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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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 can color-coordinate the M&M's to each holiday. —Kim Scurio, Carol Stream, Illinois

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...


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,...


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...

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...


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...


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...


Nut Goody Bars

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


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...


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


Honey Almond Nougats

Add these tasty nougats to your cookie and candy platter at the holidays. They will disappear fast!—Taste of Home Test...


Pecan Caramel Chews

I received this recipe from my aunt who made it every Christmas. Her son now asks me every year for...


Chocolate Haystacks

These candies are great for parties and snacks—they're always a hit when I serve them.

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...


Gianduja

These layered squares are more “sophisticated” than my usual lineup of Christmas candy, but they’re also very popular. People love...


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...


Puttin’-on-the-Ritz Candy

2 reviews

Enlist the kids to help assemble these fun and tasty turtle-like candies. They make great holiday gifts from the kitchen.


Tiger Butter Candy

8 reviews

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


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...


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...


Caramel-Cashew Pretzel Rods

To give these pretzel rods the fun flavor of s'mores, I sometimes use mini marshmallows and coarsely crushed graham crackers...

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Favorite Dipped Pretzel Rods

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


Trail Mix Clusters

20 reviews

These delicious snacks make wonderful gifts, and although they look and taste like they came from an expensive chocolate shop,...


Chocolate-Covered Apricot-Pecan Pretzels

Salty pretzel rods dipped in a caramel, apricot and pecan mixture and covered with dark chocolate make a deliciously different...


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,...


Festive Anise Hard Candy

Anyone who likes the flavor of anise is sure to enjoy these five-ingredient candies. The bright red color makes them...


Butterscotch Hard Candy

10 reviews

I love making this classic butterscotch recipe. We think these irresistible bites are better than the store-bought variety... and they...