Our Best Christmas Candy

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

Peppermint Marshmallow Snowflakes

Whether you make these peppermint candy marshmallows to go with your hot chocolate or just to enjoy on their own, you can’t deny that this Christmas candy recipe brings adorable cheer.

 

Marcona Almond Toffee

Toffee, a classic Christmas candy, receives a foodie makeover with the addition of Marcona almonds and sweet, indulgent white chocolate.
 

Rudolph Delights

This might be the cutest Christmas candy we’ve seen. Pretzels add a touch of salt while chocolate brings the sweet.

 

No-Bake White Chocolate and Almond Butter Balls

One part Christmas candy, one part Christmas cookie. 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 Christmas chocolates for a gourmet presentation.

 

Milk Chocolate Stocking Brownies

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

 

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.
 

Dark Chocolate Candy Bark

Looking for Christmas chocolates that take just 15 minutes of hands-on time? You’ve found it. Plus, this chocolate-on-chocolate Christmas candy requires only five ingredients and a microwave.

 

Peanut Butter Cups

Forget store-bought Christmas candy. Indulgent peanut butter cups are a breeze to make at home (and 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.

 

Oreo Truffles

You won't believe how easy it is to whip up a batch of these Christmas truffles. (Hint: you need just three ingredients.) Thirty minutes of prep gives you 50 Christmas cookies to share.

 

Dulce de Leche Pretzel Bites

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

 

Seriously Adorable Truffle Mice

Prepare for squeals of delight at your holiday party thanks to these Christmas truffles. 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!

 

Pumpkin-Gingerbread Truffles

Satisfy your Christmas cookie and candy cravings at the same time with these Christmas chocolates. Crushed gingersnaps and canned pumpkin give these stunning chocolate truffles warm holiday flavor. Finish them with a snowy dusting of cocoa powder.

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 the brittle can be stored for up to a week.

 

Snowman Truffles

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

 

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, then drizzle the sweet sandwiches with dark chocolate.

 

Chocolate Snowball Cookies

This recipe makes 48 cookies per batch, so pile as many of these chocolaty snowballs onto the Christmas cookie tray as you can. 

Peppermint Pretzel Candies

For a delicious peppermint candy recipe that comes together in a snap, combine pretzels, peppermint, and white chocolate in your slow cooker, then shape into bite-size Christmas candy treats. This crunchy candy cane-flavor 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.

 

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 large-flake salt.

Cherry-Chocolate Clusters with Salted Almonds

A sprinkle of sea salt complements the tart dried cherries in this tasty treat. Assemble the Christmas candy in your slow cooker for so-easy preparation.

 

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.

 

Coconut Cake Balls

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

 

Chai-Spiced Pine Cones

Homemade chai spice gives these Christmas cookies their warming wintry flavor. Santa would definitely appreciate these pretty-as-can-be Christmas candy treats.

 

Thin Mint Bark

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

 

Angel Wings

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

 

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 a tongue-tingling saltiness and a pretty snow-like topper to this easy Christmas candy.

 

Peanut Butter Truffles

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

 

Creamy Cranberry Fudge

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

 

Bacon Chocolate Bark

We bet the three ingredients in this easy Christmas 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 Christmas chocolate treat.

 

Easy White Fudge

This creamy white fudge recipe bursts with the flavors of pecans, orange peel, and a splash of vanilla. It all adds up to a pretty treat that makes a perfect Christmas candy. Prefer chocolate fudge? Swap 3 cups semisweet chocolate baking pieces for the white baking pieces.

 

Candy Bar Donut Pops

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

 

Cranberry-Cashew Clusters

This no-bake candy recipe is a cinch: Melt vanilla-flavor candy coating with nutmeg and cinnamon; mix with rice cereal, cranberries, and cashews; and top with melted chocolate. Finish with a sprinkle of cashews to top of these wintry Christmas candies.

 

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.

 

Marshmallow Truffles

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

Peanut Brittle

An old-fashioned Christmas candy staple, peanut brittle is always a favorite for sharing. Make a big batch of this crunchy candy to cover all your food-gifting needs.

 

Salted-Nut Truffles

For peanut-lovers only! Creamy peanut butter and marshmallow creme hide beneath melted white baking pieces in these sweet-salty Christmas truffles. Chopped peanuts and chocolate dress up the tops. These Christmas candies are as pretty as ornaments.

 

5-Minute Cherry-Walnut Fudge

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

 

Smoky Chocolate Caramels

A sprinkle of smoked sea salt  imparts a deep, rich flavor to these decadent caramels that your family will crave every Christmas. Make a batch of this Christmas candy as a perfect hostess gift.

 

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 because Christmas chocolates should always go the extra mile.

 

Mocha-Orange Bark

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

 

Candy-Box Caramels

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

 

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.

 

Chocolate Tea Bark

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

 

Holiday Cake Pops

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

 

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.

 

Fabulous Five-Minute Fudge

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

 

Salt and Pink Peppercorn Caramels

This Christmas candy recipe features something a little out of the ordinary: a mild citrusy sweet heat from pink peppercorns. The coarse salt adds light flavor, color, and crunch to bring out the creamy sweetness of these caramels.

 

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.

 

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 achieve the nougat's fluffy consistency.

 

Orange and Nut Toffee

This twist on old-fashioned Christmas candy features buttery brittle, 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.

 

White Chocolate-Cherry Nut Clusters

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

 

Cream Cheese Mints

These homemade mints with a short ingredient list are the perfect Christmas candies to set out at holiday parties. Use winter-themed molds to turn this classic peppermint candy recipe into a holiday treat.

 

Coconut-Pecan Snowballs

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

 

Lemon Drop Bark

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

 

Pretty Ornament Christmas Bark

For a fun and festive treat, whip up a batch (or several!) of this decorative Christmas chocolate bark. The recipe comes together in a snap, so double the batch and hand it out as gifts or favors.
 

Chocolate-Peppermint Meringue Kisses

Light and airy but grounded in chocolate and peppermint flavors, this Christmas candy is an impressive delight. One batch of this peppermint candy recipes makes dozens of the sweet treats, so plan to bring them to all of your holiday gatherings.
 

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.

 

Peppermint Sticks

To make this easy peppermint candy recipe, dip peppermint sticks in dark chocolate and roll in crushed nuts, cinnamon-sugar, or sweetened coconut. Christmas candy doesn’t get much easier—or festive—than this.

 

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