15 Vintage Christmas Candy Recipes to Make This Holiday Season

peanut brittle tied together with ribbon
Photo: The Comfort of Cooking

Making old-fashioned Christmas candy is a time-honored holiday tradition, and let's be honest — homemade fudge, caramels, brittle, and bark are gifts from the kitchen anyone would be happy to receive. Whether you give them as presents to friends or enjoy them with your loved ones, these vintage Christmas candies will add some extra happiness and old-school fun to your holidays.

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Stained Glass Candy II

nancy's homemades

Multicolored miniature marshmallows give the otherwise ordinary mixture of chocolate, coconut, and walnuts a dose of pizzazz. This classic candy recipe only requires five ingredients and 30 minutes of your time, and it's simple enough for the kids to get involved.

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Chocolate Covered Cherries

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Instead of purchasing a box of chocolate covered cherries this December, make your own — the process is easy, and the candy is so delicious you'll never want store-bought again. You can enjoy them as-is, right after you're finished making them, or let them "ripen" for 1-2 weeks for a softer interior. To prevent leakage, double dip the bottoms.

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Saltine Toffee Cookies

Saltine Toffee Cookies on a white plate
Lena's Nova Scotia

Saltine toffee cookies are one of those treats that everyone loves, which makes them a great gift. This recipe is super simple and quick, but these crunchy treats taste so delicious people will think you got them at a candy shop.

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Candied Lemon Peel


Candied lemon peel is delicious on its own, but it also makes a nice garnish for frosted cookies and cakes, or a flavorful mix-in for quick breads. This simple technique works with other citrus peels, so if you want to switch things up, try it with orange and grapefruit as well.

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Melissa Goff

"I tried your recipe last night and it turned out great! I had no problem with it setting up and getting the right firmness," says community member MROSSON. "It tastes great also. It was the first time that I had ever attempted to make divinity I had always heard that it was very difficult but your recipe worked great for me."

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Chewy Caramel

a square green plate holding fresh cut caramels

This simple recipe yields buttery and rich caramel that's delicious as-is or incorporated into other candies or baked goods. For a firmer candy, chill before wrapping and refrigerate overnight.

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Candy Strawberries


In addition to being adorable, these easy candy strawberries are super sweet and have a lovely texture thanks to the inclusion of ground nuts. Feel free to use this technique with other flavors of gelatin and roll the candy into whatever shape you want.

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Mom's Best Peanut Brittle

peanut brittle tied together with ribbon
The Comfort of Cooking

"I'd give this ten stars if I could! I made many batches of this and gave out for Christmas gifts and received RAVE reviews," says community member PAULABASKET. "You definitely have to have the ingredients ready to go while you are making this, but don't let that scare you off. Once you have done one or two batches, you definitely get a "feel" for the process."

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Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge

squares of chocolate walnut fudge on a square white plate
My Hot Southern Mess

This super creamy and chocolatey fudge comes together in just half an hour, and the process is so simple you'll never need another fudge recipe. Microwave the marshmallow creme for about 15 seconds before adding it to the pan. This way, it will mix in with the other ingredients much more easily and is less likely to stick to the pan.

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5-Ingredient Peppermint Bark

pieces of homemade peppermint bark on a dessert plate
Kat G

This homemade peppermint bark is just as fun to make and give as it is to receive. You can also play around with this recipe and use candy canes or different types of chocolate.

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Best Toffee Ever - Super Easy

pieces of homemade toffee topped with nuts

Just like its name promises, this knockout toffee is easy and delicious. The toffee's thickness will depend on what size baking sheet you use — for thinner toffee, use a larger sheet, but if you prefer your toffee thicker, size down.

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World's Best Peanut Butter Fudge


In the words of recipe creator Debby, this peanut butter fudge is too good to only make at Christmas. It tastes like peanut butter cookie dough or the inside of a peanut butter cup, but smoother. Let it refrigerate before cutting for firmer fudge.

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Christmas Turtles® Candies


These 4-ingredient candies are so easy to assemble! Reviewers suggest melting the caramels with a tablespoon of milk or water to make them softer and easier to chew when they set up.

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Torrone (Italian Nut and Nougat Confection)

Torrone (Italian Nut and Nougat Confection)
Nut and Nougat Confection. Chef John

This traditional Italian candy looks impressive, but it's actually quite simple to make. Be sure to factor in plenty of time for standing at the stove stirring.

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Luscious Chocolate Truffles


These simple truffles only require three ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry: chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract. "The only problem with this recipe was the fact that i could not stop eating them," says community member *Lisa*. "They were so addicting!"

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