Homemade Candy Recipes

35 Easy Homemade Candy Recipes Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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If your palate leans towards the sweeter side like mine, then I’m certain you’ll be tagging this collection of homemade candy preparations.

Homemade Candy Recipes

Among these gems are some quick versions of our beloved childhood treats and some impressive recreations that will leave you in awe.

Some serve as ideal snacks to keep on hand, while others are irresistible delights that won’t last long on the serving tray at your upcoming gathering.

And who can resist a festive bag filled with homemade cashew brittle during the holiday season?

Give one of these 35 homemade candy preparations a go today!

35. Homemade Jelly Beans

The idea of creating margarita jelly beans was too enticing to resist!

A clever workaround I discovered was to pour the blend into several straws, similar to what you might do for jelly worms.

Once hardened, you can extract the long jelly-bean rods and chop them into portions.

The final step involves preparing the coating. The beans need to be rotated in a sugar syrup for a steady 10-15 minutes. Conveniently, you can accomplish this while enjoying your favorite TV show!

34. Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles Candy

These snacks are truly delicious, and assembling them at the eleventh hour is a breeze.

When using nuts in your culinary creations, it’s always advisable to give them a quick toast. This minor step can significantly uplift the taste.

In case you’re pressed for time, don’t hesitate to melt down some store-bought caramel candies.

33. Homemade Gumdrops

Surprisingly, creating chewy gumdrops is quite straightforward. Of course, it involves some sugar boiling.

But aside from that, it’s merely flavored sugar syrup mixed with gelatin!

Feel free to get creative with the flavors and use any vibrant colors that bring you joy.

Make sure to use silicone, oven-proof candy molds for the best results. I own several and enjoy using the interesting shapes.

Once firm, roll them in sugar and leave them to crystallize for a few days.

32. Homemade Caramels

While it’s simple and inexpensive enough to buy a bag of caramel candies from the store, they don’t quite measure up to homemade caramels.

This recipe is particularly flavorful due to the use of evaporated milk, and making it at home allows you to incorporate lots of fun additions like chopped nuts or mini-chocolate chips.

31. Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I start with the best of intentions, making a dozen or two that look immaculate.

But then my interest wanes, and I end up transferring the chocolate into piping bags and adding stripes instead. It’s nice to have some variety, right?

These look wonderful with or without sprinkles, and I’m particularly fond of the pretzel rods!

30. Homemade Mallomars

When was the last time you indulged in a mallomar? I’m confident you enjoyed it whenever it was.

From the airy, crisp base and soft center to the dark chocolate coating, these treats are utterly divine.

29. Homemade Junior Mints

When indulging in candy, it’s sometimes comforting to have a healthier alternative available.

By blending whipped coconut oil with honey and peppermint extract, you can prepare these at home and save yourself some unnecessary calories.

Dark chocolate complements the mint flavor perfectly here. Adding a few white chocolate stripes would also be an adorable touch.

28. Chocolate Peanut Butter Grahams with White Chocolate

These look and taste outstanding, and no one needs to know how effortless they are to create.

I’m fond of both the flavor and texture of graham crackers, but you could substitute any cookie. The key is the peanut butter and white chocolate topping.

Smooth peanut butter is essential for this recipe, and steer clear of the natural variant as it won’t melt smoothly.

27. Southern Pecan Pralines

I have a profound fondness for pralines. Between the creamy coating and mildly toasted pecans, they’re truly irresistible.

You’ll need your candy thermometer for this, and when incorporating the nuts, take care not to overmix, or you’ll lose the smooth texture.

Once everything is combined, you’ll need to swiftly scoop out the candies.

26. Easy Buckeye Recipe with Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

They look fantastic nestled in a cookie platter or decorated with playful candy eyes for Halloween!

The filling is somewhat similar to peanut butter fudge, although it will be slightly softer. I find using an ice cream scoop helps achieve perfect little rounds.

When immersing in the chocolate, employ a toothpick and ensure the top remains exposed.

25. Churro Toffee Disneyland Copycat Recipe

2020’s lockdown did at least bring us one bright spot: the release of numerous delightful recipes from Disney Parks.

These delicious treats were something I had heard of but never got to taste in person. Therefore, the next best option is to create them in the comfort of my own kitchen!

The process of preparing English toffee might seem a bit daunting initially, but confidence is key, and remember to handle the hot pot with caution.

Opt for top-quality white chocolate, and don’t skimp on the cinnamon sugar!

24. Scottish Tablet

You may question why there is another fudge recipe on this list.

But the main reason is that Scottish tablet and numerous UK fudge recipes possess a distinctive texture from what we are accustomed to.

Unlike the smooth, chewy fudge we generally encounter, many UK fudge recipes result in a more crumbly treat.

And indeed, this treat does contain a considerable amount of sugar!

23. Candied Orange Peel Recipe

It is astonishing how many people discard citrus peels.

These peels, when candied, taste amazing, can be stored in the freezer for months, and make for an excellent cake garnish.

I confess it can be somewhat time-consuming to prepare. The water needs to be boiled and changed several times to eliminate the bitterness.

But once it is boiled in simple syrup and dusted in sugar, it becomes a colorful delight that everyone will enjoy.

22. Oh Henry Bars (Scotcharoos) with Creamy Peanut Butter

Often known as peanut butter Rice Krispie treats, these get their name from an old-fashioned candy bar.

21. Saltine Cracker Toffee

I remember receiving a small packet of this as a Christmas gift once. After just one bite, I immediately asked for the recipe.

Despite its simplicity, the combination works so well. The salty crackers provide the perfect foundation for the creamy toffee and dark chocolate topping.

When using saltines, remember that there’s no need to add salt to the toffee.

While we all adore a sprinkle of sea salt, it may be excessive in this case.

20. Easy Crockpot Candy

The title itself is appealing! Easy candy that I can make in my slow cooker? Sign me up!

All that’s required is to put everything in the pot and let it melt. Stir the mixture and cook without the lid to prevent water from dripping in.

Once everything is mixed, spoon out bite-sized portions onto some parchment paper and sprinkle with sea salt.

19. Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars

This recipe is incredibly easy, and the final product tastes just like the real deal.

The filling needs only six ingredients – condensed milk, vanilla, salt, powdered sugar, shredded coconut, and almonds.

Instead of placing just one almond per serving, I prefer to chop mine and spread them over the top.

After it’s set, cut into bars and dip them in dark chocolate. 

18. Stained Glass Candy

This recipe requires a bit more effort, and a reliable candy thermometer is a must.

I favor the larger type that attaches to the side of the pan. It’s both safer and more accurate.

The beauty of this recipe is its versatility. You can make it as colorful as you want, and with flavored oils, you can choose from a range of flavors, from mint to raspberry.

17. Cool Whip Candy – Delicious Chocolate Candies

Ever bitten into a candy bar and pondered, “what is this wonderful texture?” As a baker, I often turn to Google when I can’t figure things out.

I’m fairly certain that big companies don’t use Cool Whip to create that soft, fudgy filling, but it certainly does the trick!

Get ready for some arm exercise because it involves a lot of folding!

16. Easy Homemade Lollipops

Taking shortcuts in cooking isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As the saying goes, work smarter, not harder.

Indeed, some recipes require intricate, time-consuming techniques. But let’s be real, when it comes to candy, the primary requirement is sweetness!

For this recipe, all you need is a set of adorable candy molds (ensure they’re oven-safe) and some hard candies.

Fill the molds with the hard candies and bake until the candy melts. It’s as easy as that!

15. Easy Gummy Bear Recipe (Only 3 Ingredients!)

These gummy bears are extremely easy to make and guilt-free! Using only 3 ingredients, you can make delicious homemade gummy bears that are actually healthy! These are a perfect snack, dessert and are great for BBQs and pool parties!

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14. Peppermint Chocolate Truffles Recipe

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13. Martha Washington Candy – Sweet Chocolate Favorite Candies

Martha Washington Candy is a classic candy made with chocolate, coconut, and pecans. I simplify the recipe without losing any of that classic taste!

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12. Sugar-Free Keto Peanut Butter Cups Recipe – 5 Ingredients

These sugar-free keto peanut butter cups are just like real ones! You’ll love this easy low carb peanut butter cup recipe made with 5 ingredients.

Check it here.

11. Old Fashioned Caramel Candy Recipe – One of my Favorite Candies!

Old fashioned hard caramel candy prepared with only 2 ingredients (yep I’m serious!) My grandmother used to make these for my dad when he was small and now I’m sharing it with you.

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10. Sweet & Salty Chocolate Bar with Fruits & Nuts

This delicious and easy-to-make sweet and salty chocolate bar with fruit and nuts is the perfect healthy treat for chocolate lovers! It’s naturally gluten-free, and also dairy and refined sugar free with a paleo option.

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9. Easy Three Ingredient Candy Cane Bark

A simple yet delicious and almost addictive, Candy Cane Bark for the holidays! Peppermint chocolate bark is a wonderful gift or is perfect on those cookie platters!

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8. Easy Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Four simple ingredients come together quickly to create a beautiful crowd pleasing treat you will be proud of! Bark is one of the easiest things to make!

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7. Keto Mint Brownies with Dark Chocolate

These Keto Mint Brownies are amazing and taste just like an Andes Mint! I can’t wait for you to sink your teeth into these chocolate mint brownies and forget all about the fact that they’re keto-friendly and gluten-free!

Check it here.

6. Nougat Candy Recipe to Make

Nougat candy is a festive and colorful candy that is very popular around Christmas time. Gumdrop nougat is sweet, creamy, and so addictive. I bet you can’t eat just once slice of this sweet no-bake candy.

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5. Low Carb Strawberry Margarita Gummy Worms

Low Carb Strawberry Margarita Gummy Worms. All the fun of your favorite childhood treat with the adulty (yes, I went there) bonus of tequila!

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4. Decadent Browned Butter Chocolates

Deep and rich, these browned butter chocolates are a superbly delicious substitute for Hershey’s or Dove’s dark chocolates. They’re perfect for primal and/or Full GAPS, too!

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3. The Best Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

What I love about making your own peanut butter cups – very much like making your own pumpkin puree or sourdough bread – is that doing so opens your eyes to possibility.

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2. Old Time Simple Peanut Butter Candy – Easy Homemade Candy Recipe

This candy is so easy to make…you have a creamy peanut butter candy in under 10 minutes. Just roll, slice and wrap in wax paper. If you love old-fashioned recipes, you will want to try my Grandma’s Homemade Bread Pudding recipe. I converted it to gluten free and it is so good.

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1. Low Carb Keto Chocolate Bar Recipe

Learn how to make low carb chocolate bars! This is the best way to make a keto chocolate bar that tastes like the real thing. Includes which sweeteners to use and the best method.

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Homemade Candy

Homemade Candy Recipes

35 Best Homemade Candy Recipes

Why go out your way to get candies when you can easily make one on your own? Here are easy and healthy homemade candy recipes the whole family will enjoy!


  • Gummy Bear
  • Peppermint Truffles
  • Martha Washington Candy
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Caramel Candy


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