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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    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...


    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...


    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,...


    Decorative Easter Egg

    2 reviews

    TAKE A CRACK at crafting this sugar ary shell from CT’s cooks. It’s sure to make
    Easter “eggstra” special!...


    Raspberry Hard Candy

    Old-fashioned hard candy appeals to old and young alike. Everyone is thrilled with the awesome raspberry flavor.—Joe Caden, Sutton, West...


    Pecan Logs

    "This is a favorite snack for me and my 10-year-old great-grandson," reports Ruby Williams of Bogalusa, Louisiana. "It has a...


    Favorite Dipped Pretzel Rods

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


    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...

    Peanut Clusters

    1 review

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


    Gianduja

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


    Hopscotch Treats

    "When the mood for something sweet strikes, I turn to these crunchy snacks packed with butterscotch flavor," reports Gayle Becker...


    Crunchy Peanut Candy

    I got this recipe from a man I worked with 10 years ago and have made it for Christmas ever...


    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...


    Crunchy Pecan Drops

    My family looks forward to Christmas each year because that's the only time I make this candy. For a chocolate...


    Caramel Cashew Clusters

    7 reviews

    Several years ago, a co-worker came across candies like these in a store and asked if I could make them....


    Marbled Almond Roca

    1 review

    My easy recipe is an old favorite that we keep in steady use from mid-November until the New Year. Homemade...

    Caramel Pecan Logs

    "These logs are absolutely the best and slice into pretty rounds," notes Lyons, Georgia field editor Suzanne McKinley.


    Buttery Almond Crunch

    19 reviews

    Meet the Cook: This delectable candy is crisp but not as hard as peanut brittle. Some people say it reminds...


    Gooey Peanut Treats

    Youngsters need only four easy ingredients to whip up a big panful of these chocolaty, peanut-packed squares. "When they're served...


    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...


    Pink Ice

    2 reviews

    You'll love the creamy goodness of this refreshingly minty candy. It's festive pink color makes it lovely on the treat...

    Dragonfly Snacks

    1 review

    You won't need a net to catch these delightful dragonflies, but they're so cute. they'll disappear fast. Store-bought cookies and...


    Chocolate-Peanut Angel Sweets

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


    Lemon Nut Balls

    Pat Tubach rolls these soft lemon bites in a crunchy coating of chopped pecans, and they're still a bargain at...


    Crunchy Peanut Butter Squares

    I've been making this candy for more than 30 years, and the first time my husband tasted it, he simply...


    Chocolate-Dipped Candy Canes

    1 review

    I couldn't resist combining my two loves—peppermint and chocolate—in this recipe. These are so easy, but if one breaks in...


    Spider Nest Candies

    These creepy crawlies are much sweeter than they are scary. Kids love to help make the simple treats. —Taste of...