40 Homemade Christmas Candy Recipes for an Extra Sweet Holiday Season

Indulge in these festive holiday treats — from tasty toffee to fudge, peppermint bark and more!

christmas candy  christmas fudge
Mike Garten

What's Christmas without some festive sweets? When it comes to getting into the full holiday spirit, there's nothing like some delicious Christmas desserts to remind you of the magic of the season. There's of course the all-essential Christmas cookies to eat by the fire, and some people (including us!) can never resist a great eggnog recipe — but don't forget about all the scrumptious Christmas candy, either! We've got your basic candy cane you can buy anywhere, obviously, but there's also some incredibly indulgent recipes you can bake at home, from peppermint bark to even eggnog truffles. Because why wouldn't you want to go all-out on the most wonderful time of the year?

Luckily, to help you out with all your candy-feasting this holiday season, we've rounded up all of our favorite homemade Christmas candy recipes right here, from the best fudge recipes to tasty toffee, candied popcorn and more. Not only are these sweet Christmas treats great for munching on while watching this year's Hallmark Christmas movies, they also make for the perfect homemade food gifts for the holidays, especially if you wrap them up in festive tins to give to all your family and friends. And if you wanted to leave some of these DIY Christmas candies out for Santa in place of his usual cookies and milk this year? That’s cool, too — we’re guessing he won’t mind one bit.

christmas candy peppermint meringues
Mike Garten
1 of 40
Peppermint Meringues

Crisp on the outside with a slight chew on the inside, these light, airy swirls of sugar make for the prettiest (and most festive!) holiday treat.

Get the recipe for Peppermint Meringues »

christmas candy  vegan chocolate truffles
Mike Garten
2 of 40
Vegan Chocolate Truffles

These decadent vegan chocolate truffles only require three ingredients — and they're perfect to put in little gift-wrapped boxes, too.

Get the recipe for Vegan Chocolate Truffles »

RELATED: 26 Best Vegan Desserts That Taste Like the Real Deal

christmas candy sea salted nut butter cups
Mike Garten
3 of 40
Sea-Salted Nut Butter Cups

Move over, Reese's peanut butter cups! These 4-ingredient candies not only combine nut butter and chocolate, but also incorporate mashed banana and a sprinkle of sea salt for a perfectly mouthwatering treat.

Get the recipe for Sea-Salted Nut Butter Cups »

christmas candy mint chocolate cookie dough gingerbread house
Mike Garten
4 of 40
Mint Chocolate Cookie Dough Gingerbread House

The ultimate Christmas candy confection? A gingerbread house, of course! After building the house from mint chocolate cookie dough, decorate it with scrumptious candy like chocolate rocks, red sour belts, jelly beans, Tootsie Rolls and more.

Get the tutorial for Mint Chocolate Cookie Dough Gingerbread House »

christmas candy  candied clementines
Mike Garten
5 of 40
Candied Clementines

Citrus + chocolate = delicious goodness! Dip dried slices of clementine into decadent chocolate ganache for a treat that tastes just as good as it looks.

Get the recipe for Candied Clementines »

christmas candy chocolate dipped pretzels
Kate Mathis
6 of 40
Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels

Looking for the easiest (and yummiest) DIY holiday candy ever? Just dip pretzels in chocolate and coat them with festive Christmas-colored sprinkles!

Get the recipe for Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels »

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christmas candy   pistachio and tart cherry chocolate bark
Kate Mathis
7 of 40
Pistachio and Tart Cherry Chocolate Bark

Just look at that beautiful marbled effect! This tart, nutty chocolate bark gets its perfectly festive colors from mouthwatering pistachios and cherries — and it's actually easier to make than it looks.

Get the recipe for Pistachio and Tart Cherry Chocolate Bark »

christmas candy   "candy" bars
Marcus Nilsson
8 of 40
Christmas "Candy" Bars

It's as if two of your favorite things — a Christmas cookie and a candy bar — combined together to form one ultimate treat, topped with everything from pretzels to toffee bits. Yum!

Get the recipe for "Candy" Bars »

christmas candy   peppermint swirl meringues
Kate Mathis
9 of 40
Peppermint Swirl Meringues

Forget your basic peppermint candies — these light meringues are the perfect bite-sized sweets for the season.

Get the recipe for Peppermint Swirl Meringues »

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christmas candy gingerbread wands
Mike Garten
10 of 40
Gingerbread Wands

How festive are these holiday gingerbread batons? All you have to do is dip them into colorful sugar, glitter and sprinkles — and add a pretty bow for an extra festive touch.

Get the recipe for Gingerbread Wands »

christmas candy peppermint trees
Mike Garten
11 of 40
Peppermint Trees

To make these festive peppermint treats, heat oven to 350 degrees before coating the insides of metal Christmas tree cookie cutters with nonstick cooking spray. Place them on parchment-lined baking sheet, then arrange green peppermint candies (breaking them as necessary) inside cutters; there should be space between the candies. Bake until candies melt, 5 to 6 min. Let cool completely, then gently pop out!

christmas candy   toffee cashew crunch bars
Tina Rupp
12 of 40
Toffee Cashew Crunch Bars

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas ... and the buttery cookie crust on these mouth-wateringly delicious bars.

Get the recipe for Toffee Cashew Crunch Bars »

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christmas candy merry meringues
Mike Garten
13 of 40
Merry Meringues

These airy, colorful bites are very merry indeed! They even come in different mouthwatering flavors: almond, lemon, mint or blueberry.

Get the recipe for Merry Meringues »

christmas candy chocolate mendiants
Mike Garten
14 of 40
Pepita, Dried Apricot, and Sea Salt Mendiants

There's no time like the present to try your first mendiant (a.k.a. a chocolate disc studded with dried fruit and nuts): This French confection is most commonly served around Christmastime.

Get the recipe for Pepita, Dried Apricot, and Sea Salt Mendiants »

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christmas candy   cookie dough truffles
Mike Garten
15 of 40
Cookie Dough Truffles

Looking for a simple yet still-indulgent treat? It doesn't get much easier than these tasty two-ingredient cookie dough truffles.

Get the recipe for Cookie Dough Truffles »

christmas candy  white chocolate peppermint patties
Becky Luigart-Stayner
16 of 40
White Chocolate Peppermint Patties

Who doesn't love a tasty peppermint patty? These ones are made from white chocolate and are topped with crushed peppermint for the perfect holiday flair.

Get the recipe from Country Living »

christmas candy  christmas marshmallows
Con Poulos
17 of 40
Christmas Marshmallows

Not only are these marshmallow treats perfectly fluffy, they're also coated with crushed peppermint candies.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

christmas candy  peppermint bark
Parker Feierbach
18 of 40
Peppermint Bark

Because classic peppermint bark is a must for the holiday season, obviously.

Get the recipe from Delish »

christmas candy  gingerbread fudge
ETHAN CALABRESE
19 of 40
Gingerbread Fudge

Good news: Making these scrumptious holiday bites requires only five ingredients.

Get the recipe from Delish »

RELATED: 28 Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipes of All Time

christmas candy  red and white chocolate bark
Con Poulos
20 of 40
Red and White Chocolate Bark

As far as holiday chocolate bark goes, this one might almost be too pretty to eat (we said almost!).

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

christmas candy mouse king fudge
Con Poulos
21 of 40
Mouse King Fudge

The whole family will love these adorable fudge treats inspired by The Nutcracker.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

christmas candy  candied popcorn stars
MELINA HAMMER
22 of 40
Candied Popcorn Stars

What's better than popcorn? Popcorn mixed with cinnamon candies and sprinkles, then shaped into festive little stars!

Get the recipe from Country Living »

christmas candy  melting snowmen
Alexandra Rowley
23 of 40
Melting Snowmen

These white chocolate melting snowmen are made with all your favorite candies — including mini Oreos, licorice and M&M's!

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

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christmas candy  chocolate toffee bark
Kat Wirsing
24 of 40
Chocolate Toffee Bark

Because chocolate toffee = always an instant crowd-pleaser.

Get the recipe from Delish »

christmas candy  christmas rice krispie treats with candy bows
Good in the Simple
25 of 40
Christmas Rice Krispie Treats With Candy Bows

Make your own little edible presents by wrapping Rice Krispie squares with gummy ribbon candy. So genius!

Get the recipe from Good in the Simple »

christmas candy  peppermint oreo truffles
SugarSpunRun
26 of 40
Peppermint Oreo Truffles

Looking for the ultimate trio of flavors in one mouthwatering treat? Combine mint-flavored Oreos with dark chocolate — then top with crushed peppermint candy.

Get the recipe from Sugar Spun Run »

christmas candy  mint grinch popcorn
Inside BruCrew Life
27 of 40
Mint Grinch Popcorn

This ultimate popcorn treat topped with M&M's, white chocolate and sprinkles is the perfect snack to munch on while watching The Grinch.

Get the recipe from Inside BruCrew Life »

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christmas candy  christmas candy apples
Club Crafted
28 of 40
Christmas Candy Apples

The best (and most healthy) way to get your filling of candy and sprinkles? On a caramel apple, of course.

Get the recipe from Club Crafted »

christmas candy  peanut butter reindeer
InsideBruCrewLife
29 of 40
Peanut Butter Reindeer

Level up your basic peanut butter balls by dressing them up as adorable holiday reindeer. Who knew that mini pretzels could make such perfect antlers?

Get the recipe from Inside BruCrew Life »

christmas candy   toffee bites
Brandon Bales
30 of 40
Toffee Bites

These party-ready candies are made in a silicone ice tray for perfect portioning. Genius.

Get the recipe from Delish »

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