By 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.


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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.