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.

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...


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...


Maple Peanut Delights

4 reviews

Meet the Cook: This wonderful candy recipe makes a big batch - enough to fill several Christmas gift boxes and...


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,...


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...

Nutty Sandwich Treats

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


Minty Chocolate Crackles

Each December, I whip up big batches of these chewy mint morsels, then watch them disappear in a flash! Everyone...


Almond Coconut Candies

1 review

These special candies have the irresistible combination of coconut, almonds and deep dark chocolate. They make great gifts—if you can...


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


Bugle Cones

1 review

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


Candy Cane Reindeer

1 review

We had a blast creating these adorable candy cane stocking stuffers! Rudolph and his friends never looked sweeter than they...


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-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


Macadamia-Coconut Candy Clusters

1 review

These are super easy to make. They are great to make for bake sales,teacher gifts or on candy platters. They...


Nut Goody Bars

My mother passed this delicious recipe down to me—we both love to cook. One nice thing about it is that...


Coconut Almond Bars

This was the first recipe I ever entered in a contest—and it was a winner! Ever since that contest, which...


Homemade Candy Bars

5 reviews

Reports Karen Grant of Tulare, California, "I enter these treats, which are similar to Kit Kat bars, at the fair...

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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...


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...


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,...


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...


Candy Pacifiers

3 reviews

These cute candy pacifiers are a clever addition to any baby shower.
—Lori Vigstol, Thief River Falls, Minnesota