homemade Butterfingers

The best things about Halloween are candy, dressing up in costume, and more candy, in that order. It’s the one holiday where you are truly allowed to go overboard on the sugar rush—it’ll only help you out later when you’re trick-or-treating on the last block in the neighborhood! Loving the sugar, but aren’t cool with all the extra stabilizers and emulsifiers added into packaged products? Whether you’re looking for a fun project or want to give out candy that doesn’t have the extra junk, try making your own Halloween candy at home! Read on for more recipes for candy like sour gummy bears, homemade Crunch bars, and DIY Reese’s peanut butter cups:

Homemade Snickers Bars

homemade Snickers

Butter with a Side of Bread

Crunchy nuts are folded into homemade nougat, topped with caramel and then covered with ganache for good measure. These DIY Snickers bars can be cut into bigger chunks for a more dessert-like portion, or into smaller pieces to hand out to treaters at the door. Get the recipe.

Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

homemade Reese's peanut butter cups

The Recipe Critic

If there’s a Halloween candy favorite, it might have to be the lowly peanut butter cup. Super easy to assemble, these sweet cups only need a mini muffin tin and liners to make these treats at home. Get the recipe.

Homemade Candy Corn

homemade candy corn

The Kitchen is My Playground

Nobody actually likes it, but candy corn just may be the quintessential candy of Halloween. Sugar sweet and dyed with food coloring, these treats are one you just have to have in your bag, but are the last ones to get eaten. Get the recipe.

Homemade Crunch Bar

homemade chocolate crunch bar

Beaming Baker

Skip the junk. These homemade Crunch bars don’t have any of the extra ingredients that the packaged bars list on the back. Simply puffed brown rice cereal, chocolate, and coconut oil, these treats are dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan depending on your chocolate preference! Get the recipe.

Homemade Butterfinger Bars

homemade Butterfingers

Deliciously Yum

Who doesn’t love the snap of a Butterfinger bar? Take this recipe for peanut butter treats to the kitchen ASAP for these ultimate sweet and crunchy candies. Get the recipe.

Homemade Starbursts

homemade Starburst lemon chew candy

The Spruce

Chewy, tart, and oh-so-natural, these homemade Starbursts are made with simple ingredients and real flavors. Citric acid gives the candies tartness without any added artificial flavors. Get the recipe.

Homemade Twix Bars

homemade Twix bars

I Heart Nap Time

Who can deny a cookie and candy mashup? These Twix bars may not come in pairs, but they can definitely be eaten in twos for prime candy consumption. Get the recipe.

Tootsie Rolls

homemade Tootsie rolls

Cheap Recipe Blog

Tootsie Rolls—America’s favorite candy! Make these chewy chocolate candies at home with all-natural ingredients you can find at your local grocer. Get the recipe.

Homemade Sweet Tarts

homemade sweet tarts

Instructables

One of the classics, Sweet Tarts, have found their way into Halloween treat bags for years. Small discs of sweet and tart, these candies rolled up into little sleeves are perfect to pass out to your neighbors. Get the recipe.

Homemade 3 Musketeers

homemade 3 Musketeers candy bars

Mom.me

Pillows of rich chocolate are covered in another layer of rich melted chocolate in these momemade 3 Musketeers bars. These candies might be the first to melt in your bag, so that just means you’ll have to eat them faster! Get the recipe.

Homemade Sour Gummy Bears

homemade sour gummy bears

Bigger Bolder Baking

Go for gummy with these all-natural sour bears! Play with different fruit juices for a variety of flavors and portion out bears into small baggies for easy distribution. Get the recipe.

Homemade Suckers

homemade Halloween candy suckers or lollipops

I Heart Nap Time

Whether you call them suckers or lollipops, we can all agree that candy is the sweetest deal about Halloween. Try sprinkling Halloween sprinkles or edible decorations into the lollipops before they set into hard suckers for an extra festive touch! Get the recipe.

Rachel Johnson is a millennial food person; she writes about food, all she Instagrams is food, and she just can't stop talking about it. Her first cookbook, "Stupid Good: A Shut Up and Cook Book" was published in 2014, encouraging the merits of fresh, vibrant food and cooking for yourself as a twentysomething. Today, Rachel works as a freelance food writer and photographer specializing in online food media and manages her brand, Stupid Good Food. She lives in Austin with her boyfriend, dog, and full pantry.
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