Christmas Candy Recipes

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In our family, we love to make homemade candy and give it to friends and family as gifts. These Christmas Candy Recipes are easy and fun to make. They are great to take to any holiday gathering or you could make them to give as gifts. Just put them in a pretty Christmas tin and you have a very thoughtful gift. I hope that you enjoy these Christmas Candy Recipes as much as we do.

Microwave Pecan Brittle

Have you ever eaten peanut brittle that was hard to eat because it got stuck in your teeth and was real chewy? I have...and it was an unpleasant experience. I wanted to find a great brittle recipe that was crisp, easy and quick. This Christmas Candy Recipe tastes better than any other brittle that I have ever eaten. I am so glad that I found it. I hope you like it!

1 c. sugar, 1 c. pecans or peanuts, 1/2 c. clear Karo syrup, 1/8 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 T. butter, 1 tsp. baking soda

Mix sugar, nuts, Karo and salt in a glass bowl with handle. Cook on high for 4 minutes in the microwave. Stir; add butter and vanilla, cook on high 4 more minutes. Stir again, cook on high 2 more minutes. Add baking soda and stir until foamy. Immediately spread on greased aluminum foil and cool until set.

Candy Coated Pretzels

Candy coated pretzels make a great addition to a holiday party in more ways than one. I like to use pretzel rods because they are more dramatic than ordinary pretzels. I stand them up in a vase-like dish or bowl. They look great because I use a variety of colors and types of sprinkles on them. I have also used these as party favors at various Christmas parties. I put about three pretzel rods (each one sprinkled with a different type of candy, in a plastic bag (the type that you find in the party section) and I tie with a pretty Christmas ribbon with a silver or gold bell. These are the candies that I like to use: mini chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, white sprinkles, non-parels (shiny little candy balls), crushed hard candy in pretty colors, crushed candy canes, brightly colored sprinkles. This is one of my best Christmas Candy Recipe!

1 pkg chocolate flavored or vanilla flavored candy coating (chocolate or almond bark). Melt the coating according to package directions. Dip about 1/2 of the rod in the coating. Put on wax paper and hurry and sprinkle the candy onto the pretzel before it dries. Let harden.

One final thought, these are great as magic wands for a kids party tied with curly ribbon. So cute!

Spiced Nuts

These tasty little candies make a great gift. You can put them in a cute jar tied with a pretty Christmas ribbon and a bell.

1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, 1 1/2 cups pecans, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix sugar and cinnamon. Stir in evaporated milk. Cook to soft ball stage. Add pecans and vanilla; stir until hard. Turn out on waxed paper and separate. Serves 4 or 5

Also see my "Spicy Nuts" recipe (spicy as in hot) on my Christmas gifts to make page!

Fantasy Fudge

Yes...this is the recipe for fudge found on the back of Kraft Marshmallow creme. I don't have a clue why they changed the recipe. This is the original recipe...and to me it's the best fudge recipe ever! This Christmas Candy Recipe is a Carreon favorite!

3 cups sugar 3/4 cup margarine 2/3 cup evaporated milk 1 12-oz. (340 g) package semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 7-oz. (198 g) jar Kraft Marshmallow creme 1 cup chopped nuts 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine sugar, margarine and milk in heavy 2-1/2 quart saucepan; bring to full rolling bail, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate till melted. Add marshmallow creme, nuts & vanilla beat till blended. Pour into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Let cool and cut into 1-inch squares.

Hard Christmas Candy

I was pretty impressed with myself the first time I made this Christmas Candy Recipe. It is hard candy, and has a really nice flavor! Enjoy!

1 tablespoon powdered sugar, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 teaspoon strawberry flavoring, 10 drops of red liquid food coloring.

Sift 1 tablespoon powdered sugar in a 15 x 10 x 1 inch jellyroll pan. Set aside.

Combine 2 cups sugar, water and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture reaches hard crack stage or candy thermometer registers 300 degrees, stirring occasionally. Stir in strawberry flavoring and food coloring.

Pour into prepared pan; cool. Break into pieces. Yields 1 pound.

Rasberry Divinity

3 cups sugar, 3/4 cup water, 3/4 cup light corn syrup, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 egg whites, 1 (3 ounces) package rasberry -flavored gelatin, 1 cup chopped slivered almonds, toasted.

Combine first 4 ingredients in a heavy 3 quart saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Cover and cook over medium heat 2-3 minutes to wash down sugar crystals from sides of saucepan. Uncover and cook over medium heat, without stirring, until mixture reaches hard ball stage or candy thermometer registers 258 degrees. Remove saucepan from heat.

Beategg whites in a large mixing bowl at high speed of an electric mixer until foamy. Add rasberry-flavored gelatin, and beat until stiff peaks form. Gradually pour hot syrup mixture in a thin stream over egg whites, beating constantly at high speed until mixture holds its shape (3 to 4 minutes). Quickly stir in almonds.

mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Makes 3 dozen.

Toffee Candy

File under Christmas Candy Recipes in your must have recipes. This is a great one! These taste just like Heath candy bars! Yum!

1 cup chopped pecans, 1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 4 plain chocolate Hershey bars, regular size

Butter an 8 inch square pan generously. Cover the bottom of the pan with the chopped pecans. Melt the butter and brown sugar on medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil for 6 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and pour over the pecans. While still hot, lay the Hershey bars on top. As they melt, spread them evenly over mixture. Cool completely. Break into pieces with a table knife. Makes about 12 to 16 pieces.

Chocolate Mousse Truffles

This is a simple recipe that only takes 3 ingredients. Wow! Super easy Christmas Candy Recipe!

16 ounces milk chocolate 8 ounces whipped topping 2/3 cup crushed vanilla wafers

Melt the chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Let cool. Beat in the whipped topping.

Chill, covered, for 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll in the wafer crumbs. Place in paper bonbon cups.

Chill until served.

Kurt's Favorite Christmas Candy Recipe

My 12 year old nephew, Kurt likes to make this Christmas Candy Recipe. He told me that I should put them on my website because they are "really good". Hope you enjoy!

2 sticks butter, 1 16 ounce box light brown sugar, 2 eggs beaten, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1 1/4 cup flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Melt butter and pour over brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixed with baking powder and salt. Add pecans, mix well and pour into 11 x 16 greased and floured pan. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool and cut into squares.

D's Easy-do Turtles

This is a wonderful turtle recipe that I got from my sister, Krystal. It is very easy and makes a great Christmas Candy Recipe. You may substitute dark chocolate for the almond bark. Enjoy!

1 pkg. (14 oz.) caramels, 2 tbsp. water, 5 oz. pecan halves, 24 oz of almond bark chocolate covered coating, cookie sheet covered with waxed paper or thick foil.

Cover cookie sheet with foil or wax paper, pray with Pam if desired. Set aside.

Place UNWRAPPED caramels and water in mjicrowaveable dish. Heat till caramels are melted. One minute at a time on high, checking and stirring. Once the caramels are melted and smooth, quickly stir the pecan halves into the dish with the melted caramels. Work fast. Using a regular sized spoon, gather up a nice bite or two of turtle (caramel w/pecan)mixture and drop onto cookie sheet. Repeat until bowl is empty. Pleace in refrigerator for around 30 minutes. Melt chocolate bark in a bowl in microwave for 1 minute, stir until melted. Take the turtles out of the refrigerator. Drop a couple of turtles at a time into bowl of chocolate until nicely coated. Put on wax paper to cool/harden. These turtles make a great gift to make, also.

Homemade Marshmallows

I decided to put this marshmallow recipe under the Christmas Candy Recipes section of my website because they are so good that you can eat them like candy.

2 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract Powdered sugar

Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold watet, mix together with electric mixer. Let it stand 30 minutes.

Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/2 cup of water in a small heavy saucepan; place over low heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. Wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to dissolve sugar crystals.

Clip on a candy thermometer; raise heat to high. Cook syrup without stirring until it reaches 244 degrees (firm-ball stage). Immediately remove pan from heat.

With mixer on low speed, slowly and carefully pour syrup into the softened gelatin. Increase speed to high; beat until mixture is very thick and white and has almost tripled in volume, about 15 minutes. Add vanilla; beat to mix it together.

Generously dust an 8 x 12 inch glass baking pan with powdered sugar. Pour marshmallow mixture into pan. Dust with powdered sugar; let stand overnight, uncovered, to dry out. Makes about 40 marshmallows that will go great with hot chocolate!!!

More Christmas Candy Recipes coming soon!!!

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