8 Easy Recipes for Homemade Christmas Candy

Homemade Christmas candy is a popular pastime for many people. I know that I, for one, love to make homemade peppermint bark and toffee to give as gifts to friends and family. My daughter also loves to make candy for her friends. I've rounded up some truly delicious candy recipes from around the web to give you some great ideas for homemade candy. Check out all of these tasty ideas!

1. The Naptime Chef's Christmas Candy

I've seen this recipe around in other places and have sometimes heard it referred to as "poor man's toffee" or "cracker bark." These names come from the fact that the simple act of baking the butter and sugar over the crackers forms a pure toffee. The unsalted cracker remains as the innocuous core, giving it structure without any undesirable taste. For extra flavor sometimes I like to top the bark with sliced almonds or chopped hazelnuts, but in this particular case I used holiday sprinkles to make it party-perfect.

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Ingredients:

40 unsalted saltine crackers
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. sliced almonds, or other toppings (suggestions below)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Line a 10×15 jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. On the foil line up 40 crackers so that they fit snuggly.
3. Melt butter and sugar together over medium heat in a saucepan. Once it is all melted pour the hot mixture over the crackers. The crackers will "float" at a bit, try to keep them all lined up.
4. Bake for 8 minutes, the mixture will be nice and bubbly.
5. Remove from the oven and immediately scatter the chocolate chips on top. As they begin to melt smooth them with a spatula so that they cover the entire tray.
6. Place pan in the refrigerator until cool and set. At least 2 hours.
7. Break into pieces and serve.

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2. Recipe Girl's Eggnog Fudge
Lori of Recipe Girl shares a delicious recipe for eggnog fudge that is soft, chewy and a nice break from chocolate.
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3. Brown Eyed Baker's Chocolate Walnut Fudge
Michelle has the most amazing recipe for simple chocolate fudge, a classic holiday candy you don't wan to miss.
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4. Marla's Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows
Marla of Family Fresh Cooking loves whipping up these tasty marshmallows and giving them as gifts with hot chocolate mix!
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5. Big Girls, Small Kitchen's Chocolate Bark with Cinnamon Nuts & Cherries
Phoebe & Cara know their way around chocolate bark and this sweet, cinnamony version is ideal for a Christmas gift.
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6. The Naptime Chef's 3-Layer Peppermint Bark
This is the perfect peppermint bark celebrates the flavors of the season and is a cinch to make.
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7. The Yummy Life's Signature Toffee
Toffee is a classic holiday treat and this signature recipe is amazingly easy to make.
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8. Hoosier Homemade's Christmas Chocolate Lollipops
Liz has a great recipe for simple chocolate lollipops that are so good you'll have to make two batches - one to keep and one to give away!
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