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Yummy Christmas Candy Recipes

I've always been fascinated with the idea of Christmas candy. I love the idea of a little box of homemade chocolates. I mentioned this to my awesome mother-in-law and she graciously offered to teach me how to make a few different kinds of Christmas candy this year, as well as share these tasty family recipes with me. We ended up making about 7 different kinds of candy that I ended up giving out as neighbor gifts this year. It was so fun that I think this might need to be a new Christmas tradition! Check out these delicious recipes below, and don't miss the free gift tag printable at the bottom.

Yummy Christmas Candy Recipes

We made peanut butter cups, soft carmel, chocolate covered carmel, tiger butter, almond joys, idle balls, and nut clusters. We bought one of the largest bars of chocolate known to mankind and used that for all of our chocolate dipping and mixing needs.

I'll start with an easy one first.

Tiger Butter

1 1/2 lbs Almond bark or white chocolate
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips (we used that huge bar of melting chocolate)
1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional but so tasty)

Melt white chocolate with peanut butter. (We melted it on the stove in a double boiler, but you can also do it in the microwave!) Add chopped nuts. Spread onto a lined 11x17 pan. Melt chocolate chips and drizzle over white chocolate mixture. Swirl with a fork. Chill and cut or break into pieces.

I always thought these would be hard to make, but they are actually relatively easy! They just take a little time, but are oh so worth it!

Peanut Butter Cups

1 stick butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter

1 bag chocolate chips (or melting chocolate)

Mix until smooth. Roll into balls. Use a mini muffin tin and cupcake liners to finish. Add chocolate to the bottom of cupcake liner, add peanut butter ball, add chocolate on top to cover. Let harden. ENJOY!

Soft Carmel (or chocolate covered Carmel)

2 cups sugar
2 cups cream (can be half and half)
1 3/4 cups Karo syrup
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla

Add sugar, Karo, butter and 1 cup of cream to pot. Let boil. Stir constantly. Slowly add the other cup of cream Do not let it stop boiling. Cook to a firm ball. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Pour into buttered 9x13 pan. Let cool. Cut into squares. Wrap of dip in chocolate.

Mounds/Almond Joys

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 stick butter
14 oz. flaked coconut
3 cups powdered suger

1 bag chocolate chips (or melting chocolate)

Melt butter. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Chill. Dip in chocolate (same as peanut butter cups with mini cupcake liners). Add almond on top for Almond Joy.

Yummy Christmas Candy Recipes

Idle Balls

1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
4 cups powdered sugar
2 sticks butter (1/2lb)
1/4 tsp Maple, Almond, or Vanilla extract (We used vanilla)

1 bag chocolate chips (or melting chocolate)

1 cup chopped almonds (or nut of your preference)

Mix center ingredients together. When completely mixed, make into 1/2 inch balls. Put on cookie sheet and freeze until hard (about 5-10 minutes).

Using a toothpick, dip the center into melted chocolate, and then roll in chopped nuts. Refrigerate when finished.

Nut Clusters

If you have any chocolate left over, pour over mixed nuts in a cupcake liner! So easy.

I put one piece of each kind in a little box from Gygi and tied it up with a piece of bakers twine. I added a little gift tag in case my neighbors weren't home when we went to deliver them.

Click here to download these Free Christmas Gift Tags

Free printable Christmas gift tags

We made all of this candy over the course of about 3 (half) days. (If you didn't have little ones running around needing to be feed and changed you could probably do it all in one day.)

What is your favorite Christmas candy? Were any of these your favorites? I had never heard of the idle balls, but I think they are my new favorite... well tied with carmel. Carmel is delicious.

1 comment:

  1. So cute and looks so yummy! I love that we now know where your husband gets his smile from- from his wonderful mother!


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