Our Top 20 Most Popular Homemade Christmas Candy Recipes
May your holidays be sweet.
Christmas cookies tend to get all the attention, but there's more than one sweet treat to be enjoyed during the holidays. Along with all the other holiday desserts that will be put on display on your dessert table, be sure to leave room for some homemade Christmas candy. Here are our top 20 most popular Christmas candy recipes for snacking and sharing this holiday.
Homemade candy makes great food gifts and stocking stuffers, or you can simply leave a bowl of homemade candy out for friends and family to enjoy. Whether you're looking for a fudge recipe that rivals grandma's, crispy, crunchy toffee, or smooth and decadent chocolates — we have all the Christmas classics. Thousands of home cooks agree — these homemade Christmas candy recipes are the best of the best.
Most Popular Homemade Christmas Candy
It's no surprise that fudge claims the top three places on the Christmas candy popularity poll. It can be very easy to make in large batches, and who doesn't love fudge? But there's a lot more than fudge on the list. Check it out.
"Chocoholics Beware! This stuff is highly addictive! Sinfully rich, decadent, and creamy are just a few of the words that come to mind when describing this fudge," says reviewer Jillian. Discover why this chocolate fudge has over a thousand glowing reviews.
Making homemade fudge doesn't get much easier than this 4-ingredient recipe. Reviewer CHRISTYZ3 agrees, saying, "I took this to a Christmas party and everyone loved it! This recipe is so easy and so good."
"This is the best peanut butter fudge I have ever made and have been making it for several years...I am a Southern girl from the "boil and drop in cold water" school. But I have won numerous fudge contests with this recipe and will never go back to boiling and dropping," says reviewer SGILMORE1217. 15 minutes of prep work is all it takes to make this top-rated fudge recipe.
Chocolate, caramel, and a pecan on a salted pretzel is an easy holiday snack that will save well for gift giving or personal enjoyment. Reviewer j says, "Do yourself a favor and double the recipe. As long as you're going to make them, it doesn't really add much more time and expense, and these were a big hit!"
Peanut brittle is a classic holiday treat, and this version has been reviewed nearly a thousand times. "This is a wonderful peanut brittle that is easy to make and wows everyone," says recipe creator Amanda. "Have all the ingredients for this recipe measured out and ready. This recipe requires that you react quickly. You do not have time to measure ingredients in between steps."
This basic truffle recipe can be easily customized with a variety of flavors and toppings. Reviewer BPRWATSON says, "I made loads of these as Christmas presents for family and friends. They are easy, delicious and very versatile. The possibilities are endless when you sub any flavor chip and extract that you want!"
"I made a batch last night, we ate one each, and put the rest in the freezer for Christmas…I'll have to say that this is one of the few recipes that I followed and didn't deviate from," says reviewer witchywoman. Chocolate and peanut butter fans rejoice!
"I made these for a Christmas gift exchange and people were fighting over the box! They taste just as good, if not better, than the candy shop caramels," says reviewer roweena. Wrap them individually in wax paper and package them in decorative tins for a festive gift with a homemade feel.
Go ahead and make a double batch of these customizable treats. Take it from reviewer Carrie Magill who says, "Let me put it this way: I made a batch, tasted one while still warm, then immediately knew I'd need to make another batch."
If there's one flavor that encapsulates Christmas, it's undoubtedly peppermint. "A Christmastime treat! This holiday confection is gobbled up quickly by guests, and it is so easy to make," says recipe creator Honday. "The cool crunch of peppermint with creamy white chocolate is a divine combination."
11. Candy Cane Fudge
This is the fudge that wins the holiday party. "I brought a plate of it to a holiday party and the hostess was kind of upset that all of my candy was eaten and her fancy sweets from the bakery were left over. This is a GREAT recipe," says reviewer emily.
Peppermint Bark is synonymous with Christmas, and this top-rated version is as easy as it gets. "I also freeze it until I am ready to eat or give out as gifts and it tastes great! This is very simple, very easy to make. The price to make this is so much better than buying it to give out as gifts," says reviewer motherofthree. "When coming from your kitchen how can anyone not like it?"
"We made them for Christmas gifts and everyone was very impressed," says reviewer PUYALLUPGIRL. Say goodbye to store bought chocolate covered cherries for good!
"These seem to be everyone's favorite holiday candy recipe. Could be the melt in your mouth texture, or perhaps the sweet peppermint taste. Could also be the fact that this is the easiest candy recipe around," says recipe creator diane. "If stored in airtight container, these can be frozen for a couple months. These can also be made into pretty shapes by rolling in granulated sugar, pressing into candy molds, and dropping them out."
Irish cream liqueur is the secret ingredient here. Reviewer aeposey says, "Made this for the holidays and it disappeared fast...people just kept eating and eating!" Some reviewers recommend using a larger pan to avoid fudge that's too thick.
Better than you know who's. Take it from reviewer MIKAILEE who says, "I was so surprised how these turned out! They're just as good, if not better, than the ones in the store! They were really easy to make and only took a short time!"
"I have made these every year as one of many Christmas treats. My family really loves them, it wouldn't be Christmas without them," says reviewer PATTY STOCKTON. "When you dip, tap the fork on the edge of the pan to shake off excess. Slide the patty onto waxed paper—you can use the fork to make a little swirl on the top to make it pretty."
First time candy makers, don't let this recipe scare you away! Reviewer LADONNA says, "What a scary recipe for a non-candy maker. Don't stir after it boils? Can that be right? Well, apparently it is because the toffee turned out great!"
"I have never made divinity before. I was always a little hesitant because it sounded hard," says reviewer JOHNDEERE. "This was the easiest candy recipe to make. Its flavor is just as advertised 'divine.'" Sugar, egg whites, vanilla, and chopped walnuts combine to make a heavenly holiday creation.
Turn your microwave into a candy making machine with this easy recipe. Some words of advice from reviewers: Skeeter says to get everything measured and ready before you get started, and use cooking spray or butter on the lip of your glass bowl (don't use plastic) and on your spatula to make clean-up easier. She also says the directions are best for 700-watt microwaves; she shortened the cook times for her 1100-watt microwave. Carolyn says to tip the baking sheet to help the mixture spread instead of trying to spread it with a spatula. For more tips, it's always a great idea to read the reviews.