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Christmas Candies You Can Make at Home

November 24, 2021

Truffles, caramels, nougats and more: these sweet treats are perfect for holiday cookie plates, gifting and get-togethers.

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Gumdrop and Pistachio Nougat

Thought Christmas was all about baking cookies? Not any more! Homemade candies are the perfect way to sweeten up the holiday season and spread some cheer! Plus, they make for a wonderful edible gift or inexpensive stocking stuffer. From homemade truffles and fudge for chocolate lovers to gooey caramels and fruity candies that will satisfy any sweet tooth, there’s something here for everyone. We can’t resist these gumdrop-dotted nougats. They’re chewy, fruity, nutty and crunchy — all in one. The ultimate sweet-and-salty holiday treat!

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Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect pairing — and these sweet and salty peanut butter balls covered in bittersweet chocolate are sure to satisfy your craving. Make sure the balls are chilled and firm before rolling them in the chocolate. It will ensure they don't fall apart. And, it helps the chocolate set faster.

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Peanut Brittle

Have a canister of peanuts sitting in the pantry? You’re well on your way to making this classic, sweet-and-salty holiday treat from scratch.

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Fabulous Fudge

What makes this fudge Christmas-worthy? The toasted walnuts scattered throughout each piece lend a nostalgic feel, just like the candy grandma used to make.

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