33+ Homemade Christmas Candies

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The best Christmas candy recipes to sweeten your holiday season, from classic fudge recipes to easy homemade candies perfect for holiday parties or to give as edible gifts.  

30+ Best Homemade Christmas Candies.

Homemade Christmas Candy

‘Tis the season for sweet treats and festive cheer – my favorite time of the year!

Whether you’re a first-timer looking for easy candy recipes with few ingredients or a seasoned candy maker looking for a new recipe to make this year we’ve got you covered. From melt-in-your-mouth rum balls and truffles to sweet and salty nut brittle and snack mixes, you are sure to find the perfect addition to your holiday dessert table.

Variety of homemade Christmas candies in gift box lined with holiday tissue paper.

Get ready to fill your cookie tins with more than just Christmas cookies this year and dive into my favorite Christmas candy recipes. 

The sweet homemade holiday treats make a perfect gift as well. Neighbors, teachers, co-workers, and family members will all love the delicious edible gifts.

Box of homemade christmas candy ready for gifting. Contains: rum balls, gumdrop fudge, gingerbread truffles, and homemade peppermint patties.

Homemade Candy FAQ

What are some classic old-fashioned Christmas candies I can make?

Classic homemade Christmas candies include peppermint bark, ribbon candy, hard tack, and divinity. Our recipes provide simple, step-by-step instructions to help you recreate these timeless treats with ease.

Can I make any of these candies ahead of time for holiday parties?

Absolutely! Many candies like fudge and hard candies can be made in advance. Just store them in a cool, dry place, and they’ll be ready for your holiday parties. Check each recipe for specific storage instructions (e.g.,  room temperature in an airtight container with parchment paper between each layer) and shelf life to ensure freshness.

How can I package homemade candies to give as edible gifts?

For a charming and personal touch, package your homemade candy in festive holiday boxes, cellophane bags, tin cans, or mason jars adorned with ribbons and tags. Ensure they’re tightly sealed to maintain their deliciousness.

What’s the best way to ensure your homemade candy turns out perfectly every time?

For perfect homemade candies, follow the recipe exactly, measure ingredients carefully, and use a candy thermometer if needed to ensure you reach the correct temperature. Also, be patient with the cooling process to achieve the right texture.

The Best Christmas Candy Recipes

Below you will find a list of all my favorite Christmas candies. Click on any photo or button to take you to the individual recipes.

Chocolate rum balls coated in powdered sugar or sprinkles and on a white serving tray over a holiday table cloth.
Rum Balls
Indulge in the ultimate holiday treat with our popular Christmas candy recipe for no-bake rum chocolate balls. These little delights will satisfy your sweet tooth, featuring a chewy, chocolatey core with a crunch of nuts, all wrapped up in a boozy kick that's perfect for festive celebrations.
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Melted snowman bark with gumdrop earmuffs, mini m&m buttons, and faces drawn on with icing.
Melted Snowman Bark
Melted chocolate, oreo cookies, and adorable snowman decorations make this adorable snowman bark a favorite this time of year. It's as fun to make as it is to eat!
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Side view of stack of homemade nut brittle with chunks of almonds and peanuts inside.
Grandma’s Nut Brittle
A great recipe passed down through generations, this old-fashioned Christmas candy is the perfect blend of sweet and crunchy, with a combination of peanuts and almonds in every bite. 
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Chocolate and peanut crockpot candy with christmas sprinkles
Crockpot Candy
Easy Christmas crockpot candy is a classic 3-ingredient Christmas treat made in the slow cooker with peanuts, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and almond bark. They are topped with sprinkles for a sweet and festive treat ready for gifting, cookie trays, or serving up at your holiday party.
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Snickerdoodle truffles coated in white chocolate, topped with a christmas sprinkle, and served on a white tray surrounded by holiday decor.
Snickerdoodlee Truffles
A festive twist on classic chocolate Oreo truffles made with golden Oreos, cream cheese, and cinnamon coated in a decadent white chocolate shell. I am sure you will agree that hese sweet and cozy truffles are the perfect winter treat!
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Martha Washington candy--chocolate coated coconut-pecan-cherry-candies--drizzled with white chocolate in a christmas tin.
Martha Washington Candy
Take a delicious trip down memory lane with Martha Washington candies, a classic choice for homemade holiday sweets. With a rich, creamy center bursting with coconut, cherries, and pecans, all enveloped in a thick layer of chocolate, this is a must-have recipe for chocolate lovers.
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Homemade peppermint patties with Christmas sprinkles.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Create a cool, minty treat with our homemade peppermint patties. Each patty, with its perfect peppermint flavor encased in delicious chocolate candy, is a refreshing and delightful addition to your holiday sweets.
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Biscoff Truffles made with crushed Biscoff cookies, cookie butter, and cream cheese with a white chocolate coating. One of the truffles has a bite taken out of it.
Biscoff Truffles
No oven is needed for these decadent truffles, a great recipe for when you want a delicious treat without the fuss. Just four simple ingredients create a batch of spiced cookie truffles that are a delightful homemade gift.
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Easy-to-make, 4-Ingredient, Sugar cookie Christmas fudge is a combo of two of my favorite treats: Christmas sugar cookies and fudge. 
Sugar Cookie Christmas Fudge
This viral Christmas candy recipe combines the taste of two of everyone's favorite Christmas treats – sugar cookies and fudge! Plus, the homemade candy recipe is super simple to make with only 5 ingredients. 
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Boozy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles on white plate, one truffle has a bite taken out of it to show rich and fudgey ganache center.
Boozy Peppermint Dark Chocolate Truffles
Delight in the decadent world of boozy dark chocolate peppermint truffles, a simple yet sophisticated treat. With just four ingredients, this easy recipe combines the bold flavors of dark chocolate and peppermint extract, creating a deliciously spirited holiday confection.
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Honeycomb candy coated in chocolate and topped with white chocolate drizzle and Christmas sprinkles.
Chocolate Covered Honeycomb
For a unique and delicious chocolate candy, try our chocolate-covered honeycomb. The fizzy reaction of baking soda creates that signature honeycomb effect, making for a light, brittle toffee coated in a thick layer of chocolate—a true delight for the holiday season.
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Southern pecan pralines on parchment paper with pecans around them.
Southern Pecan Pralines
Embrace the charm of the South with a big batch of these classic candies, packed with crunchy pecans encased in buttery, brown sugar caramel. The sweet, nutty treats make a perfect addition to your spread of holiday desserts.
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Peanut butter fritos candy topped with a drizzle of chocolate and Christmas sprinkles.
Peanut Butter Fritos Candy
This salty-sweet confection combines creamy peanut butter and crunchy Fritos, drizzled with a generous amount of melted chocolate. It's an innovative holiday dessert that's easy to make, hard to resist, and a perfect gift for any holiday occasion.
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Peanut butter buckeye balls stacked on a white plate.
Peanut Butter Buckeyes
This homemade peanut butter buckeyes recipe is a true classic. Creamy peanut butter coated in rich chocolate makes for a perfect homemade candy recipe for peanut butter lovers.
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Salty-sweet Christmas pretzel hugs treats are quick and easy to make with just 3 ingredients: square pretzels, M&Ms, and Hershey's Hugs.
Christmas Pretzel Hugs
Salty and sweet Christmas pretzel hugs are quick and easy to make with just 3 ingredients and are a perfect addition to your spread of delicious Christmas desserts. 
Christmas Pretzel Hugs
Red and green gumdrop fudge.
Gumdrop Fudge
Our Gumdrop Fudge brings a pop of color and a burst of flavor to your holiday dessert lineup. It's an easy recipe with simple ingredients, infused with the fun of chewy gumdrop pieces—a sweet spectacle for any holiday table or cookie tin.
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Rocky road candy on cutting board with one cut in half to show the marshmallows and peanuts inside in the chocolate clusters.
Rocky Road Candy
This easy 5-ingredient candy recipe is packed with smooth chocolate, fluffy marshmallows, and crunchy peanuts. Every bite of the no-bake treat is the perfect combination of crunchy, salty, and sweet!
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Black fudge cut in squares and stacked in a pile. The top piece has a bite taken out of it.
Coal Fudge
Getting a piece of this Christmas coal fudge might just top the wish list! With its rich, fudgy texture and unique appearance, this edible prank turns into a delicious treat that's all in good fun for the holiday season.
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no-bake brownie batter truffles decorated with holiday sprinkles on white plate. On right, brownie truffles stacked on top of one another with a bite taken out of top one to show fudgy inside
Brownie Mix Truffles
These rich and fudgy chocolate truffles are packed with brownie flavor and easy to make with 4 ingredients: brownie mix, chocolate syrup, corn syrup, and sprinkles.
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closeup of christmas candy
Saltine Cracker Toffee
Also known as Christmas crack, this treat is one of the easiest recipes, made with only 5 simple ingredients. It is a real crowd-pleaser and makes great Christmas gifts as well.
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Rocky road candy on cutting board with one cut in half to show the marshmallows and peanuts inside in the chocolate clusters.
Rocky Road Candy
Making a big batch of Rocky Road is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. The salty-sweet treat is packed with smooth chocolate, fluffy marshmallows, and crunchy peanuts and seriously couldn't be easier to make. Just mix, scoop out, and allow to set!
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Christmas Grinch Bark Candy with green sprinkles and red hearts
Grinch Bark
This festive green and white Christmas bark is topped with red hearts and green sprinkles for a sweet treat reminiscent of everyone's favorite Christmas character – The Grinch!
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Christmas Puppy Chow with M&Ms
Christmas Puppy Chow
A beloved holiday snack that has the perfect mix of chocolate and peanut butter that you crave with the satisfying crunch of Chex mix and a sweet powdered sugar coating. You won’t be able to stop grabbing handfuls of this delicious snack!
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Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
Peppermint Fudge
Dive into the season with our chocolate peppermint fudge, a delicious combination of creamy chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and peppermint candies that are as easy to make as it is to love.
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Homemade red and green Christmas gumdrops cut into christmas shapes and piled on a white plate.
Chrsitmas Gumdrops
You will love these homemade Christmas gumdrops! Made with just 4 simple ingredients, their simple to make and easy to customize with your choice of Jello flavors. Perfect for the holiday season or anyti me of the year!
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White chocolate polar bear paws candy with red and green sprinkles on top on a red plaid linen. One candy is cut in half to show caramel and peanuts inside.
Polar Bear Paws
Imagine a cluster of chewy caramel, crunchy peanuts, and a lavish coat of white chocolate coming together in a sweet symphony. Polar bear paws are a simple yet irresistible treat that encapsulates the joy of the holiday season in every bite.
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Candy Cane Lollipops
Melt pineapple (white) and strawberry (red) Jolly Rancher candies into candy cane shapes and place on lollipop sticks for this easy semi-homemade Christmas candy. 
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Chocolate reindeer bark broken into irregularly shaped pieces, each decorated with broken pretzels, candy eyes, and a red M&M to look like Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Reindeer Bark
This chocolate bark is not only an easy recipe but also a delightful way to bring some creativity to your candy-making. It's a simple combination of melted chocolate and holiday decorations that come together for a cute and festive reindeer treat.
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Peanut Butter Ball with Rice Krisipes cut in half to show crunchy texture.
Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies
Crunchy, creamy, and completely irresistible, these peanut butter balls with Rice Krispies add a delightful twist to a classic favorite, making for a deliciously festive treat that's easy to make and even easier to enjoy.
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Hand holding Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake Ball cut in half to reveal vanilla cake center with dots of red and green sprinkles.
Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake Balls
These delicious no-bake Christmas cake ball truffles have all the delicious flavor of Little Debbie Christmas Tree snack cakes in a bite-sized festive treat. Plus, you will love how easy they are to make with only 5 ingredients!
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Close up shot of peppermint bark muddy buddies
Peppermint Bark Muddy Buddies
Combine the crunchy goodness of Chex cereal with the minty sweetness of peppermint bark for a snack that's as festive as it is satisfying. Our Peppermint Bark Muddy Buddies are an easy, no-bake treat that's perfect for snacking or gifting.
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Pieces of peanut brittle stacked on top of one another with roasted peanuts sprinkled around them.
Microwave Peanut Brittle
This microwave brittle recipe is a game-changer for anyone looking for a quick and delicious treat. With its light, crisp texture and perfect blend of salty-sweet caramel flavor, it's an easy candy recipe that's sure to become a holiday favorite.
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caramel pretzel bites drizzled with green, red, and white chocolate and topped with holiday sprinkles
Caramel Pretzel Bites
Gooey caramels are sandwiched between salty pretzels, drizzled with red green, and white melted chocolate, and topped with festive sprinkles for this sweet holiday treat.
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Homemade peanut butter cup with Christmas sprinkles and candy Santa in the center.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
If you like Reese's you will love this easy homemade peanut butter recipe! Top your chocolate peanut butter treats with festive sprinkles to dress them up for Chriatmas.
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Mint Chocolate Fudge
Andes Mint Fudge
Andes Mint Fudge is simplicity at its best, combining milk chocolate, rich Andes mints, and only one other ingredient for a quick and delightful holiday treat that mint lovers will adore.
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Bugle Santa Hats - Bugles dipped in red chocolate and decorated with white spinkles and mini mashmallows to look like santa hats.
Bugle Santa Hats
These adorable no-bake Christmas treats are made with Bugles, candy melts, mini marshmallows, and sprinkles. They are a huge hit with kids and adults alike thanks to their salty-sweet flavor combo.
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Homemade Sugar Cookie Truffle Recipe
Sugar Cookie Truffles
Turn your favorite holiday cookies into an irresistible bite-sized treat with our sugar cookie truffles. They're an easy and elegant addition to your Christmas candy repertoire, perfect for parties or as edible gifts.
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Peppermint chocolate bark in plastic container.
Peppermint Bark
No list of easy Christmas candy recipes is complete without peppermint bark! Enjoy this super easy Christmas bark recipe made with semi-sweet chocolate, crushed candy canes or peppermint candies, and red & green sprinkles.
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Try out some of these delicious sweet treats and let us know which one is your personal favorite.

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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