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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    Peppermint-Pretzel Candies

    For delicious candy that comes together in a snap, combine pretzels, peppermint, and white chocolate in your slow cooker. This crunchy 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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    No-Bake White Chocolate and Almond Butter Balls

    Break open the bright white exterior of this Chrismas candy 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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    Peanut Butter Cups

    Toss the store-bought. Indulgent peanut butter cups are a cool Christmas 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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    Dulce de Leche Pretzel Bites

    These truffle-esque 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.

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    Pumpkin-Gingerbread Truffles

    Crushed gingersnaps and canned pumpkin give these stunning chocolate truffles warm holiday flavor. Finish them with a snowlike dusting of cocoa powder.

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    Cashew Brittle

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

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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. They're ideal for a holiday potluck, too; one recipe yields 80!

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    Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

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

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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 chocolate candy in your slow cooker for hands-free preparation.

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    Lemon-Pistachio Nougat

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

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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.

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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 candy can be stored for up to two weeks, making it a great option for candy gifts.

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    Candy Bar Fudge

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

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    How to Make Fudge

    Gain confidence in one of the best candies of Christmas: fudge. We've got the two things you must do to make your best fudge ever.

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    Chocolate-Mint Divinity

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

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    White Chocolate-Cherry Nut Clusters

    If you're looking for a minimalist holiday 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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    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 snowlike topper.

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    Creamy Cranberry Fudge

    Orange peel, pistachios, dried cranberries -- this white fudge is full of flavorful ingredients. The creamy 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.

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    Snowman Truffles

    Add this happy fellow to your Christmas 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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    Easy White Fudge

    Our creamy white fudge recipe bursts with flavor thanks to pecans, orange peel, and a splash of vanilla. 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.

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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.

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    Coconut-Macadamia Bark

    Looking to hand out unique Christmas candy gifts this year? Take a break from chocolate 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 truffles are perfectly giftable -- if you can part with them!

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    Peanut Brittle

    A 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.

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    5-Minute Cherry-Walnut Fudge

    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.

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    Salt and Pink Peppercorn Caramels

    A sprinkling of coarse salt adds crunch and brings out the creamy sweetness of the caramels. Pink peppercorns have a mild citrus-sweet heat that adds light flavor and color.

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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.

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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 the sweet treat early in the busy holiday season, and store it for up to two weeks.

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    Secrets to Creamy Chocolate Ganache

    Decorate your Christmas candies with gorgeous and tasty chocolate ganache. From choosing the best chocolate to the right times to stir the mixture, we'll help you master this decadent dessert topping.

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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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    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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    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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    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!

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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.

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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 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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    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 with leftover chocolate to take these treats over the top.

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    Orange and Nut Toffee

    This buttery brittle features candied orange peel, walnuts, and cashews for a bright twist on toffee.

    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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    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 match on top of the chocolate candies.

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    Peppermint Sticks

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

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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 truffles to share.

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    Beat the chaos of the holidays with a delicious, hearty casserole recipe (or two). Casseroles are easy to make ahead, and you can save the leftovers for dinner the next day. We've picked our favorite cozy casseroles so there's something for everyone, including cheesy pasta bakes, classic tuna casserole, and green bean creations.
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