We gathered a sampling of our best Christmas candy recipes into one place so you can pick and choose your favorites, from the easy to the elaborate, and the traditional to the modern.
Red-and-white-marbled peppermint marshmallows make charming gifts for hostesses, teachers, and neighbors, especially when paired with a container of hot cocoa mix. Package the marshmallows in a clear cellophane bag so they can show off their pretty swirls.
No need for a candy thermometer to make this easy chocolate fudge. Cream and butter are heated with marshmallows to form a sweet and smooth foundation, and then white or semisweet chocolate chips are melted in. Cut the fudge into shapes using cookie cutters, or simply slice into squares, and decorate the top with toasted nuts or crushed peppermints.
Caramelized brittle surrounds toasted nuts (choose from peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, or pumpkin seeds) in this 9-by-13-inch block of brittle. Tied with a decorative bow and paired with a small hammer, this nut brittle makes a fun addition to a party or a great gift for a family.
Melted bittersweet, milk, or white chocolate in a parchment-lined baking sheet presents many delicious topping possibilities. Try one of our bark variations below or experiment with your own favorite flavors.
Movie Theater Bark
Cherry and Orange Peel Bark
Lime and Macadamia Nut Bark
Pistachio, Dried Cranberry, and Toasted-Coconut Bark
Crackly Two-Tone Bark
Chocolate-Almond Wood-Grain Bark
Chopped hazelnuts and orange zest are mixed into this easy chocolate bark, which is then sprinkled with coarse salt. It only takes 15 minutes to assemble this Christmas candy; the recipe can easily be doubled, and the nuts varied, to make gifts for everyone on your list.
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