Celebrate the sweets of the season with these recipes for Christmas candy. Enjoy treats with friends and family, including classic candy recipes for bark, brittle, candy canes, chocolates, mints, pretzels and more.
An old-fashioned favorite, this golden taffy gets my whole family pulling together in a special way! We wrap the melt-in-your mouth confections in twists of waxed paper and give them out to our holiday visitors.
During the war, the women at my grandmother's church would donate sugar rations throughout the year so they'd have enough to make candy as a fund-raiser each Christmas. I'm lucky enough to have inherited this tried-and-true recipe.
—Dorothea Bohrer, Silver Spring, Maryland
"This crunchy nut brittle is a favorite of my family," reports Cheryl Brungardt of Wheat Ridge Colorado. "It's a snap to prepare as a last-minute holiday gift. Be careful moving it in and out of the microwave, though, because the syrup gets very hot," she cautions.
My favorite kind of cake, red velvet, inspired me to create this fudge. If you like, spoon the candy mixture into paper-lined mini-muffin cups instead of spreading it into a pan.—Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
I adapted a family recipe to come up with these melt-in-your-mouth caramels. My husband and daughter eagerly volunteer to eat any scraps from the pan!
—Kelly-Ann Gibbons, Prince George, British Columbia
My mother made this candy for years using several kinds of nuts. Then I was married and my husband raised sunflowers, so it seemed natural to use those. People always comment on the unique delicious taste.—Trish Gehlhar, Ypsilanti, North Dakota