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.

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...


Maple Peanut Delights

4 reviews

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


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...

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...

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...


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...


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...

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...


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...


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-Coated Pretzels

5 reviews

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


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...


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...


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!...


Chocolate Chip Nougat

This sweet, chewy nougat adds a pretty holiday blush to yuletide gatherings. It takes a little extra effort to make,...

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Peanut Butter Fingers with Dates and Walnuts

This recipe was packed away in my recipe box for years—the first time I made it, it won grand prize...


Chocolate Caramel Corn

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


Almond Date Confections

For our first Christmas together, I made these fast candies for my then-boyfriend. He has begged me for them every...


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...


Coconut Rocky Road Treats

This recipe was given to me by my sister who has baked these treats for Christmas for many years.—Dawn Supina,...


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...