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

Apricot Cashew Clusters

2 reviews

Guests will enjoy the fruity surprise they find in these scrumptious nut candies. "I make them often because they can...


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 Fish Lollipops

A netful of compliments will come your way as soon as kids of all ages dive into these crispy, chocolaty...

Lollipop Ghosts

3 reviews

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


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...

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....


Sparkling Candy Swizzle Sticks

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


Spearmint Crunch

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


Party Mint Patties

2 reviews

These easy-to-make mint candies are perfect for any occasion throughout the year. Simply tint the dough the appropriate color. Friends...

Pecan Coconut Clusters

1 review

Crisp rice cereal and chopped pecans add crunch to these no-bake bites sent in by Norene Wright of Manilla, Indiana....


Chocolate Zebra Clusters

2 reviews

Just one bite and chocolate lovers will melt over these yummy clusters filled with salted nuts, rice cereal and marshmallows!...


Haystack Cookies with Peanut Butter

9 reviews

Peanut butter haystacks are one of my favorite desserts. I love to serve them to guests because they marvel at...


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...


Chocolate Caramel Corn

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

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...


Tiger Butter Candy

8 reviews

Pamela Pogue of Mineola, Texas tells, "This candy is big on peanut butter flavor and fun to make."


Coconut Pecan Balls

I got this recipe from my daughter-in-law, who makes lots of goodies. Everyone who has ever tried them has liked...


Chocolate Cashew Crunchies

This simple-to-make recipe dates back to my daughter's 4-H days over 20 years ago. The cashews and chow mein noodles...


Orange Walnut Candy

1 review

A friend shared the recipe for these tangy goodies. Whenever I need a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, I roll them out by...


Brown Sugar Pecan Candies

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


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...


Peanut Clusters

1 review

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

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Chocolate-Covered Chips

Whenever I give these candies as gifts or serve them to guests, they're conversation starters! The savory-sweet combination makes a...


Chocolate-Peanut Angel Sweets

These are the perfect treat for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Friends and family will be delighted to receive a box of...


Sparkling Pretzels

—Renee Schwebach, Dumont, Minnesota


Flying Broomstick Cats

1 review

—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Nutty Raisin Clusters

Four items are all you need for these chewy chocolate bites sent by Laura Lo Russo. "Try them with white...


Granola Fudge Clusters

5 reviews

Short and sweet, the recipe for yummy Granola Fudge Clusters calls for only four ingredients. “I always make a double...