Christmas candy comes in so many wonderful shapes, sizes, and flavors it's impossible to choose a favorite! Instead, I narrowed down a list of the best Christmas candy recipes you can make at home! These classic Christmas candies will satisfy your sweet tooth and have the whole family feeling festive!
Best Christmas Candy Recipes
I look forward to trying new homemade Christmas candy recipes, and sometimes, it's nice to take a break from baking Christmas cookies. The timeless Christmas candy recipes below come highly requested by my family each year!
- Best Christmas Candy Recipes
- 1. Crock Pot Christmas Crack
- 2. Christmas Nougat
- 3. Christmas Crack
- 4. Divinity
- 5. Chocolate Billionaires
- 6. Polar Bear Paws Candies (See’s Copycat)
- 7. Christmas Fudge
- 8. Candied Orange Peel
- 9. Mexican Pralines
- 10. Reindeer Chow
- 11. Christmas Fruitcake Truffles
- 12. Christmas Popcorn Balls
- 13. Buckeye Balls
- 14. Christmas Buttermints
- 15. Homemade Marshmallows
- 16. Caramels
- 17. Pecan Logs
- 18. Peppermint Brittle
- 19. Stained Glass Candy
- 💭 Tips For Making Christmas Candy
- 📖 Recipe Card
- Best Christmas Candy: Crock Pot Christmas Crack (+19 Tasty Holiday Candy Recipes!)
- 💬 Reviews
1. Crock Pot Christmas Crack
Crockpot Christmas crack is a classic holiday treat that is totally fool-proof and beginner-friendly! Toss peanuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and almond bark in your crockpot, and let it do the rest!
2. Christmas Nougat
This 4-ingredient Christmas nougat has chewy chunks of gumdrop candy all throughout! It's the perfect candy for filling up goodie bags and gift baskets!
3. Christmas Crack
Unlike the crockpot Christmas crack above, this version is made with saltine crackers, giving it the perfect crunch! It's made with just 5 ingredients and tastes like a delicious toffee bar!
Divinity is a light, airy, old-school candy that has truly stood the test of time! Pecans add a great crunchy texture, and the nutty flavor breaks up the sweetness just enough!
5. Chocolate Billionaires
From start to finish, chocolate billionaire candies only take about 30 minutes to prepare. They combine Rice Krispies, chocolate, caramel, and pecans for a chewy, crunchy treat!
6. Polar Bear Paws Candies (See’s Copycat)
My See's Candy copycat recipe for polar bear paws tastes just like the real thing! This homemade candy recipe is easy enough for the kids to help.
(My polar bear paw print cookies are another adorable favorite you can make with kids in the kitchen!)
7. Christmas Fudge
This rich and chocolatey Christmas fudge is simple and can be customized with your favorite holiday sprinkles. Follow my guide on how to make fudge, and you can't mess it up!
If fudge is right up your alley when it comes to sweet treats, be sure to try all these fabulous Christmas fudge recipes!
8. Candied Orange Peel
Candied fruit peel makes an elegant and delicious addition to cocktails and baked goods, or you can eat it on its own! Orange peel is a classic choice, though I could really go for any candied fruit around Christmastime!
9. Mexican Pralines
Pecan pralines are a classic Mexican recipe that has become a Christmas staple in the South. They're rich, creamy, and ready to eat in just 10 minutes!
10. Reindeer Chow
Reindeer chow is a muddy buddy mix with red and green M&Ms for a festive twist! I portion it out to add to lunch boxes and gift bags through December!
11. Christmas Fruitcake Truffles
Chocolate-covered bite-sized balls of fruitcake? Yes, please! It's great for leftover holiday fruitcakes; you can even put a stick in them to make cake pops!
See all of the wonderful ways you can use fruitcake mix right here!
12. Christmas Popcorn Balls
Popcorn balls are so easy to make and always a crowd favorite (plus they're great for gifting)! All you need is popped popcorn, butter, red and green M&Ms, and marshmallows!
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13. Buckeye Balls
Everyone knows chocolate and peanut butter is a winning flavor combination. These candies back it up with a creamy peanut butter center and rich chocolate coating!
14. Christmas Buttermints
These classic Christmas buttermints don't require any actual cooking and can easily be molded or cut into cute shapes! They're quick and easy to make but will need 24 hours to harden before you should serve them.
15. Homemade Marshmallows
These soft and chewy vanilla marshmallows will have you questioning why you ever bought marshmallows from the store in the first place. Nothing compares to a warm mug of hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows!
Chewy homemade caramels are a personal favorite of mine and a labor of love! The wrapped caramel candies you remember from childhood are good, but homemade caramel candies taste so much better!
17. Pecan Logs
Pecan logs are a Southern favorite made popular by the convenience store Stuckey's. Light and chewy nougat and caramel are rolled out in longs and then coated in pecans for the perfect crunch!
18. Peppermint Brittle
Every year, I have to get my hands on some peppermint brittle at least once during the holiday season! It's super easy to make, and you can wrap it in colored cellophane and tie it with a bow for easy gifts!
19. Stained Glass Candy
Stained glass candy is a hard peppermint sugar candy that can be colored any color you like! It's crunchy and transparent like glass and can be enjoyed on its own or used to decorate your Christmas baked goods!
💭 Tips For Making Christmas Candy
If you aren't familiar with making candy, I always recommend testing a recipe with a trial run before the holidays. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:
- Plan Ahead: Plan what kind of holiday candies you will make and write a list of ingredients and any special tools needed.
- Use a Candy Thermometer: A candy thermometer is essential for making candies that require precise temperatures.
- Read the Recipe Thoroughly: Before you start, read the recipe carefully to understand the steps. Many candies require precise timing, so it's good to know what's coming!
- Measure Accurately: Use measuring cups and spoons to measure your ingredients precisely (no guessing)! I have plenty of conversion guides here on BIWL, including grams of sugar to cups and converting teaspoons to tablespoons.
- Stay Organized: To work efficiently, assemble all your ingredients and tools before you start. That way, you aren't scrambling and can stay focused on your candy!
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📖 Recipe Card
Best Christmas Candy: Crock Pot Christmas Crack (+19 Tasty Holiday Candy Recipes!)
- Layer all of the ingredients into your crock pot or slow cooker, starting with the roasted peanuts (salted and unsalted). Add the semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips, plus the peanut butter chips, then the white almond bark. *Breaking the almond bark down into the squares will work just fine for melting in this candy recipe.16 oz unsalted peanuts, 16 oz salted peanuts, 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, 12 oz milk chocolate chips, 20 oz peanut butter chips, 2 lbs white almond bark
- Cover the crock pot and turn to low heat. After 1 ½ hours, uncover and stir. Return the cover and cook on low heat for another 30 minutes. Once the chocolate and peanuts have cooked for 2 hours, stir and turn off the heat. Replace the cover and leave the mixture in your crock pot for an additional 30 minutes.
- Stir before portioning out the chocolate candy mixture onto parchment paper, wax paper, or aluminum foil. Leave the candies to harden for about 1 hour at room temperature.
- My favorite way to change this recipe up a bit is to use one package peanut butter chips (10 ounces) and then swap in Reese's mini pieces (10 ounces) for the second portion of peanut butter chips.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!