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Christmas Candy Recipes

Christmas candy - red and white peppermint candies.

Yummy sweet treats are something everyone enjoys during the holidays. Whether they are just for you and your family or part of a gift to someone, these sweet treats are sure to be a hit this Christmas. This page contains Christmas candy recipes.



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Recipe: Peppermint Bark

Two ingredients and super easy!


  • block of white chocolate
  • peppermints or candy canes


Microwave white chocolate about 2 minutes. Stir so it won't stick or burn. Stir in peppermints or candy canes you have finely crushed. Pour in a cookie sheet, lined with wax paper. When set, break into pieces.

You can use leftover candy canes or buy candy canes after Christmas at a good price. You can also make this recipe using chocolate with crushed nuts in it.

Put the candy into a coffee mug, add a ribbon, and you have a Christmas gift that someone will enjoy.

By dwedenojs from New Creek, WV

Recipe: Chocolate Delights

Fancy holiday treats can be budget breakers especially if the budget is already tight. However, with just a little creativity you can make delicious treats at a fraction of what it would cost to buy them already made. If you like chocolate, try some of these ideas for yourself or for your holiday parties.

Mix 1 bag or box of dried cranberries with 1 bag of dark chocolate chips to create an inexpensive version of a gourmet treat. Melt dark chocolate chips in the microwave. Stir in dried cranberries. Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto wax paper to cool. You can place this delicious mixture on a party table or put it in an attractive glass jar as edible holiday decor in the kitchen. This is an easy way to enjoy a delicious flavor combination. You can also add some nuts to the mixture.

Buy some of the delicious chocolate bars that are available in various flavors such as mint, orange, raspberry, or any other flavor you prefer. Melt the chocolate bar in the microwave. Cover a baking sheet with wax paper, place a single layer of crackers or cookies on the wax paper. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the crackers or cookies and let cool. Cookies such as butter thins, lemon thins, ginger snaps, or shortbreads are good choices.

By VeronicaHB

Recipe: Reindeer Noses


  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 30 candied cherries
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded coconut


Place both chocolates, the butter, and the cream in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until the chocolate is melted, stirring after every 45 seconds to prevent overheating. (Alternately, you can melt the mixture on the stove top over a double boiler).

Once the chocolate is melted, stir until the mixture is smooth. Sift the powdered sugar over the bowl and stir until well-combined. Chill until the mixture is firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.

Using a teaspoon, scoop up small amounts of the candy and roll them into small balls between your palms.

Press a candied cherry into the top of each ball, inserting it enough so that it is secure but still protrudes from the top.

Place the shredded coconut in a bowl. Roll the sides of the fudge balls in the coconut, so that it sticks to the chocolate but does not cover the cherry. If the chocolate is very dry and the coconut does not stick, try dampening your hands slightly and holding the candy with one hand while pressing the coconut onto the candy with the other. The water from your hands will help the coconut stick in an even coating.

Repeat with remaining candies until all are covered with coconut. Store the candies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Source: From: Elizabeth LaBau, Guide

By Jodi from Aurora, CO

Christmas Sweets

Christmas Sweets, Cranberry Almond BarkHere are some adorable Christmas sweets that are sure to get gobbled up. These sweet treats are easy to make and would make fantastic gifts also.


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Recipe: Peppermint Christmas Candy


  • 1 bag chocolate candy wafers, to melt
  • broken bits of peppermint, candy canes, etc.


In a double boiler, melt the chocolate (whatever amount you want to use). Add peppermint bits, stir and quickly pour onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, spread. Place sheet into freezer until hard.

Crack chocolate by banging pan on countertop a couple times or use back end of table knife on the chocolate, breaking into pieces.

Put pieces into a small or pint jar, cover with lid, decorate the jar. Add nice ribbon or bow with gift tag. Great little holiday gift to give. Great for the family too.


Tip: Sea Glass Candy

Lightly grease cookie sheet, set on wire rack.

In pot, dissolve 2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup light corn syrup, and 3/4 cup butter.

WITHOUT STIRRING, boil to 300-310 degrees on your candy thermometer. Remove and wait two minutes. With WOODEN SPOON, stir in paste food coloring, using 1/2 to 1 tsp. oil flavor (and color) per batch. Pour at once into sheet, letting cool 20-30 minutes.

Lightly dust both sides with confectioner sugar and break into pieces. It's very pretty and good tasting. Excellent for holiday giving!

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By Sandra from Salem OR

Recipe: White Christmas Candy


  • 1 lb. white cocoa bark
  • 1/2 tsp. almond flavoring
  • 3 peppermint sticks, crushed
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, sliced


Melt cocoa bark in top of double boiler or over very low heat. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into large shallow greased cookie sheet. Let stand until cold and break into pieces.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Fairy Food Candy

This is a great candy for Christmas!


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips (6oz.), melted


  1. Mix sugar, syrup, and vinegar in a 3 qt. saucepan.
  2. Cook to the hard crack stage (300 degrees F).
  3. Turn off flame and add the baking soda and mix quickly and vigorously.
  4. Pour immediately into a greased 9x13 inch pan.
  5. Cool, then invert on a tray and spread with melted chocolate.
  6. Break into chunks.

Servings: 1 pound
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: varies - use candy thermometer and watch closely!

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Festive Holiday Bark


  • 16 oz. vanilla flavored candy coating (chopped)
  • 2 cup small pretzel twists
  • 1/2 cup red and green candy-coated chocolate pieces (M and M's)


Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. In medium saucepan, melt candy coating over low heat, stirring constantly. Add remaining ingredients; toss to coat. Spread mixture thinly on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Cool 30 minutes or until set. Break into pieces.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Christmas Fudge


  • 1 Hershey bar (26 oz.)
  • 1 large package chocolate chips
  • 1 lb. nuts
  • 1 jar marshmallow cream (8oz.)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt


In a bowl, chop the Hershey bar into pieces and add the chocolate chips, nuts and marshmallow cream. In a 5 qt. pan, bring the sugar, milk, vanilla and salt to a boil. Let cook for 3 minutes and no longer. Mix in the Hershey bar mixture. (You have to work fast or it will set up. And you may need someone to help pour.) Pour on cookie sheets.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Christmas Gumdrops


  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • red, yellow and green food coloring
  • your choice of flavorings
  • additional sugar for coating


Combine gelatin with cold water and soak for 10 minutes. Dissolve 4 cups of sugar in the boiling water and stir in the softened gelatin. Simmer SLOWLY for exactly 15 minutes and remove from heat. Divide into 3 parts. Color one part yellow and add 1/2 tsp. of lemon, orange, or almond flavoring. Color one part red and add 1/2 tsp. cherry or strawberry flavoring. Color one part green and add 1/2 tsp. mint flavoring. You may use any flavoring with any color you wish, but be sure to use only 1/2 tsp. of one flavoring in each part of the candy. Let set for 24 hours. (Do not refrigerate).

Now lay a sheet of wax paper on your work counter. Sprinkle a generous amount of granulated sugar in the center. Dip the bottom of the pan of candy in warm water to loosen and turn the candy out on the sugar. Dip a knife in hot water and cut the candy into squares. Coat each piece well with the sugar, place on trays which have been covered with wax paper and sprinkle with sugar. Be sure the pieces do not touch until they are well set. They can be covered with a piece of waxed paper and then a tea towel.

In 3 weeks, these will be firm and ready for Christmas. In fact, they are perfect for mailing because they improve with age.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Coco-Nutty Clusters

Nut clusters as a festive treat.These tasty coconut candies are a great holiday treat.


  • Mini muffin paper cups
  • 2 2/3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate
  • Mini muffin tin

For the Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup white chocolate melted with 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening.


Brown coconut and pecans in the oven at 350 degrees F on separate cookie sheets for approximately 9 minutes, a little longer for the coconut. Stir every few minutes to prevent burning. Let cool.

Combine pecans and coconut in a bowl.

Melt the cup of chocolate on a double boiler or in a microwave safe bowl following the directions on the package of the chocolate chips.

Mix the melted chocolate and pecan and coconut mixture together. Drop the mixture into the paper cups.

Let set in the fridge for 45 minutes.

Melt white chocolate with vegetable shortening. Once melted pour into a plastic baggy and cut a little piece off one of the corners.

Drizzle chocolate over the clusters. Chill in fridge for about 15 minutes.

I made these for a Christmas Gathering and they were a big hit!

By Stella Bui-Rivet

Recipe: Holiday Candy Trains


  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • 4 (sixteen inch) lengths 3/8 inch wide red or green ribbon
  • 16 packages (5 pieces each) chewing gum
  • 12 packages (1 1/2 oz each) raisins
  • 64 round peppermint candies
  • 4 rolls Lifesavers
  • 4 foil wrapped chocolate kisses
  • Assorted foil wrapped candies
  • 12 miniature candy canes


For cars of each train:

Glue 1 ribbon onto wide side of gum package, 1 raisin package, 2 more gum packages and 1 more raisin package, spacing cars about 1/2 inch apart.

For wheels:

Glue 4 peppermint candies onto sides of gum packages and 2 candies onto sides of raisin packages.

For engine:

Glue 1 roll Life savers onto first ribbon topped gum package. Glue 2 foil wrapped candies onto top of engine.

Glue additional candies, candy canes and raisin packages to train cars as desired.

Repeat these steps to make remaining 3 cars for your train

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by imaqt1962

Recipe: Cinnamon Hard Candy

This recipe is a Christmas favorite of mine. Makes your house smell wonderful when making.

2 cups sugar
1/4c water
2/3 c white syrup
1 small bottle of cinnamon oil (purchase at most pharmacies)

Using a candy thermometer cook to 250 degrees or SOFT CRACK. Oil is added when all the other ingredients have reached the proper temperature.Add red food coloring and stir. DON'T LET THE HOT STEAM get in your face. This is really strong smelling!

Pour out on a sheet pan that has been buttered. Let cool and crack with a knife, or if you choose you can cut it WARM with kitchen shears.

Put in a plastic bag with abut half a cup of powdered sugar. Shake to coat. Sift to remove excess powdered sugar. Makes a great gift in a decorative jar.

By Sharon Shearer

Recipe: Snowman-on-a-Stick


  • 3 marshmallows
  • 1 lollipop stick (8 inch)
  • 1 peanut butter cup (these must be the small ones)
  • 1 Chocolate Wafer
  • 1/2 tsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 pretzel sticks
  • 1 fruit Roll-up
  • 5 candy-coated chocolate pieces


THREAD marshmallows on lollipop stick to resemble a snowman.

ATTACH peanut-butter cup to wafer with half of the peanut butter. Place on top of snowman for the "hat," securing with remaining peanut butter. Insert pretzel sticks into middle marshmallow for the "arms."

CUT fruit roll-up into desired length for the "scarf;" wrap around snowman. Decorate with candies as desired.

By Anna

Recipe: Holiday Idea: Easy Chocolate Bonbons

From the book: Christmas In Dairyland (True Stories From a Wisconsin Farm)

When I was a kid growing up on our dairy farm in Wisconsin 40 years ago, my big sister would make Bonbons for Christmas. Back then I thought they might just be about the best thing I had ever tasted - and I still think so.

The Bonbons will make an extra-special treat for your family this Holiday season - or, wrap them up and give them as Christmas gifts to family and friends. Here's the recipe:

~ Loretta's Chocolate Bonbons ~

(from the story "Good Things Come in Small Packages")

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups chopped nuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 large package chocolate chips
  • 2/3 bar paraffin

(Instead of chocolate chips and paraffin, the coconut balls can be dipped in melted chocolate almond bark; follow the package directions for melting the almond bark.)

Mix coconut, butter, powdered sugar, condensed milk, nuts and vanilla. Roll into small balls. Chill in refrigerator for several hours or in the freezer for one hour. Melt chocolate chips and paraffin in a double boiler (or in a clean coffee can set on canning jar rings in a pan of water). Using a toothpick, dip the chilled coconut balls into the chocolate mixture. Place on wax paper until set.

By LeAnn R. Ralph

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Here are questions related to Christmas Candy Recipes.

Question: Christmas Gifts Using White Chocolate

I would like to know ways to use POUNDS of white chocolate chips that melted (by mistake) and now are a solid mass. Could it be remelted and molded into ornaments or gifts of some sort?

Thank you.
Cheryl from Missouri

Most Recent Answer

By Catherine Somerville11/01/2005

buy candy molds........remelt and fill molds