Homemade Christmas Candy Recipes

Sunrise Senior Living  |  December 17, 2015
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Homemade Christmas candy and other treats are a delicious way to celebrate the season. Dazzle your holiday party guests with a plate of eye-popping homemade confections or use them as a heart-warming stocking stuffer.

Candy is a time-honored Christmas tradition, and trying these homemade recipes is a fun and scrumptious family activity. 

Candy Cane Fudge
Americans have been enjoying candy canes around Christmas for generations. This fudge recipe is a great way to incorporate the holiday classic into a more memorable dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages vanilla baking chips (10 oz each)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk  (14 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed candy canes
  • Red or green food coloring
  • Dash of salt

Directions

Start by lining an 8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Grease the foil with butter. 

Over medium heat, combine the vanilla chips and condensed milk in a saucepan. Stir until nearly melted. Remove from heat and continue to stir until smooth. When vanilla chips are fully melted, stir in the peppermint extract, candy cane and salt. Add a drop of food coloring if you wish.

Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Chill for 2 hours and cut into squares to serve.

Macadamia Almond Brittle
Brittles are another Christmas classic, and this recipe using macadamia nuts has the added bonus of being loaded with calcium, iron and protein. This recipe is quick, easy and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Directions

Begin by coarsely chopping macadamia nuts and almonds. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

Remove bowl, stir in nuts and return to microwave for another 2-3 minutes. Add butter, vanilla and baking soda and stir quickly until mixture is foamy.

Once bubbling subsides, pour mixture onto a greased baking sheet. Spread thin with a metal spatula. Let the mixture cool and then break into pieces. 

Caramel Popcorn Balls
This recipe is great for kids, and perfect to eat while watching your favorite holiday movies. 

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt

Directions

In a medium sauce pan, add one Tbsp. of oil over high heat. After 1 minute, add 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels and move pan constantly. Once the corn stops popping, remove from heat and place popcorn in oven to keep warm. Repeat until all the popcorn is finished and set aside.

In a separate saucepan, combine butter, sugar and corn syrup over medium heat. Stir and bring to a boil. Add condensed milk and simmer mixture, stirring constantly. After 2 minutes, add vanilla to finish caramel.

Place popcorn in a large bowl and pour caramel in an even coat. Butter your hands lightly to shape popcorn balls.

Buckeye Balls
Though these delicious candies closely resemble actual buckeyes, they are actually made of peanut butter and sugar. They're a unique treat that will leave any holiday guests dazzled.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. shortening

Directions

Line a baking sheet with wax paper. In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, vanilla extract, confectioner's sugar and butter. Use hands to form a stiff but smooth dough.

Shape the dough into bite-sized balls. Place balls on baking sheet and refrigerate.

Partially fill a pot with water and bring to boil. In a metal bowl, combine shortening and chocolate. Place bowl over boiling water and lower heat. Stir until the mixture melts and is smooth. Remove from heat.

Take balls out of refrigerator. With a toothpick, dip the balls into melted chocolate. Return balls to wax paper, chocolate side down and remove toothpicks. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Peppermint Patties
These homemade treats are sure to become an instant Christmas tradition. Children and adults can't get enough of these great candies.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. shortening

Directions

Combine condensed milk and peppermint extract in a large bowl. Add confectioner's sugar slowly, stirring to form a stiff dough. Form into small balls and place between wax paper. Flatten each ball to form patties and let dry at room temperature for two hours. Turn once.

Over low heat, melt chocolate and shortening in a medium saucepan, stirring throughout. Remove from heat.

Lie each patty on a fork and lower into chocolate, covering both sides. Place patties on wax paper to cool and set.