Yes, we all love an excuse to buy bags of miniature candy. But this year, why not put your kitchen skills to the test and remake some old favorites? From Crunch bars to Twix, we’ll show you how to take your candy-making to Willy Wonka-esque heights.
1. Chocolate-Dipped Salted Caramels
Can’t decide between caramel and chocolate? Well you don’t have to. This homemade candy recipe features squares of creamy, salty caramel dipped in a rich chocolate coating. It’s a little labor intensive and you’ll need a candy thermometer but you promise you it’s worth it. Get our Chocolate-Dipped Salted Caramels recipe.
2. Peanut Butta Cups
Recreate everyone’s favorite candy with this recipe. A sweet and creamy peanut butter filling is covered in milk chocolate. The neatest trick to the recipe is adding crushed graham crackers into the filling for that extra crunch. Get our Peanut Butta Cups.
3. Honey-Butterscotch Candy
If you’re nervous about trying your hand at candy-making, this is a perfect place to start. Butterscotch is simple to make, but tastes complicated. Simply heat your ingredients to the proper temperature, pour it into a pan, and let it cool. Get our Honey-Butterscotch Candy recipe.
4. Peanut Butter Fudge
Fudge is a classic candy for good reason: It’s easy to make and a serious crowd-pleaser. This version relies on peanut butter for rich, nutty flavor. You don’t need any special equipment or technique, just cook, stir, and wait! Get our Peanut Butter Fudge recipe.
5. Honey Nougat
Delicate and ethereally sweet, this nougat recipe gets its unusual flavor from orange flower water. Pistachios and almonds add texture and a more robust taste, and honey and candied citrus peel add sweetness. This is the perfect candy to make and gift for holidays or special occasions: It takes effort to make but pays off in good looks and fantastic flavor. Get our Honey Nougat recipe.
6. Cake Pops
Okay, cake pops aren’t really candy, strictly speaking, but we challenge you to find a trick-or-treater who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive one. These pretty little desserts are easy to dress up any way you like. We envision some pumpkin-themed decorations in time for the holiday. Get our Cake Pops recipe.
7. Chile-Tamarind Trixy Stix
Pixy Stix are really the crème de la crème of candy; it’s virtually impossible to get a bigger hit of sweetness that with a paper stick filled with pure sugar. If you’re a fan, try your hand at making them at home. Our version gets a little fancy with some heat from cayenne pepper and a sour-sweet tang from tamarind paste. Try them for your next party, since most of the adults we know will flip at the chance to eat such a grownup version of a childhood sweet. Get our Trixy Stix recipe.
8. Easy Homemade Toffee
Crunchy, caramelized, and super sweet, homemade toffee is good enough to be habit-forming. The crisp caramel base is topped with chocolate and a sprinkling of toasted nuts. We love eating the buttery candy as a snack, but it’s also excellent crushed up and added to cookie dough or as a topping for ice cream.. Get the recipe here.
9. Homemade Mallo Cups
Creamy marshmallow and coconut filling coated in chocolate: Are you in? With this recipe, you’ll learn to make a homemade marshmallow fluff, which will get topped with coconut and covered in chocolate. This creative recipe is like a marshmallow version of a peanut butter cup, and we love the idea. We’re already thinking about all the other possibilities with this candy template. Get the recipe here.
10. Homemade Cow Tales
Making your own Cow Tales feels like the ultimate expression of a childhood dream. You don’t even need to go to the store! You can make it and eat it all! And the thrill won’t wear off, because this recipe showcases the magic of candy making. You can turn a few simple ingredients into a sweet caramel exterior and cream filling. You’ll need a few special tools, like a candy thermometer, but the recipe is easy to follow for a cook of any level. Get the recipe here.
11. Homemade Peppermint Patties
Once you master this recipe, you’ll have trouble going back to the real store-bought deal. To make your own Peppermint Patties, you’ll mix up a creamy mint filling which you shape into a log, slice, and dip into chocolate. We like to make them for dinner parties and potlucks: No one else ever brings homemade candy! Get the recipe here.
Header image: Peanut Butter Fudge from Chowhound
Posie Harwood is a New York City-based writer and photographer. She grew up on a farm and likes raw milk, warm bread with butter, and plenty of fresh air. Follow her on Instagram, and her blog 600 Acres.