50+ Easy Homemade Candy Recipes

50+ Easy Homemade Candy Recipes including chocolate, truffles, caramels and more you can make with kids, give as gifts to friends and family.

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Candy doesn’t have to be daunting to make at home, these recipes are an easy mix of fun treats you can make at home with kids! Give them as gifts to your friends, neighbors, coworkers and family or take them to work for potlucks, these are great one bite desserts that can feed a crowd.

Storing candy:

  • Keep candy in a cool, dry place – moisture and heat will cause candy to stick to each other.
  • Keep the pieces separated by a layer or wax or parchment paper to keep them from sticking.
  • Use an airtight container when possible to prevent candy from going stale.
  • Box up gifts at the last minute as most boxes are not airtight.
  • Fun gift idea – if you make the recipes add a note with links to the recipe so the gift receiver can make the candy again.

Turtle Pretzels

Pretzel Turtles are a sweet and salty caramel treat that's incredibly EASY to make in just a few minutes with only 3 ingredients!
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Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle is the PERFECT party dessert, made with butter, peanuts, and corn syrup, it's sweet, crunchy, and ready in under 60 minutes!
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Saltine Toffee

Saltine Cracker Toffee, aka Christmas Crack, is the perfect gift made with saltines, brown sugar, butter and chocolate chips in minutes.
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Chocolate Fudge

Chocolate Fudge is a rich and indulgent take on an old-fashioned recipe, is no-bake, and only takes 3 ingredients that you already have in your pantry!
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Mixed Nut Clusters

Mixed Nut Clusters are the perfect sweet and nutty treat packed with walnuts, cashews, pecans, and almonds. Easily made in just a few minutes!
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Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark is sweet layers of dark and white chocolate topped with crushed peppermint candies. EASY to make and no baking!
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Buckeye Balls

Easy Buckeye Balls are peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. They're a no-bake candy treat with only 6 ingredients! Check it out!
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Cream Cheese Mints

Cream Cheese Mints are buttery, melt-in-your-mouth candies full of peppermint, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Easily made in minutes for holidays!
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Rum Balls

Rum Balls are an easy chocolate candy with rum, cocoa, pecans and cookies you can make and decorate in just minutes. Perfect for gifts or easy dinner parties!
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Oreo Balls (Oreo Truffles)

Oreo Balls (aka Oreo Truffles) made with only FOUR ingredients are a sweet and indulgent no-bake recipe that's ready in under 45 minutes!
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Christmas White Chocolate Trash Snack Mix

Christmas White Chocolate Trash Snack Mix combines pretzels, cereal, peanuts and chocolate coated candies with a coating of white chocolate.
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Chocolate Covered Oreos

Chocolate Covered Oreos are sandwich cookies smothered in chocolate and hardened into the PERFECT combo of sweet and crunchy. They're incredibly easy to make and a great holiday treat!
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Cookie Dough Truffles

Cookie Dough Truffles made with edible chocolate chip cookie dough full of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and dipped in chocolate with sprinkles, the perfect sweet bite!
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Rocky Road Fudge

Rocky Road Fudge made with just 6 ingredients including milk chocolate, walnuts, chocolate chips and marshmallows takes just 10 minutes.
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Chocolate Covered Caramels

Chocolate Covered Caramels are soft, chewy, and PERFECT for the holidays, made with sugar, butter, vanilla, and heavy cream, then coated with sweet chocolate.
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White Chocolate Fruit and Nut Clusters

White Chocolate Fruit and Nut Clusters are an easy dessert perfect for parties or as gifts. Dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate candy ready in 30 minutes.
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Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Rods

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Rods are a yummy mixture of melted caramel, pretzel rods, cubed butter, milk chocolate candy coating, chopped walnuts, and sugar.
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Cake Balls (Cake Truffles)

Cake Balls (Cake Truffles) are the PERFECT dessert, made with sweet yellow cake mixed with buttercream frosting and sprinkles then coated in melted white chocolate and topped with extra sprinkles!
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Fruitcake Bark

Fruitcake Bark is a fun twist on a holiday classic made with white chocolate, candied fruit, walnuts, gingersnaps and just a pinch of brandy.
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Peppermint Oreo Balls

Peppermint Oreo Balls are crushed Oreo cookies and cream cheese dipped in sweet chocolate then rolled in crushed peppermint candies. They're the PERFECT no-bake sweet indulgent treat to serve or gift this holiday season!
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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels are sweet, salty, and crunchy, made with pretzel twists, melted chocolate and flaky sea salt. It's the perfect holiday treat, or you can give them as gifts!
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Slow Cooker Candied Cinnamon Pecans

Slow Cooker Candied Cinnamon Pecans are a total breeze to make and will leave your house smelling absolutely delicious! Plus they double as amazing holiday gifts you can make in bulk!
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Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers

Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers are sweet and crunchy, made with graham crackers and melted chocolate, and the PERFECT no-bake treat!
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Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge is a smooth, buttery and rich old-fashioned recipe, with only 6 ingredients that is fridge ready in 10 minutes and perfect for holiday gifts!
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Peppermint Patties

Peppermint Patties are sweet and minty peppermint discs coated in chocolate, and incredibly EASY to make with only 4 ingredients!
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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels are the PERFECT no-bake combo of salty and sweet with creamy peanut butter frosting and an indulgent chocolate coating!
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Salted Caramels

Salted Caramels made with sugar, cream, butter, and corn syrup are the PERFECT combo of sweet and salty, and incredibly easy to make!
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Chubby Hubby Bark

Chubby Hubby Bark is a no-bake goodie inspired by a popular ice cream that you can make with pretzels, white chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate chips.
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White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels

These Chocolate Pretzels are easy no-bake holiday treats with just 2 ingredients. Salty pretzel twists covered in melted white chocolate chips.
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Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Butter Squares

Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Butter Squares are an easy no-bake bar with marshmallows, chocolate, peanut butter and peanuts in 30 minutes!
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Peanut Butter Confetti Squares

Peanut Butter Confetti Squares are an easy colorful dessert with fruity marshmallows, peanut butter, and butterscotch chips to make the perfect marshmallow fudge dessert.
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Mint Chocolate Covered Oreos

Mint Chocolate Covered Oreos are the PERFECT combo of sweet and crunchy, made with mint Oreos dipped in melted chocolate and covered in green sprinkles!
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Chocolate Cheesecake Bites

Chocolate Cheesecake Bites is an easy no-bake treat made from cream cheese, chocolate pudding and mini chocolate chips rolled in cocoa powder. 
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Homemade Turtle Candies

Homemade Turtle Candies are the PERFECT sweet and crunchy no-bake candy, made with melted chocolate and caramel over toasted pecans, ready in only minutes!
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Potato Chip Clusters

Potato Chip Clusters are a salty candy clusters made with melted white chocolate, crunchy potato chips, and walnuts. The perfect savory sweet party snack!
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Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles made with only 3 ingredients and rolled in cocoa powder or powdered sugar are a creamy, indulgent dessert and incredibly EASY to make!
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Sour Patch Grapes - Healthier than the Candy!

With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!
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Chunky Monkey Bark

Chunky Monkey Bark is a an easy candy perfect for the holidays, with white chocolate, freeze dried bananas, walnuts, and chocolate chips.
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Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips are an easy 10 minute snack recipe with 2 ingredients. The perfect combination of crunchy, salty, and sweet!
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Chocolate Walnut Fudge

Chocolate Walnut Fudge made with ONLY 4 ingredients, butter, chocolate, condensed milk, and walnuts, is the perfect indulgent treat for the weekend!
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White Chocolate Candy Cane Oreo Bark

White Chocolate Candy Cane Oreo Bark is a no-bake treat, with dark chocolate, Oreo cookies, peppermint extract, and crushed candy canes.
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Oreo Bark Recipe

Oreo Bark is an easy 15 minute dessert made with white chocolate and lots of Oreos chunks, the quickest cookies and cream holiday candy everyone will love! 
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Chocolate Confetti Squares

Chocolate Confetti Squares are an easy no-bake dessert with fruity marshmallows, melted chocolate chips and peanut butter that taste like part marshmallow treat and part fudge!
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Rocky Road Chocolate Candy

Rocky Road Candy is an easy recipe with just 3 ingredients. Yummy chewy holiday candy recipe made with melted chocolate, marshmallows, and toasted almonds!
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Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Candy

Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Candy made with just four ingredients is a perfectly easy holiday recipe that will make gifting even easier!
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Chocolate Covered Almonds

Chocolate Covered Almonds are sweet and salty, made with almonds coated in melted chocolate and topped with flaky sea salt, ready in no time at all!
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Strawberry Cake Balls

Strawberry Cake Balls made with ONLY 4 ingredients are sweet, creamy, coated in melted chocolate and incredibly easy to make!
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Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn is crispy, buttery, salty and sweet! With just a few ingredients, you'll have fresh caramel corn and never go back to bagged!
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Homemade Crunch Bars

Homemade Crunch Bars are an easy candy bar made with Rice Krispies Cereal, chocolate chips and just a touch of sea salt made in just 10 minutes! You'll never buy the pre-made version again.
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Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows made from gelatin, sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla extract are sweet, fluffy, and incredibly EASY to make!
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Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples are an Autumn treat made from Granny Smith apples, hot caramel sauce, and plenty of tasty toppings.
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

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