Homemade candy is one of my favorite things to make and one of our Christmas traditions we love the most! It's such a fun and delicious sweet treat that is perfect for sharing with others.

These are all of my best candy recipes that are perfect for making at Christmastime (or any time of the year!).

A collage of images of homemade Christmas candies.

Every year at Christmas I love making candy and other edible gifts to share with friends and neighbors. It's a tradition that has been passed down through generations of my family and I treasure the memories and recipes associated with this time of year.

From toffee to fudge, and caramel popcorn to divinity, I've gathered up my favorite easy candy recipes to make. Whether you are a fan of nuts or chocolate or caramel, there is something here to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Homemade Christmas Candy Recipes

Some of these Christmas candy recipes require a candy thermometer (affiliate link), which is an inexpensive but invaluable investment if you want to learn how to make homemade candy. Others are remarkably easy and can be made in the microwave in under 10 minutes!

But ALL of them are totally doable for even novice candy makers! I've included all my best tips and tricks in every one of these recipes to help you have success the first time you make them. Just check out the reader comments and you'll see it's true!

Which one is your favorite? Are there any missing from my list that you would like to see on here?

Let me know in the comments below!

Sweets & Treats for the Holiday Season

These edible gifts are perfect for sharing with friends and neighbors this holiday season! Many of these are family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do every year!

Tips for Making Homemade Candy

1. Prep for success

Make sure you have the tools for the job like parchment paper, baking sheets, and a good candy thermometer (affiliate link).

With many candy recipes, you will reach a point where you need to work quickly before it sets up. Having everything in place before you get started makes it much easier, less stressful, and results in better candy.

2. Don't expect perfection

Candy-making sometimes takes a try or two to figure out. Even candy failures can usually be saved in one way or another.

Caramel that doesn't set it still delicious poured over brownies and ice cream. Chocolates can be chopped up and thrown into a batch of cookies. 

And sometimes, like with divinity, the weather can be the cause behind the recipe failing to set up properly. Candy has a reputation for being finicky and tempermental sometimes, but don't give up and you'll get it!

3. Make it your own!

Many of these recipes have variations or suggestions for making it your own. Swap cashews for pecans, use white chocolate instead of dark, throw in some chopped pretzels for a salty crunch!

It's so fun to play around and create your own special candy recipe!

A collage of the best Christmas candy images.

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Hi, I'm Amy

I enjoy exploring the world through food, culture, and travel and sharing the adventure with mostly from-scratch, family friendly recipes that I think of as modern comfort cooking.

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