19+ Best Christmas Candy Recipes You Can Make At Home This Year! (2024)

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Christmas candy comes in so many wonderful shapes, sizes, and flavors it's impossible to choose a favorite! Instead, I narrowed down a list of the best Christmas candy recipes you can make at home! These classic Christmas candies will satisfy your sweet tooth and have the whole family feeling festive!

Best Christmas Candy Recipes

I look forward to trying new homemade Christmas candy recipes, and sometimes, it's nice to take a break from baking Christmas cookies. The timeless Christmas candy recipes below come highly requested by my family each year!

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  • Best Christmas Candy Recipes
  • 1. Crock Pot Christmas Crack
  • 2. Christmas Nougat
  • 3. Christmas Crack
  • 4. Divinity
  • 5. Chocolate Billionaires
  • 6. Polar Bear Paws Candies (See’s Copycat)
  • 7. Christmas Fudge
  • 8. Candied Orange Peel
  • 9. Mexican Pralines
  • 10. Reindeer Chow
  • 11. Christmas Fruitcake Truffles
  • 12. Christmas Popcorn Balls
  • 13. Buckeye Balls
  • 14. Christmas Buttermints
  • 15. Homemade Marshmallows
  • 16. Caramels
  • 17. Pecan Logs
  • 18. Peppermint Brittle
  • 19. Stained Glass Candy
  • 💭 Tips For Making Christmas Candy
  • 📖 Recipe Card
  • Best Christmas Candy: Crock Pot Christmas Crack (+19 Tasty Holiday Candy Recipes!)
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Streamline all of your Christmas planning by following my Ultimate Christmas Guide! You can also find all of my other easy Christmas desserts right here!

1. Crock Pot Christmas Crack

Crockpot Christmas crack is a classic holiday treat that is totally fool-proof and beginner-friendly! Toss peanuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and almond bark in your crockpot, and let it do the rest!

Crock Pot Christmas Crack

This easy-to-make crock pot Christmas crack, aka Christmas candy, is a delightfully tasty holiday treat that anyone can make with very little fuss! The tasty combination of chocolate and peanut butter make these festive peanut clusters a popular favorite for kids of all ages!

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2. Christmas Nougat

This 4-ingredient Christmas nougat has chewy chunks of gumdrop candy all throughout! It's the perfect candy for filling up goodie bags and gift baskets!

Christmas Nougat

This Christmas nougat is a festive and vibrant, easy-to-make, no-bake candy treat that is perfect for the holidays! The brightly colored red and green gumdrops are dotted throughout the classic nougat recipe. Plus, they make a beautiful addition to Christmas gift baskets!

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3. Christmas Crack

Unlike the crockpot Christmas crack above, this version is made with saltine crackers, giving it the perfect crunch! It's made with just 5 ingredients and tastes like a delicious toffee bar!

Christmas Crack (Saltine Toffee Candy)

Christmas crack saltine toffee candy is so simple that no one will know they are eating toffee bars that are based on saltine crackers! These tasty crunchy toffee bars simply melt in your mouth and satisfy all of your cravings for something deliciously sweet and salty! Plus, they only use 5 ingredients!

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4. Divinity

Divinity is a light, airy, old-school candy that has truly stood the test of time! Pecans add a great crunchy texture, and the nutty flavor breaks up the sweetness just enough!

Divinity Candy

Divinity is an old-fashioned candy that is billowy, light, and airy for a wonderfully sweet confection that everyone will enjoy! It's a classic Southern treat that is hard to find in stores but easy to make at home! Trust me, this soft and fluffy divinity is true to its name- it tastes completely divine!

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5. Chocolate Billionaires

From start to finish, chocolate billionaire candies only take about 30 minutes to prepare. They combine Rice Krispies, chocolate, caramel, and pecans for a chewy, crunchy treat!

Chocolate Billionaires

Chocolate billionaires are a tasty candy that features Rice Krispies and pecans that are coated with caramel and then dipped in chocolate! These bite-sized treats are crazy delicious and perfect for any occasion! It's hard to believe they are so good when they only use 6 ingredients!

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6. Polar Bear Paws Candies (See’s Copycat)

My See's Candy copycat recipe for polar bear paws tastes just like the real thing! This homemade candy recipe is easy enough for the kids to help.

(My polar bear paw print cookies are another adorable favorite you can make with kids in the kitchen!)

Polar Bear Paws Candies

These polar bear paws candies are a copycat of the classic recipe from the famous See's candy shop that everyone knows and loves. They are filled with crunchy, salty peanuts and a rich, buttery caramel then coated in white chocolate. Polar bear paws are undeniably one of the best holiday treats!

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7. Christmas Fudge

This rich and chocolatey Christmas fudge is simple and can be customized with your favorite holiday sprinkles. Follow my guide on how to make fudge, and you can't mess it up!

If fudge is right up your alley when it comes to sweet treats, be sure to try all these fabulous Christmas fudge recipes!

Christmas Fudge

This Christmas fudge is ridiculously easy to prepare, tastes absolutely delicious, and is topped with some festive sprinkles! With such a rich and decadent flavor, no one will believe how easy it was to make! In fact, this tasty treat requires just 4 simple ingredients and only takes 5 minutes of prep work!

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8. Candied Orange Peel

Candied fruit peel makes an elegant and delicious addition to co*cktails and baked goods, or you can eat it on its own! Orange peel is a classic choice, though I could really go for any candied fruit around Christmastime!

Candied Orange Peel

Candied orange peel is an incredibly easy sweet fruity treat that can be used in a number of fun and fabulous ways! The strips of orange peel are simmered in a sugary syrup with a touch of vanilla then sugar-coated and dried. Snack on them as they are, use them to garnish your co*cktails, or bake them into your favorite desserts or baked goods!

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9. Mexican Pralines

Pecan pralines are a classic Mexican recipe that has become a Christmas staple in the South. They're rich, creamy, and ready to eat in just 10 minutes!

Mexican Pralines

These Mexican pralines are a super rich and decadent kind of homemade candy that only take 10 minutes to prepare! They are sweet, creamy, and loaded with delicious pecans! Not to mention, this beginner-friendly recipe is super easy to make!

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10. Reindeer Chow

Reindeer chow is a muddy buddy mix with red and green M&Ms for a festive twist! I portion it out to add to lunch boxes and gift bags through December!

Reindeer Chow

Reindeer chow is a fun Christmas muddy buddy snack mix that is loaded with tasty treats and festive red and green M&M candies! It's a perfect recipe for getting the kids involved or serving at any holiday get-together! Trust me, it's so addicting that there won't be any leftovers!

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11. Christmas Fruitcake Truffles

Chocolate-covered bite-sized balls of fruitcake? Yes, please! It's great for leftover holiday fruitcakes; you can even put a stick in them to make cake pops!

See all of the wonderful ways you can use fruitcake mix right here!

Christmas Fruitcake Truffles

This Christmas Fruitcake truffles recipe takes a classic fruitcake and turns it into bite sized chocolate desserts in a snap! It only requires a few ingredients and there is no actual baking, you just need to melt the chocolate coating. It's a great way to use leftover fruitcake, too!

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12. Christmas Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls are so easy to make and always a crowd favorite (plus they're great for gifting)! All you need is popped popcorn, butter, red and green M&Ms, and marshmallows!

Christmas Popcorn Balls

These Christmas popcorn balls are a delightfully simple and delicious treat that's perfect for any holiday festivities! Popcorn is coated with melted marshmallows and then festive red and green M&Ms are stirred in (no corn syrup in this recipe!) Simply allow the balls to set and you are ready to enjoy them- no baking required!

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13. Buckeye Balls

Everyone knows chocolate and peanut butter is a winning flavor combination. These candies back it up with a creamy peanut butter center and rich chocolate coating!

Buckeye Balls

Buckeye balls are delicious chocolate-covered balls of sweetened peanut butter. Don’t panic — this recipe makes 5 dozen so there are plenty to share!

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14. Christmas Buttermints

These classic Christmas buttermints don't require any actual cooking and can easily be molded or cut into cute shapes! They're quick and easy to make but will need 24 hours to harden before you should serve them.

Christmas Butter Mints Recipe

No proper Southern tea party, wedding reception, or baby shower is complete without a candy dish brimming with delicate buttermints. Traditionally colored in a rainbow of pastel hues, they are light and crisp with a buttery richness, a refreshing minty flavor, and a texture that melts in your mouth.…

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15. Homemade Marshmallows

These soft and chewy vanilla marshmallows will have you questioning why you ever bought marshmallows from the store in the first place. Nothing compares to a warm mug of hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows!

Dunk These Homemade Marshmallows In Your Hot Cocoa

They’re so pillow soft, they practically melt in your mouth! 🥰

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16. Caramels

Chewy homemade caramels are a personal favorite of mine and a labor of love! The wrapped caramel candies you remember from childhood are good, but homemade caramel candies taste so much better!

Caramels

This caramel recipe uses simple ingredients like sugar, corn syrup, evaporated milk, butter, and cream to make satiny-smooth, soft homemade caramels.

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17. Pecan Logs

Pecan logs are a Southern favorite made popular by the convenience store Stuckey's. Light and chewy nougat and caramel are rolled out in longs and then coated in pecans for the perfect crunch!

This Old-Fashioned Pecan Logs Recipe Tastes Just Like Our Childhood Trips to Stuckey’s

These classic pecan logs look more complicated than they are thanks to melted caramel candies standing in for homemade caramel.

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18. Peppermint Brittle

Every year, I have to get my hands on some peppermint brittle at least once during the holiday season! It's super easy to make, and you can wrap it in colored cellophane and tie it with a bow for easy gifts!

Peppermint Brittle

Make peppermint brittle with crushed peppermint candies stirred into melted white chocolate. The mixture is spread into a pan and allowed to chill until hardened.

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19. Stained Glass Candy

Stained glass candy is a hard peppermint sugar candy that can be colored any color you like! It's crunchy and transparent like glass and can be enjoyed on its own or used to decorate your Christmas baked goods!

Upgrade Your Christmas Tins with Stained Glass Candy

Stained Glass Candy is that easy Christmas candy you can tuck into your holiday baking tins with other goodies. Make batches in multiple colors and you’ve got a treat that wows.

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💭 Tips For Making Christmas Candy

If you aren't familiar with making candy, I always recommend testing a recipe with a trial run before the holidays. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:

  1. Plan Ahead: Plan what kind of holiday candies you will make and write a list of ingredients and any special tools needed.
  2. Use a Candy Thermometer: A candy thermometer is essential for making candies that require precise temperatures.
  3. Read the Recipe Thoroughly: Before you start, read the recipe carefully to understand the steps. Many candies require precise timing, so it's good to know what's coming!
  4. Measure Accurately: Use measuring cups and spoons to measure your ingredients precisely (no guessing)! I have plenty of conversion guides here on BIWL, including grams of sugar to cups and converting teaspoons to tablespoons.
  5. Stay Organized: To work efficiently, assemble all your ingredients and tools before you start. That way, you aren't scrambling and can stay focused on your candy!

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Best Christmas Candy: Crock Pot Christmas Crack (+19 Tasty Holiday Candy Recipes!)

Christmas candy comes in so many wonderful shapes, sizes, and flavors, it's impossible to choose a favorite! Instead, I narrowed down a list of the best Christmas candy recipes you can make at home! These classic Christmas candies will satisfy your sweet tooth and have the whole family feeling festive!

Author | Angela

Servings: 60 servings

Calories: 286kcal

Prep 5 minutes minutes

Cooking 2 hours hours 30 minutes minutes

Setting Time 1 hour hour

Total Time 3 hours hours 35 minutes minutes

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz unsalted peanuts (1 16 ounce jar)
  • 16 oz salted peanuts (1 16 ounce jar)
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 12 ounce bag)
  • 12 oz milk chocolate chips (1 12 ounce bag)
  • 20 oz peanut butter chips (2 10 ounce bags)
  • 2 lbs white almond bark (or vanilla candy coating)

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Instructions

  • Layer all of the ingredients into your crock pot or slow cooker, starting with the roasted peanuts (salted and unsalted). Add the semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips, plus the peanut butter chips, then the white almond bark. *Breaking the almond bark down into the squares will work just fine for melting in this candy recipe.

  • Cover the crock pot and turn to low heat. After 1 ½ hours, uncover and stir. Return the cover and cook on low heat for another 30 minutes. Once the chocolate and peanuts have cooked for 2 hours, stir and turn off the heat. Replace the cover and leave the mixture in your crock pot for an additional 30 minutes.

  • Stir before portioning out the chocolate candy mixture onto parchment paper, wax paper, or aluminum foil. Leave the candies to harden for about 1 hour at room temperature.

Notes

  • My favorite way to change this recipe up a bit is to use one package peanut butter chips (10 ounces) and then swap in Reese's mini pieces (10 ounces) for the second portion of peanut butter chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal (14%) | Carbohydrates: 26g (9%) | Protein: 6g (12%) | Fat: 18g (28%) | Saturated Fat: 10g (63%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg (1%) | Sodium: 61mg (3%) | Potassium: 141mg (4%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 21g (23%) | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) | Calcium: 22mg (2%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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