3-ingredient easy christmas candy

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—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.

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

homemade peppermint patties (chocolate mint candy)

Oh Nuts Blog

Mint is so classically Christmas—its 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 Homemade Peppermint Patties recipe.

Christmas Caramels

homemade caramels

Simply Whisked

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 Christmas Caramels recipe.

Homemade Holiday Lollipops

homemade Christmas holiday lollipops

Just a Taste

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 Homemade Holiday Lollipops recipe.

Peanut Brittle

sea salt peanut brittle

Layers of Happiness

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 Peanut Brittle recipe.

Chocolate Caramel Marshmallows

chocolate caramel marshmallows

Domestically Blissful

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 Chocolate Caramel Marshmallows recipe.

Candy Cane Meringues Kisses

vegan candy cane meringue kisses

Wallflower Kitchen

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 Candy Cane Meringues Kisses recipe.

Homemade Christmas Gumdrops

homemade Christmas gum drops

Mom on Time Out

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 Homemade Christmas Gumdrops recipe.

2-Ingredient Christmas Fudge

easy Christmas fudge (frosting fudge)

Belly Full

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 2-Ingredient Christmas Fudge recipe.

Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Trees

peanut butter cup christmas trees

One Little Project

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 Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Trees recipe.

3-Ingredient Christmas Candies

3-ingredient easy christmas candy

Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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 3-Ingredient Christmas Candies recipe.

Peppermint Oreo Truffles

peppermint Oreo truffles

Handle the Heat

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 Peppermint Oreo Truffles recipe.

Christmas Chocolate Truffles

easy Christmas chocolate truffles

Lord Byron’s Kitchen

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 Christmas Chocolate Truffles recipe.

For more holiday hacks, tips, tricks, and recipes, check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas and Holiday Entertaining Headquarters.

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