The weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday are filled with plenty of parties and get-togethers, so what are you going to bring the host? These six-ingredient-or-less candy recipes are the answer to an easy and homemade gift. Plus, many of these candies keep for a few weeks; simply double the batch and store in the fridge for the next occasion to come around. Classic candies like peppermint, peanut brittle, and fudge come together with only a few ingredients and only take a little bit of time and love to make. Check out the recipes for easy Christmas candy, from quintessential Peppermint Patties to festive Christmas Chocolate Truffles.
Mint is so classically Christmas—it’s fresh and bright flavor cuts through the decadence of quality dark chocolate. If you’re looking to really punch up the holiday flair, add some red or green food coloring to the minty center. Get the recipe.
Forget the cookies! These easy homemade caramels are exactly what Santa is looking for. Wrap these treats in waxed paper for easy storing and gifting. Get the recipe.
Looking for a last-minute treat to fill up the stockings? These simple lollipops are made with just three ingredients: water, sugar, and a few sprinkles! The only specialty item you’re going to need is the lollipop stick, found at most craft stores. Get the recipe.
Peanut brittle may be old school, but it sure is delicious! This retro candy tastes even better when it comes out of your own kitchen—break off pieces and store in pretty gift tins for an easy present. Get the recipe.
Candy doesn’t have to be complicated. These marshmallow treats are made from three store-bought ingredients, and you can even get creative with the extra sprinkles. Go with sea salt for a grown-up twist, or stick with everyone’s favorite: chocolate sprinkles. Get the recipe.
Meringues are so sweet and satisfying, but they do take a little skill and a candy thermometer. These cloud-like candies are made from whipped meringue, ribboned with peppermint, and hardened in a warm oven until ready for packaging. Get the recipe.
When’s the last time you had a gumdrop? Skip the store-bought and set out a bowl of homemade gummy treats. These candies get their texture from no-sugar-added applesauce and a little color from packaged Jell-O! Get the recipe.
Get creative with color combinations with this classic fudge recipe. These sugary treats use frosting and white chocolate melting candies to make the basic batter. Divide into three bowls, dye with food coloring, and layer as you wish! Get the recipe.
These adorable treats have exactly zero baking or cooking time—ideal for getting the kids involved! Simply stack pre-made candies with sturdy royal icing to decorate these mini Christmas trees. Get the recipe.
This candy recipe could not be easier. Two mini candy canes touch to form a heart and are filled with delicious white chocolate! Garnish with festive sprinkles to jazz up the presentation. Get the recipe.
Oreo cookies are crushed and mixed with cream cheese to make the most delicious truffle filling ever. Simply dip the chilled balls into melted chocolate and garnish with crushed candy canes for a super simple treat. Get the recipe.
These truffles require a little bit of cooking, but the decadent centers make it all worth it. Set the truffles into mini muffin liners and into small gift boxes for a thoughtful present idea. Get the recipe.