Hard Candy Recipes

Treat yourself to a hard candy recipe or two! Take a look at our collection of recipes, including a cinnamon hard candy recipes, and get tips and tricks for the best candy you’ve ever had.

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5 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Making Candy From Scratch

Who doesn't love a batch of homemade fudge? While it does take some finessing to get right, don't let potential candy-making mistakes stand in your way of delicious treats. We'll walk you through the most common errors and tell you how to fix them.

Soda Cracker Chocolate Candy

12 reviews

"My husband and I make several batches of this easy, chocolaty nut squares for holiday gifts," notes Margery Bryan of...


Butterscotch Peanut Candy

This easy-to-make candy is always a hit during the holidays. The sweet and salty combination is so irresistible, no one...


Sugared Peanut Clusters

1 review

I made these nuts for my aunt's birthday, and everybody loved them. I've also given them as Christmas gifts.—Gail McClantoc,...


Nutty Sandwich Treats

The ingredients in my layered snacks provide plenty of texture and flavor. Plus, kids can help out by spreading the...

Chocolate Pretzel Rings

53 reviews

If you like chocolate-covered pretzels, you'll love these simple snacks. They're fun to make any time of year because you...


Chocolate-Coated Pretzels

5 reviews

These pretty pretzels are simple to make and are great gifts any time of the year. —Virginia Chronic, Robinson, Illinois

Nutty Caramel Clusters

1 review

Don't be fooled by the impressive presentation of these sweet candies. They're so easy to make, even our two young...


Sparkling Candy Swizzle Sticks

Serve these sweet sticks from our Test Kitchen with tea, cider and hot chocolate.


Cashew Nut Crunch

1 review

This is a holiday favorite for gift giving. I coarsely chop some of the candy to sprinkle over ice cream....


Peanut Clusters

1 review

"My husband, Greg, likes to mix up these treats with the kids," says field editor Deb Darr of Falls City,...

Chocolate Mallow Nut Bars

2 reviews

"I've depended on this recipe for years when I need a sweet treat in a hurry," informs Eleanor Mielke of...


Crunchy Candy Clusters

9 reviews

These cereal and marshmallow clusters are so simple that I make them for the holidays each year, as my family...


Spearmint Crunch

I love getting food ready for the holidays, so I start planning early. This is one of my favorite recipes,...


Peppermint Hard Candy

2 reviews

This easy-to-make clear hard candy has a mint flavor from the combination of peppermint and vanilla extracts. It's a perfect...


Almond Rock Candy

1 review

This isn't your ordinary rock candy! The difference lies in the almond extract Nancy Bohlen adds to the mix. "I...

Pecan Clusters

1 review

Toasting the pecans before stirring in the chocolate adds to the richness of this easy-to-make candy. I usually make four...


Brown Sugar Pecan Candies

These sweet candies are similar to those served at Mexican restaurants in our area. The recipe comes from a cookbook...


Chocolate Chow Mein Clusters

5 reviews

Chocolate and peanuts are two of my favorite treats, and the combination in this recipe, along with butterscotch, gives this...


Raspberry Hard Candy

Old-fashioned hard candy appeals to old and young alike. Everyone is thrilled with the awesome raspberry flavor.—Joe Caden, Sutton, West...


Pecan Logs

"This is a favorite snack for me and my 10-year-old great-grandson," reports Ruby Williams of Bogalusa, Louisiana. "It has a...


Pink Ice

2 reviews

You'll love the creamy goodness of this refreshingly minty candy. It's festive pink color makes it lovely on the treat...


Caramel Pecan Clusters

7 reviews

I make lots of candies and I often add a few ingredients or leave some out. My great-nephew, Josh, is...


Bird’s Nests

To celebrate the arrival of spring, our Test Kitchen shaped chocolate-coated chow mein noodles into nests, then filled them with...

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Crunchy Peanut Candy

I got this recipe from a man I worked with 10 years ago and have made it for Christmas ever...


Chocolate Caramel Corn

You may want to make a double batch of this irresistible snack...it gets gobbled up fast! "We purchased something similar...


Lemon Nut Balls

Pat Tubach rolls these soft lemon bites in a crunchy coating of chopped pecans, and they're still a bargain at...


Maple Walnut Crisps

5 reviews

If you like maple, you’ll love these dainty, sweet-and-salty crackers full of buttery, nutty flavor. If not, Mary suggests substituting...


Hopscotch Treats

"When the mood for something sweet strikes, I turn to these crunchy snacks packed with butterscotch flavor," reports Gayle Becker...


Gooey Peanut Treats

Youngsters need only four easy ingredients to whip up a big panful of these chocolaty, peanut-packed squares. "When they're served...