Christmas is such a joyous time. It is a time of joy, a time spent with family and friends, and a time spent eating good food.
During the festive season, you can really treat yourself to whatever foods you like, and you can eat them guilt-free because everybody is doing the same. That is why festive candy is one of the best parts of the holiday season.
There are all sorts of festive snacks that you might enjoy over the holiday season. One of our all-time favorites will always be candy.
There are a ton of different types of Christmas candy out there that you can treat yourself to, and loads that you can make yourself as well.
In this guide, we’ll be taking a look at 33 festive Christmas candy recipes for the holidays. So, if you want to find out more, keep on reading!
First up, we have peppermint bark. Peppermint is one of those flavors that you automatically associate with the holidays, and that is what makes this treat so great.
This Christmas candy is great because it will be ready to eat in just 10 minutes, so you won’t have to keep the kids waiting. It also produces a large amount, so it will keep you going for days.
If you love bark-style candies, but the peppermint one is a little too minty for you, then this dark chocolate toffee bark will probably be perfect.
This flavor is completely different to the peppermint one due to the dark chocolate. This rich chocolate flavor perfectly contrasts the sweet flavor of the toffee, creating a delicious taste sensation.
On the topic of chocolate and toffee, we also adore this recipe. This chocolate toffee is utterly delicious, and kind of similar to the dark chocolate toffee bark that we just looked at, but also very different too.
However, if you loved the dark chocolate toffee bark, you’ll probably love this chocolate toffee.
4. Puppy Chow
Despite its name, this sweet treat is not for your dog. Puppy chow is known by a variety of names, one of our favorites is monkey munch.
It is made using a combination of peanut butter, chocolate chips, crispy rice cereal, sugar, and more. It is full of flavor, and utterly delicious, your guests will love it.
Thanks to two men: Ben and Jerry, cookie dough has become immensely popular. So if you love cookie dough, you will love this cookie dough fudge.
We know it seems like quite a strange flavor combination – but don’t knock it till you try it. Once you take one bite of this fudge, you’ll find yourself reaching for more. It really is that good.
On the topic of fudge, you should check out this fantasy fudge recipe. With marshmallows, chocolate chips, and walnuts, this flavor combination really is out of this world. After all, that’s why they call it fantasy fudge!
But the fudge recipe that is perfect for Christmas is this Christmas fudge recipe. This chocolate flavored fudge is covered with Christmas colored sprinkles, so simply looking at it will get you in the festive spirit.
Then, once you taste it, you will be filled with the joy of Christmas. Don’t believe us? Just try it!
Another flavor that is guaranteed to get you feeling festive is Bailey’s. Bailey’s Irish Cream is one of those classic Christmas flavors, and it isn’t the holiday season unless you’ve enjoyed an ice cold glass of the stuff.
And what better to pair with your glass of Baileys? Bailey’s truffles, of course! They are sweet to eat, and simple to make, you really can’t go wrong with them.
But there aren’t any rules when it comes to Christmas candies. So, you can happily enjoy flavors that you wouldn’t originally associate with Christmas over the festive period too.
Oreos are something that most people love, so why not give these Oreo truffles a try? You won’t regret it.
Or, you could really push the boat out and create these red velvet cheesecake bites instead. These sweet candies are really beautiful, and they work great as a small gift for loved ones to go with their Christmas presents.
There are some flavors that you simply cannot beat, and for us, red velvet is one of them – we’re sure you’ll agree!
11. Samoa Truffles
Another yummy truffle flavor to check out is Samoa truffles. Samoa truffles are great because they only use 4 ingredients, so you can easily prepare them and you don’t need to break the bank either!
Just pick up some chocolate, soft caramel, coconut, and milk then you’re good to go!
We looked at a cookie dough fudge recipe earlier, now let’s take a look at cookie dough truffles instead. Snickerdoodle truffles are cookie dough flavored and completely delicious.
If there is a time when you can treat yourself to super sweet chocolate truffles, it is definitely Christmas!
Almonds are another food that people commonly associate with Christmas, which is why these chocolate almond clusters are perfect.
Most recipes recommend using dark chocolate to create these treats, however, you could always swap it out for regular chocolate if that is what you prefer.
With a combined preparation and cooking time of just 10 minutes, these treats are great to prepare if you are in a hurry.
Another unique cluster recipe that you need to check out is this potato chip cluster recipe. We’ve looked at some weird and wonderful recipes in this guide, and this one is definitely at the top of the list.
You might not have thought of mixing potato chips and chocolate before, but don’t knock it till you try it!
Candied nuts are a Christmas classic, and this spiced candied pecans recipe is super easy to make. What we love most about this recipe is that you can prepare it in advance, ready to enjoy at a later date. Perfect for the festive period.
On the topic of nuts and legumes, did you know that you can make your own Almond Joy chocolate at home? Well you can – and here’s how!.
17. Peanut Brittle
Or, you could opt to make the classic peanut brittle for your festive party. Peanut brittle is incredibly popular all across the USA, and there really is no question why. It is a classic treat that is super delicious.
We’re sure you’ll love this recipe as much as we do!.
Another great savory snack to introduce into Christmas candies is pretzels. Even though pretzels are traditionally enjoyed in savory form, more and more people are choosing to add sweet toppings to their pretzels to make them a real treat.
These rolo pretzel bites are incredible because they are so simple and quick to make. They are great if you have to prepare something quickly, or if you want to give out Christmas treats that don’t require too much effort.
A low effort, but high reward snack that you have to try.
19. Oreo Coal
Everybody has heard the old saying that Santa Claus will pop coal in the stockings of children on the naughty list. But if the coal that we found in our stocking was this Oreo coal, we wouldn’t be complaining!
This treat is super easy to make, and incredibly effective too. Everybody loves Oreos, so it is guaranteed to be a hit with your guests – no matter whether they are children or adults.
20. Cookie Crack
If you want to prepare a Christmas candy that doesn’t have to be pristine, then look no further than cookie crack. Cookie crack is prepared in a baking tray, then it can simply be broken up into shards ready to eat.
It is far from perfect in terms of appearance, but in terms of flavor, it really is out of this world.
But perhaps the most simple sweet treat recipe in this guide is this one. Chocolate-covered cherries are so easy to prepare because, as the name suggests, they are simply cherries dipped in chocolate.
They take just a few minutes to prepare, then all you have to do is wait for the chocolate to set and they’ll be ready to eat.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups really took the world by storm when they were first released in 1928, and they are still insanely popular today!
If you want to, you can create your own peanut butter cups by using this recipe. They’ll never quite live up to Reese’s peanut butter cups, but they will have that special homemade touch, which is perfect for the holiday season.
Caramellows are the perfect Christmas candy if you want to create something that you can easily and effortlessly snack on over the holiday period.
This recipe is great because it is gluten-free, and only requires 9 ingredients. You won’t be able to enjoy them instantly as they do take a few hours to set. However, the wait will be totally worth it once you take a bite out of your first caramellow.
24. Candy Canes
No Christmas candy screams “Christmas” just as much as a candy cane. Candy canes and Christmas go hand in hand, yet lots of people still haven’t attempted making their own Christmas candy canes.
If you are ready to take on this challenge, then this candy cane recipe is perfect for you!
25. Keto Fat Bombs
Just because you are following a keto diet, that doesn’t mean that you should have to miss out on Christmas treats. One of the best Christmas candy recipes for those following a keto-diet is these keto fat bombs.
They take just 2 minutes to make and are perfect for quenching your thirst for sweet stuff, while also remaining guilt-free.
26. Rum Balls
On the topic of round candies, these rum balls are also utterly delicious. They take about 20 minutes to make from start to finish, but the best thing about them is that they are a “no bake” recipe.
This means that you don’t need to worry about things such as baking and cooling time when you are preparing a batch.
Another classic Christmas candy is candied citrus peel. You can purchase this in most stores over the holiday season, but for a real treat, you should consider making it yourself.
This Martha Stewart recipe is incredibly easy to make, and it is guaranteed to be enjoyed by anybody who gives it a try.
28. Reindeer Noses
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose – and you can make these Christmas candies inspired by this Christmas song with just a handful of ingredients. This recipe takes just 4 minutes to make, and it will be ready to enjoy instantly.
All you need is a bag of waffle-shaped pretzels, a bag of Hershey’s chocolate kisses, and a bag of red and green M&Ms. Separate the red M&Ms, then all you have to do is assemble your treats.
It takes no time at all, and is perfect if you want a treat that provides instant gratification.
29. Reindeer Chow
On the subject of reindeer, you should also check out this reindeer chow recipe. This recipe is very similar to the puppy chow recipe that we looked at earlier in this guide, it simply has a few minor differences to make it more tailored to reindeer than dogs.
Reindeer chow is another super simple recipe to make because presentation doesn’t matter. With this recipe, it is all about flavor – and this flavor is achieved by mashing a ton of different ingredients together. It is perfect for making with kids!
Another recipe that you can really get the little ones involved in is this sweet and salty holiday toffee recipe. This recipe is simple to make, and a big part of it is the decoration.
This is another recipe where the presentation doesn’t have to be perfect, which is why it is great for getting your children involved.
Give them a bunch of different sweets and chocolates, and they can add the toppings whichever way they like for a real personal touch.
Another candy that you automatically associate with Christmas is shortbread, which is why these holiday shortbread bites are so great. They are bite-sized, so you can gorge on them without feeling guilty, and they have a subtle beauty to them too!
Even more, the flavor is outstanding, so your friends and family will adore these treats.
The Grinch is one of the most popular Christmas movies out there, which is why we had to pop these treats on this list. If you are preparing Christmas candy with your loved ones, this is a recipe that everyone will adore.
So it is definitely worth giving them a whirl.
Finally, we had to wrap this up with the social media craze that is hot chocolate bombs. Hot chocolate bombs have become insanely popular in recent years due to platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok.
They are great to prepare for yourself for Christmas Eve, or to give to your friends and family as a little Christmas gift. And you’ll be surprised at just how easy they are to make!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long homemade Christmas candy will last depends entirely on the type of candy that you have made.
Sweet-based candies could last up to 3 weeks when stored correctly, so if you keep it tightly wrapped in a cool place (such as your refrigerator), you should be able to enjoy homemade sweets and toffees for a few weeks. The same goes for recipes that are entirely made of chocolate.
If you have made homemade treats that are cake or biscuit-based, then they will have to be consumed within a couple of days of being made.
So for these Christmas candies, you will have to prepare them pretty close to the big day if you plan on gifting them as a Christmas present.
If you are thinking of preparing Christmas candies, then it is likely that you want to stick to traditional Christmas flavors.
There are all sorts of flavors that you immediately associate with Christmas, from peppermint to eggnog, gingerbread and cinnamon.
So, if you want to create a Christmas flavored treat, these flavors are a good place to start.
There are lots of different sweets which are associated with Christmas. One of the biggest being candy canes because these treats are almost exclusive to Christmas.
But there are other sweets, such as candied citrus peel, shortbread, and Bailey’s truffles which are also commonly associated with Christmas. Not just in the USA, but all over the Western World.
In this guide, we have taken a look at 33 different festive Christmas candy recipes that are perfect for the holiday season.
From chocolate treats to cake-based confections, there is something for everyone in this guide, and they are all guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! So, if you are looking for inspiration this holiday season, look no further than this guide!