Christmas Recipe Roundup - Homemade Candies (2024)

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Well, here we are in the final few frenzied days before Christmas. If hope all of you are super organized and have everything finished and are just sitting back relaxing until the big day. However, if you’re anything like me, you’re still running around trying to finish about a million last minute details. Shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts. I just keep humming “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” as a reminder to myself. The humming isn’t really working.

Since I haven’t had much time in the kitchen the past few days, I thought I’d do a little round-up for you of some of my favorite Christmas candy recipes. One of the things I do enjoy most everything Christmas is having time to make homemade candies. I’m planning to set aside one afternoon next week just for candy making. The recipes I’ve included are some of the ones I’ll be making. A few are new, but most are old family favorites. Hope you find one you’d like to try.

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Bacon and Pecan Topped Toffee

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This Bacon and Pecan Topped Toffee is perfection in every way. It has a foundation layer of buttery, sugary, rich toffee topped with a layer of semi-sweet chocolate, topped with toasted pecans and…wait for it…bacon! Then the whole thing is drizzled with white chocolate just for good measure.

If I do say so myself, this sweet buttery toffee and chocolate combination with the rich, toasted pecans and salty, luscious bacon is something just this side of nirvana. It’s one of those bites that will make your eyes roll back in your head and keep you coming back for more…and more…and more.


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This is another of those back-in-the-day recipes that I’ve had in my files forever. They’re a delightful combination of sweet, salty, and crunchy and make a lovely addition to your assortment of more traditional Christmas candies. I remember making these with my friend Sandra back in high school. Yes indeed, this recipe has stood the test of time.

Chinese Chews

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Now this one is a really old, old recipe. I remember my mother and grandmother making Chinese Chews every Christmas when I was a girl. They were and still are a tradition.

I did some searching on the internet for the origin of this recipe and it seems to have first appeared in the early 1900’s. However, no one really knows why they’re calledChineseChews. There’s nothing particularly Chinese about them. Maybe back in that time, the dates seemed exotic and anything exotic was perhaps associated with the Far East? I dunno. What I do know is that these little bar cookies are very delicious. And they’re another recipe that has firmly withstood the test of time.

Toffee Bars (a.k.a. Redneck Toffee)

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The easiest toffee recipe I know! And one of the most interesting, too. This is, believe it or not, saltine crackers topped with all kinds of goodness – melted butter and sugar, chocolate, and nuts. It takes just a few minutes to make and everybody love this one!

Homemade Marshmallows

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I really enjoy making homemade marshmallows. I’ve seen several companies that sell “artisan” marshmallows. They are truly beautiful and I’m sure quite tasty, but you’d better be willing to open up your wallet to purchase them. I always pass them by because I know just how easy and cheap homemade marshmallows are to make. And they taste so much better and so different than the bags ofmarshmallows you buy at your regular grocery store.

Pecan Pralines

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I think pralines are generally associated with the South and, according to online sources, they evolved from recipes brought to Louisiana by French settlers. The original French confection known as “praline” was individual almonds coated in caramelized sugar. New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for the almonds, added cream to thicken the candy and that became what is known throughout the South as pralines. Our pralines have a creamy consistency, similar to fudge.

And, of course, there’s always the debate over whether the word is pronounced “pray-leen” or “prah-leen”. It’s pray-leens around here :-). Emphasis on the first syllable, please.

Quick and Easy Fudge

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One of our all-time favorites and probably one of yours as well. Fudge! This is a really quick and easy recipe, too. I’ve had this recipe for years and years and it has never failed for me. Except once. And I still don’t know what I did wrong that time. But all of the other 2,437 times I’ve made it have been perfect. It always turns out nice and creamy, never grainy, and using chocolate chips in it gives a wonderfully familiar chocolate flavor that is especially appealing to children. No fancy ingredients required – in fact you probably have every one of them in your pantry right now. So, what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and make some of this fudge!

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What are some Christmas candies? ›

List of All-Time Favorite Christmas Candies
  • Candy Canes.
  • Peppermint Bark.
  • Butter Toffee.
  • Truffles.
  • Reindeer Food.
  • Chocolate Santas.
  • Chocolate Kisses.
  • Peanut Brittle.
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Which holidays have candy? ›

Here's a list of the top five American holidays that are synonymous with candies, chocolates, snacks, and everything delicious:
  • Halloween (October 31) ...
  • Easter (Date Varies) ...
  • Valentine's Day (February 14) ...
  • Christmas (December 25) ...
  • Fourth of July (Independence Day)
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What is the best Christmas candy? ›

Peppermint bark is also the No. 1 loved Christmas candy in eight states and in the top three in 20 states. Reindeer corn is the No. 1 candy in just one state (Alabama) and ranks in the top three in 15 states.

What is the top Christmas candy? ›

Top 12 Best Christmas Candies!
  • Haribo Giant Trees.
  • Fort Knox Gold Ingots.
  • Peeps Candy Cane Marshmallow Chicks.
  • Terry's Chocolate Orange Minis White Chocolate UK.
  • Christmas Hot Chocolate Bomb.
  • Maltesers Mini Mint Reindeers UK.
  • Kool-Aid Candy Canes.
  • Bailey's Salted Caramel Truffle Bar.
Nov 20, 2023

What is the favorite candy this year? ›

Most popular Halloween candy by U.S. state. This year, U.S. spending on Halloween Candy is predicted to be more than $12.2 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. The most popular Halloween candies nationwide include: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, M&M's, Hot Tamales, Skittles and Sour Patch Kids.

What is the biggest candy selling holiday? ›

According to Numerator, 69% of consumers plan to celebrate Easter this year, while 53% of celebrants are planning to buy candy. Easter is the second-most popular holiday for purchasing candy, following Halloween.

What national candy day is today? ›


What is the top 5 candy? ›

Here are the top 10 most popular candies in America, according to
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
  • M&Ms.
  • Hot tamales.
  • Skittles.
  • Sour Patch Kids.
  • Starburst.
  • Hershey Kisses.
  • Candy Corn.
Oct 10, 2023

What is the least popular Christmas candy? ›

These Are the Most Hated Christmas Candies in America, and the List Will Make You Furious
  1. Reindeer Corn. Walmart/Allrecipes.
  2. Christmas Nougat. Walmart/Allrecipes. ...
  3. Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cordials. Walmart/Allrecipes. ...
  4. Candy Canes (Non-Peppermint) ...
  5. Peeps. ...
  6. Ribbon Candy. ...
  7. Old-Fashioned Hard Candies. ...
  8. Lifesavers Storybooks. ...
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What was the first Christmas candy? ›

Candy canes are one of the oldest Christmas candies, first appearing in the 17th century in Europe. They were originally straight white sticks of sugar that were meant to symbolize shepherd's crooks.

Are there Christmas Skittles? ›

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