Our Best Christmas Candy

These gorgeous Christmas candies are perfect to give as party favors or special holiday food gifts. Whether you prefer light-as-air truffles, hard candy, over-the-top fudge, chewy caramels, or sweet gumdrops, this is your one-stop shop for delicious candy recipes.

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    Rudolph Delights

    These Christmas candies might be the cutest we've ever seen. Pretzels add a touch of salt, while chocolate brings the sweet.

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    No-Bake White Chocolate and Almond Butter Balls

    One part Christmas candy, one part Christmas cookies, these treats are sure to impress. Break open the bright white exterior to reveal a delicious blend of crisp, crunchy rice cereal and creamy almond butter. Drizzle melted white chocolate over the treats for a gourmet presentation.

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    Milk Chocolate Stocking Brownies

    Adult cookie decorating opportunity! Put your steady hands to the test with these caramel brownies. The final product is a Christmas sweet that tastes like a brownie and looks like a homemade candy bar.

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    Dark Chocolate Candy Bark

    Looking for Christmas chocolates that take just 15 minutes of hands-on time? This chocolate-on-chocolate bark calls for five ingredients and a microwave.

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    Peanut Butter Cups

    Toss the store-bought Christmas candy. Indulgent peanut butter cups are a cool winter breeze to make at home (and psst ... they're larger than store-bought, too!). Just alternate layers of melted chocolate and peanut butter in muffin cups, allowing a little time for each layer to firm up in the fridge. Simple perfection.

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    Oreo Truffles

    You won't believe how easy this truffle recipe is to follow. (Hint: just three ingredients.) Thirty minutes of prep gives you 50 Christmas cookies to share.

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    Dulce de Leche Pretzel Bites

    These truffle-esque Christmas candies contain layers of goodness: caramel-like balls of dulce de leche cookie dough, crunchy mini pretzels, and a pretty outer wrap of vanilla coating and sprinkles. They make a gorgeous presentation at Christmas parties, but be sure to grab one for yourself -- they won't last long!

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    Seriously Adorable Truffle Mice

    Prepare for squeals at your Christmas party. Licorice tails, nonpareil eyes, and almond-slice ears add lovable character to these perfectly creamy critters. These Christmas chocolates will scamper off the plate quickly!

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    Pumpkin-Gingerbread Truffles

    Christmas cookies can be simple -- like these 10-ingredient treats. Crushed gingersnaps and canned pumpkin give the stunning chocolate truffles warm holiday flavor. Finish them with a snow-like dusting of cocoa powder.

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    Cashew Brittle

    Try a nutty twist on buttery brittle by trading cashews for peanuts. This old-fashioned Christmas candy recipe takes just 15 minutes of prep and can be stored for up to a week.

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    Snowman Truffles

    Add this happy fellow to your Christmas treats repertoire this year. His face is a truffle, his hat is stacked sandwich cookies, and his eyes and nose are chocolate pieces and a gumdrop slice.

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    Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

    Three ingredients are all you need for this gone-before-you-know-it Christmas candy. Simply press creamy peanut butter between two mini pretzel twists, and drizzle the sweet sandwiches with dark chocolate.

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    Chocolate Snowball Cookies

    This recipe makes 48 cookies per batch, so pile as many of these chocolate snowballs onto the Christmas cookie tray as you can -- they’ll still be gone in a flash. 

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    Peppermint-Pretzel Candies

    For delicious candy that comes together in a snap, combine pretzels, peppermint, and white chocolate in your slow cooker. This crunchy candy cane Christmas candy makes a sweet holiday gift idea.

    Christmas Candy Tip: Be sure to use the low-heat setting when cooking chocolate in a slow cooker, and watch carefully to avoid scorching.

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    Salted Dark Chocolate-Almond Bark

    A little sea salt goes a long way in this five-ingredient candy recipe. Microwave two kinds of chocolate to create the bark, then top with smoked almonds and 1/4 teaspoon of the large-flake salt.

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    Cherry-Chocolate Clusters with Salted Almonds

    A sprinkle of sea salt complements the tart dried cherries in this tasty treat. Assemble the Christmas chocolates in your slow cooker for hands-free preparation.

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    No-Bake Caramel-Popcorn Drops

    We've reinvented your favorite salty snack mix in the form of irresistible candy clusters. Salty pretzels, mixed nuts, popcorn, and golden raisins get the sweet treatment thanks to a creamy coating of caramel. These Christmas candies make great office treats.

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    Coconut Cake Balls

    These festive cake balls are so much more than their gorgeous exterior. A double blast of coconut -- both shredded and milk -- makes their yellow-cake interior lusciously tropical. The easy Christmas treats are ideal for a holiday potluck, too; one recipe yields 80!

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    Chai-Spiced Pine Cones

    Homemade chai spice gives these Christmas cookies their wintery flavor. As pretty as can be, Santa would definitely appreciate these easy Christmas sweets.

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    Thin Mint Bark

    A chocolate-wafer base supports beautifully swirled mint and milk chocolate baking pieces for a gorgeous, refreshing Christmas candy. This easy Christmas candy can be stored for up to two weeks, making it a great option for candy gifts.

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    Candy Bar Fudge

    This homemade fudge combines thick, gooey caramel and crunchy peanuts for a delicious sweet that rivals your favorite candy bar. Our recipe yields 64 Christmas chocolates, making it perfect for holiday baking exchanges and large family gatherings.

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    Angel Wings

    It might sound cheesy when we say these angel wings are “heavenly,” but trust us, these vanilla-orange Christmas cookies actually are.

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    Salted Chocolate-Caramel Clusters

    Salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy -- the best candy flavors and textures come together in this ultimate two-bite delight. The coarse sea salt is optional, but it adds both a tongue-tingling saltiness and a pretty snow-like topper to these easy Christmas treats.

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    Peanut Butter Truffles

    The combo of peanut butter and chocolate is oh-so divine. Top these rolled truffles with finely chopped peanuts, and you'll have a delicious sweet-and-savory fusion in these Christmas chocolates.

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    Chocolate-Mint Divinity

    Ridiculously smooth and creamy, divinity is as dreamy as its name. Add a seasonal crunch to this Christmas candy with a light sprinkling of crushed peppermint hard candies.

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    Creamy Cranberry Fudge

    Orange peel, pistachios, dried cranberries -- this white fudge is full of flavorful ingredients. The creamy Christmas candy bursts with holiday colors, making it a festive addition to your holiday buffet.

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    Bacon Chocolate Bark

    We bet the three ingredients in this easy candy recipe will hook you: thick-cut bacon, caramel sauce, and bittersweet chocolate. Enough said. Sure the bark is delicious year-round, but the rich flavors make it a great easy Christmas treat.

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    Easy White Fudge

    Our creamy white fudge recipe bursts with flavor thanks to pecans, orange peel, and a splash of vanilla -- the pretty treat makes for a perfect Christmas candy. Prefer chocolate fudge? Swap 3 cups of semisweet chocolate baking pieces for the white baking pieces.

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    Candy Bar Doughnut Pops

    Candy bars are the inspiration for these doughnut-hole pop treats. Cover doughnut holes in chocolate frosting and top with slices of your favorite candy bar for a new take on the checkout-lane purchase. Yes, we like these in the summer too, but there’s something about the holidays that demands homemade candy.

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    Cranberry-Cashew Clusters

    This no-bake candy recipe is a cinch: Melt vanilla-flavor candy coating with nutmeg and cinnamon, mix with rice cereal and the namesake cranberries and cashews, and top with melted chocolate. More cashews make a cute sprinkling on top of these wintery Christmas candies.

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    Coconut-Macadamia Bark

    Looking to hand out unique Christmas candy gifts this year? Take a break from Christmas chocolates in favor of a creamy bark made with vanilla candy coating, tropical macadamia nuts, a hint of finely shredded lime peel, and toasted coconut.

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    Marshmallow Truffles

    Wrap marshmallow mousse around hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, or fruit (your choice!), then dunk the sweet bundle in a semisweet-chocolate bath. These impressive Christmas candy truffles are perfectly giftable -- if you can part with them!

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    Peanut Brittle

    An old-fashioned Christmas candy staple, peanut brittle offers itself up in must-share slivers. Make a big batch of this hard candy to cover all your food-gifting needs.

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    Salted-Nut Truffles

    For peanut-lovers only! Creamy peanut butter and marshmallow creme hide beneath melted white baking pieces. Chopped peanuts and chocolate sprinkles add oomph to the outside. These Christmas candies are as pretty as ornaments. 

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    5-Minute Cherry-Walnut Fudge

    You might not believe this easy Christmas candy is real. Imagine all the sweet-tart, chocolaty flavor of a classic cherry cordial. Now transform it into a decadent, cherry-studded fudge that preps in the microwave in mere minutes. Believe in Christmas miracles now?

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    Smoky Chocolate Caramels

    A sprinkle of smoked sea salt gives these decadent caramels their name and imparts a deep, rich flavor your family will crave every Christmas to come. If someone else is hosting the holidays this year, these Christmas candies make perfect hostess gifts. 

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    Double-Decker Layered Fudge

    Dark chocolate? Check. White chocolate? Of course. We couldn't resist doubling the chocolate in our quick and easy fudge recipe -- Christmas chocolates should always go the extra mile.

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    Mocha-Orange Bark

    Candied orange peel, dark chocolate, and chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans make this simple bark a favorite. Make these easy Christmas treats early in the busy holiday season, and store them for up to two weeks.

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    Candy-Box Caramels

    Dress up these caramel squares by dipping them in sprinkles, crushed nuts, and bits of candy. Add a drizzling of dark or white chocolate to make them even prettier.

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    Coconut and Grapefruit Gumdrops

    A childhood favorite gets a makeover by infusing the candy with bold tropical flavors and cutting it into sleek squares. The chewy gumdrops are softer than their store-bought counterparts, plus twice as flavorful! Two more reasons homemade Christmas candy is best.

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    Chocolate Tea Bark

    Chocolate bark gains an air of sophistication with a few tea leaves and sea salt flakes. Package this one as a hostess gift for your next holiday party. This Christmas candy is so luxurious that everyone will think it came from a professional chocolatier. 

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    Holiday Cake Pops

    Give the gift of sweetness this holiday season! Candy-coated cake pops in snazzy holiday tins make the perfect party favors. Drizzle each pop with creamy caramel and chocolate sauce, or sprinkle the Christmas cookies with crushed peppermints and nuts.

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    Eggnog Marshmallows

    These angelic homemade marshmallows feature traditional eggnog spices and a cap of white chocolate. Enjoy the fluffy Christmas candy alone or with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.

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    Fabulous Five-Minute Fudge

    Five ingredient Christmas candy? Count us in. Plus, this treat takes just two steps: melt and stir.

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    Salt and Pink Peppercorn Caramels

    Coarse salt adds crunch and brings out the creamy sweetness of these caramels. This Christmas candy recipe features something a little out of the ordinary: Pink peppercorns’ mild citrus-sweet heat that adds light flavor and color.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

    Try our tasty, no-bake take on truffles this Christmas. Luscious cookie dough with chunks of chocolate and a hint of brown sugar makes a delectable holiday dessert. Drizzle the Christmas cookies with leftover chocolate to take these treats over the top.

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    Lemon-Pistachio Nougat

    Traditional nougat takes on the fresh flavors of lemon and pistachios in this soft and chewy Christmas candy recipe. Whipped egg whites help to achieve the nougat's fluffy consistency.

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    Peppermint Sticks

    To make this easy Christmas candy recipe, dip peppermint sticks in dark chocolate and roll in crushed nuts, cinnamon-sugar, or sweetened coconut.

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    Orange and Nut Toffee

    This twist on old-fashioned Christmas candy features buttery brittle, plus candied orange peel, walnuts, and cashews for a citrus-toffee flavor combo.

    Christmas Candy Tip: When melting and cooking sugar, take care when stirring not to splash the mixture onto the sides of the pan. Sugar crystals can form on the sides of the pan and fall into the mixture, causing the sugar to recrystallize and give the candy a gritty texture.

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    White Chocolate-Cherry Nut Clusters

    If you're looking for a minimalist Christmas candy recipe, you've found it. (How do three ingredients and two steps sound?) But don't let the simple recipe fool you: These pretty clusters' flavors are fabulously upscale.

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    Cream Cheese Mints

    These homemade mints are the perfect Christmas candies to set out at holiday parties, thanks to their peppermint flavor and short ingredient list. Use winter-themed molds, of course.

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    Coconut-Pecan Snowballs

    Whether you think these Christmas cookies look more like snowballs or ornaments is up to you, but their sugary flavor isn’t up for any sort of debate. 

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    Lemon Drop Bark

    Take a break from chocolate with a tangy vanilla-lemon bark that requires just four ingredients and 20 minutes of hands-on time.

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