Homemade Christmas candy recipes can seem super complicated but the deliciously easy Christmas candy recipes I have for you here can all be made fast with a few ingredients and without fancy equipment.
There are quick recipes for both traditional old fashioned & vintage Christmas candy and the most popular Christmas candy right now including everything from scrumptiously simple truffles, Turkish delight, candied peel, candy cane and coconut ice to rock candy, Christmas bark, gumdrops & marshmallows!!
These recipes are perfect for DIY Christmas gifts and simple stocking stuffers. And of course for scoffing ourselves!
Even if you’ve never made candy before in your life, you will, I promise, be able to whip up these holiday treats.
Most of the candy recipes are easy enough for kids to help and certainly for tweens and teens to make themselves.
They can also be made cheaply which is a big help when we have a tight Christmas budget.
So what are you waiting for?
Have a browse through for inspiration or if you are after a particular recipe use the index below.
Christmas Candy Recipes
Truffles are a big family Christmas tradition in my house. My daughter adores them.
And despite what you might think homemade Christmas truffles can be super easy to make.
The classic Christmas truffle is made with a chocolate and cream ganache but there are other simple ways to make truffles which are still totally delicious and can be even easier.
I’ve got a bunch of scrumptious truffle recipes for you to pick from here using different methods.
Whichever method you pick, two key things to remember are :
- you need to leave time for them to set before shaping & then covering
- and they won’t keep as long shop bought and are best kept in the fridge and gobbled up within 10 days.
Simple Chocolate Truffles
If you want to make classic Christmas truffles with cream I really recommend the recipe below from Sally’s Baking Addiction – I also recommend her Christmas crinkle cookies – just do exactly what she says!!
Baileys Chocolate Truffles
These simple Baileys chocolate truffles are also cream based but use a microwave. You will need to leave your mixture in the fridge for at least 3 hours to set before shaping.
You can easily cover your homemade truffles in various finishes from cocoa, to confectioners sugar, coconut or finely chopped nuts.
Easy Chocolate Rum Truffles
These easy chocolate rum truffles use butter rather than cream so are simpler and need less time in the fridge …
White Chocolate Truffles
These white chocolate truffles make a super pretty Christmas candy treat. The recipe has a cake rather than cream centre which means they are even easier to make and there really is nothing you can mess up ..
Pistachio & Cranberry Truffles
The wonderful thing about homemade Christmas truffles is you really can customise them easily with your own favourite flavours as in these fabulously seasonal pistachio & cranberry Christmas truffles that are made with cream and butter so can be a little easier to work than some of the pure cream homemade recipes.
Chocolate Truffle Squares
Rolling truffles into little balls can be a messy affair.
For some of us this is part of the very attraction of making candy ourselves for Christmas gifts, but if that’s not you then these chocolate truffle squares make a less messy though still delicious alternative.
There are all sorts of easy but adorable ways to decorate bought marshmallows from cute melting snowmen to penguins but you can also make your own marshmallows with your flavouring of choice as lovely homemade Christmas candy treats.
Christmas Marshmallow Penguins
These cuter than cute Marshmallow penguins from Eats Amazing are great fun to make with little kids and are actually super easy as they are just bought marshmallows covered in chocolate with edible eyes and smarties noses …
Simple Peppermint Marshmallows
These super pretty peppermint marshmallows taste even better than bought and as long as you have got a candy or jelly making thermometer they really are pretty easy to make …
What could be more Christmasy than gingerbread and marshmallows combined?
And these gingerbread marshmallows, which are egg free, but rich in spicy molasses really do hit the spot …
Coconut Christmas Candies
Shredded and desiccated coconut is a wonderfully snowy ingredient for all sorts of super cute and super simple homemade Christmas candy recipes that it is very easy for kids to help with as they need only basic mixing and no hot temperatures.
Christmas Coconut Ice
For an incredibly quick and easy homemade Christmas candy recipe you have to try this scrumptiously pretty coconut ice from Kitchen Sanctuary which needs only 4 ingredients, doesn’t involve a hot pan or any whisking and can be in the fridge in barely 15 minutes …
Chocolate Coconut Balls
These chocolate coconut balls are another super simple homemade Christmas candy recipe. You just need to remember to leave time for them to set in the fridge before dipping in chocolate …
Coconut Snow Balls
These coconut snow balls look gorgeously wintery and would be a lovely homemade addition to your Christmas table decorations. The recipe is again incredibly simple …
If you’ve got just a little bit more time you could convert your coconut snowballs into these super cute coconut snowmen …
Christmas Rock Candy
And so does this yummy Christmas rock candy from Serendipity Life …
(The one thing to watch for with rock candy is you need to get the mixture VERY HOT so it’s not suitable for making with little kids).
Christmas Homemade Lollipops
And for these fun Christmas lollies from Just A Taste you just need sugar, corn syrup and sprinkles …
Again you will need to get your mixture HOT HOT HOT so better made with big kids.
Christmas Candied Peel
Most unfortunately, everyone in my family loves candied peel at Christmas.
So I don’t get to gobble it all down myself.
But as this Christmas recipe from Pint Sized Baker shows, it’s super easy to make your own …
Christmas Turkish Delight
Turkish Delight is another one of our fave Christmas traditions.
And if you’ve got a bit of time to spare it’s not hard to make with this recipe by Design & Scribble
But if you’re more of a chocolate girl give this easy Christmas bark from Sugar Apron a go …
Honeycomb or cinder toffee is more of an early November, Bonfire Night thing for me.
But there’s something so lovely and wintery about it, that it’s perfect for dark Christmas nights too.
To give it a go – it is easy, you’ve just got to work fast – try this recipe from Culinary Jumble …
… or this slightly different one from Clumsy Crafter …
But if you prefer something less cruncy, you can actually make your own Christmas Gumdrops.
There’s a great recipe here from Mom On Timeout …
And another one here from – the fabulously named! – Chocolate Chocolate and More
I do hope you are tempted to try some of these Christmas candy recipes out.
They’re simple, fun and pretty fool proof!
If you’re after more super simple Christmas ideas do check out these other posts …