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:
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.
Sometimes you feel like a nut…and sometimes you feel like making your own homemade version of Almond Joys, where you can pack in any many crunchy almonds as you like. If you prefer Mounds bars, though, just skip the nuts and enjoy the pure smooth sweetness of coconut and chocolate uninterrupted by any crunch. Get our Homemade Almond Joys (Almond Jays) recipe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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—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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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