By Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm
Updated 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.

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:

Candy Brownies
Honey Taffy

Rest in peace, Wonka.