Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm
August 29, 2016

Today, the world lost an icon: Gene Wilder, the star of the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (and countless other classics such as "Young Frankenstein"). Wilder was 83-years-old and reportedly passed away due to complications from Alzheimer's disease at his home in Stamford, Connecticut.

 

Photo: Getty Images

 

To honor Wilder and say thank you for introducing most all of us to a chocolate flooded fantasy land we believed we might run away to at some point during childhood, we collected 11 candy recipes we think Willy Wonka himself might like. It's a tribute that only seems right:

 

Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee 

 

 

Candy Brownies

 

 

DIY Pixie Sticks

 

 

No-Bake Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Balls

 

 

Mocha Almond Fudge

 

 

Butterscotch Caramels

 

 

Chocolate Truffles

 

 

Honey Taffy

 

 

Triple Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters

 

 

Chocolate-Caramel Bark with Quinoa

 

 

Chocolate Pecan Pie Truffles

 

 

Rest in peace, Wonka. 

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