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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    Valentine Candy Hearts

    THESE SPECIAL SWEETS for February 14 are so simple to fix, you'll want to skip the store-bought kind for good...and make more batches on other occasions besides!
    To prepare their cute confections, the CT kitchen staff shaped melted candies with cookie cutters. Then they piped on royal icing in all sorts of fun designs.
    Are you planning a Valentine's Day party, wedding shower or other event? Add a guest's name to each heart and use them as place cards...or dangle the treats from a festive tree centerpiece.

    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,...


    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...


    Bird’s Nests

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


    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 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...


    Walnut Butter Crunch

    Maybe it's the extra butter that makes this lip-smacking crunch so delectable. It takes a long time to make, but...


    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...

    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...


    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.


    Christmas Candies

    2 reviews

    "During my childhood, my family lived in Brazil, where we relished these special treats," recalls Laura Beth Dean of Christiansburg,Virgina....


    Tiger Butter Candy

    8 reviews

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


    Bird’s Nest Treats

    5 reviews

    I make this birds nest recipe in the spring when the birds are starting to build their own nests. They...

    Chocolate Haystacks

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


    Chocolate Turtles

    There's nothing slow about these turtles—they're so rich and delicious they go in a hurry around our house! They also...


    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...


    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...