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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Fried Egg Candy

5 reviews

I joke this is the only way I can get my daughter Haley to eat her bacon and eggs. We have a great time together making these treats and munching on them, too.—Melanie Hayes, Libby, Montana

Bugle Cones

1 review

Making these treats is a breeze. I simply whip up a sugary filling, roll it into small balls to resemble...


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-Dipped Pretzel Rods

5 reviews

Kids of all ages enjoy making and eating these fun treats. The decorated pretzels are a pretty gift in a...


Lollipop Ghosts

3 reviews

Kids really love the spooky shapes of these lollipops, and the vanilla flavor pleases everyone.
—Sandra McKenzie, Braham, Minnesota

Nutty Sandwich Treats

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


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...

Brown Sugar Pecan Candies

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


Peanut Clusters

1 review

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


Caramel Cookie Candy

5 reviews

These homemade candy bars combine a smooth, silky caramel over a delicate vanilla cookie. When you set a plate of...


Mounds of Bugs

2 reviews

If you have helping hands in the kitchen, this is a perfect recipe for you. Kids will squeal with delight...

Pecan Candy Clusters

8 reviews

Grandchildren and kids in her Gage, Oklahoma neighborhood love helping Flo Burtnett make (and eat) these yummy, four-ingredient treats! “They're...


Chocolate Caramel Corn

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


Dragonfly Snacks

1 review

You won't need a net to catch these delightful dragonflies, but they're so cute. they'll disappear fast. Store-bought cookies and...


Bird’s Nests

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


S’more Drops

7 reviews

I first tried these gooey morsels in a sixth-grade home economics class. My friends and I would eat each mouthwatering...

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...


Favorite Dipped Pretzel Rods

Coated in gooey caramel, then covered with chocolate and peanut butter chips, these decadent dipped pretzels are a delicious way...


Decorative Easter Egg

2 reviews

TAKE A CRACK at crafting this sugar ary shell from CT’s cooks. It’s sure to make
Easter “eggstra” special!...


Chocolate Crunchies

1 review

My mother made these candies when I was young, using my grandmother's recipe. Now my daughter enjoy making them...with delicious...


Peppermint Lollipops

2 reviews

These lollipops can be made with any shape cookie cutter. Gingerbread men, snowmen, Christmas trees and reindeer—there are endless color...


Magic Wands

2 reviews

These fun and colorful wands don't need to be made by a magician to be magical. You can change the...


Old Fashioned Hard Candy

2 reviews

A dusting of confectioner's sugar gives a frosty look to this old-fashioned holiday candy from field editor Amy Short of...


Sparkling Pretzels

—Renee Schwebach, Dumont, Minnesota

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Sugar Cone Spruce Trees

1 review

I capitalized on the idea at Christmastime by sprucing up ice cream cones to fashion some frosted firs. I made...


Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

6 reviews

"During the holidays, I was making candy with my daughter and we came up with this recipe the family and...


Clear Toy Candy

Clear toy candy is best made when the weather is cold, as any humidity in the air may cloud the...


Flying Broomstick Cats

1 review

—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Old-Fashioned Lollipops

3 reviews

Kids of all ages will savor these fun fruity lollipops. I received the recipe from my sister-in-law years ago. We...


Pretzel Cereal Crunch

5 reviews

A festive container of this salty-sweet treat was left in my mailbox several Christmases ago—and disappeared in a twinkling! My...