Give the Gift of Candy

Take a little sugar and spice and create Christmas food gifts for a hostess, a neighbor, or that special friend.

  • Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee
    Annabelle Breakey

    Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee

    Christmas food gift recipes are best when they offer flavor beyond the ordinary. The slightly salty addition of fleur de sel, added just before chilling, highlights the sweet toffee and rich chocolate.
  • Peppermint-White Chocolate Candy Slabs
    Oxmoor House

    Peppermint-White Chocolate Candy Slabs

    Make the easiest candy ever for this season's gifts. You only need three ingredients and a loaf pan. And instead of the peppermint candy, you can make the Peanut Brittle or Hello Dollly variation.
  • Triple Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Triple Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters

    Satisfy your craving for sweet-and-savory treats with this super easy candy recipe. The combination of chocolate bark coating, semisweet chocolate morsels, and German chocolate baking squares will delight even the most demanding chocoholic.
  • Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle
    Oxmoor House

    Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle

    Giving this classic candy is now even easier with our microwave instructions.
  • Peppermint-Coated Pretzels
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Peppermint-Coated Pretzels

    Add holiday flair to these salty-sweet treats with crushed peppermint candies.
  • Nana's Christmas Caramels
    Oxmoor House

    Nana’s Christmas Caramels

    This yummy caramel recipe comes from an old family recipe and straight from a grandmother's heart.
  • Sugared Cranberries
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Sugared Cranberries

    Give yourself an extra day when making these beautiful sugared cranberries since they need to soak in a sugar syrup for eight hours. But beware, once you pass these around to party guests there's no going back. You, and they, will be hooked for life.
  • Croquant
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Croquant

    This crispy almond brittle takes a walk on the light side since it's free of traditional staple candy ingredients, butter and cream. Even better, you won't need a candy thermometer or any special equipment to make the treat.
  • Praline Pecans

    Praline Pecans

    These addictively sweet candied pecans are a great gift for the holidays. The recipe makes 8 cups so there's plenty to share with others as well as enjoy for yourself. Place small bowls of pecans around your house during a party and watch how fast they'll be gobbled up.
  • Peppermint Bark
    James Carrier

    Peppermint Bark

    A beautiful salute to Christmas, this peppermint bark is a perfect hostess gift. Wrap it in clear plastic bags and tie with red and green raffia or ribbon.
  • Mocha Almond Fudge
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Mocha Almond Fudge

    This rich chocolate fudge can be made and frozen for up to two months so it is ideal for gift giving. Make one batch and divide into six equal parts. Place the fudge in airtight containers and decorate with festive ribbon.
  • Walnut Brittle
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Walnut Brittle

    This crunchy brittle is made with walnuts instead of peanuts to make it a touch more special. Make it a few weeks in advance and wrap parchment lined holiday tins. Or try stuffing the sweet treat into clear jelly jars and tie with fabric ribbon.
  • Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy

    Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy

    This super simple holiday bark from Southern Living is made by melting dark and white chocolates in the oven and then swirling the finished product. Chopped pecans and coarse salt are sprinkled over the top to offer contrast. Pack them in tins and ship in padded holiday envelopes.
  • Chocolate-Pistachio Apricots

    Chocolate-Pistachio Apricots

    For adults with a refined sweet tooth, these chocolate dipped dried apricots hit the spot. Rolled in crushed pistachio nuts, they're a sweet, creamy, crunchy treat. Try dried figs, papaya slices, or pineapple to replace the apricots.
  • Butterscotch Caramels

    Butterscotch Caramels

    These homemade butterscotch caramels are a rare treat to be shared with those special friends that you can't thank enough for all they do throughout the year. Give yourself a few hours to make the candy and another two hours to cool the caramels.
  • Chocolate Truffles
    Photo: Hector Sanchez

    Chocolate Truffles

    Let the kids assist you with the preparation of this decadent confection. They can help scoop the chocolate into balls then roll them in cocoa.
  • Key Lime Coconut Snowballs

    Key Lime Coconut Snowballs

    These no-bake coconut snow balls are laced with key lime juice and fresh crumbled graham crackers. Sweetened with condensed milk and powdered sugar, they're a pretty little holiday confection. Wrap them in plastic bags and tie with lime green ribbon and a cranberry sprig.
  • Candied Orange Slices with Ganache Dipping Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Candied Orange Slices with Ganache Dipping Sauce

    Discerning candy lovers will like the tart-sweet flavor of these candied fresh orange slices, but pack them with a crock of deep dark chocolate ganache for dipping to make them holiday special. Substitute lemons or small red grapefruit for the oranges if you like.
  • Pecan Pralines
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Pecan Pralines

    This classic pecan candy from Louisiana is an ideal gift and an easy candy to make. If you really want to splurge, try one of the variations: Chocolate-Pecan Pralines or Bourbon-Pecan Pralines.
  • Soft Apple-Cider Caramels
    Photo: John Kernick

    Soft Apple-Cider Caramels

    These chewy treats are like caramel apples in candy form, combining the tangy-sweet flavor of cider with buttery caramel. To create your own spin on them, use a flavored apple cider or add different spices, like ground ginger or black pepper.
  • Chocolate-Peanut Butter Toffee
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams

    Chocolate-Peanut Butter Toffee

    Crackers serve as the base to this chocolate and peanut butter treat. Make a batch of Chocolate-Peanut Butter Toffee to give as gifts or keep around the house for sweet nibbling.
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