40 Christmas Candy Ideas for Your Holiday Celebrations

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During the holiday season, nothing brings joy to your home and the faces of your family and friends like a batch of Christmas candy. Make the holidays extra merry with these  40 Christmas candy recipe options From Fudge to barks, Truffles to cracks, we’ve got it all that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Whether you’re looking for something to snack on while watching Christmas movies or a sweet treat to give as a gift, this list of Christmas candy has got you covered, there’s no shortage of variety when it comes to Christmas candy. 

So grab a mug of hot cocoa and get ready to discover your new favorite holiday treat.

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Simple Storage Tips For Christmas Candy

When it comes to storing Christmas candy, it’s important to keep in mind that different types of candy require different storage methods. Here are some tips to help you keep your Christmas candy fresh and delicious for as long as possible.

Chocolate Candy: This should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Ideally, the temperature should be between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is too warm, the chocolate may melt or become discolored. If the temperature is too cold, the chocolate may develop a white film on the surface, known as bloom.

Hard Candy: it can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. Be sure to keep the container away from direct sunlight and heat sources, as this can cause the candy to become sticky or melt.

Fudge: should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If stored properly, fudge can last for up to two weeks.

Peppermint Bark: should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If stored properly, peppermint bark can last for up to two weeks.

  1. GINGERBREAD JELLO JIGGLERS  

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These adorable gingerbread jigglers are fun and festive finger jello treats with a sweet and delicious gingerbread cookie taste – and much easier to make!

These Christmas candies are simply a layered gelatin recipe that combines the flavors of gingerbread, condensed milk, and hot chocolate. A delight for kids and adults alike!

Get the full recipe from Jello Joy

  1. OLD-FASHIONED FUDGE RECIPE 

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This handed-down fudge or toffee recipe will become a family favourite. Great around Christmas or Thanksgiving as an after-dinner treat.

This homemade fudge recipe has been kept a family secret for years and is now available to everyone!

Get the full recipe from Recipes For Men

  1. VEGAN PEPPERMINT TRUFFLES 

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These make a great edible Christmas gift! Truffles and Christmas have always gone hand in hand for me. An easy, festive, no-bake recipe, perfect for making with kids

These vegan peppermint truffles are made with a mix of dark and white chocolate and are topped with a sprinkling of candy cane pieces!! 

Get the full recipe from Baked By Clo

  1. CANDY CANE HEARTS 

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Get into the holiday spirit with these adorable chocolate candy cane hearts. With just three ingredients they’re a cute and easy no-bake Christmas dessert.

These candy canes are a delightfully whimsical addition to your Christmas menu. With only three ingredients they are a fun festive activity to do with the kids these holidays.

Get the full recipe from Keep Calm And Eat Ice Cream

  1. SNOWMAN TRUFFLES 

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These cute snowman truffles are easy and fun to prepare and are perfect for Christmas or Winter! They consist of 2-ingredient coconut truffles and store-bought decorations.

These snowman truffles are no-bake, easy, and fun to make. You don’t need any special equipment such as a blender or food processor! 

Get the full recipe from Rainbow Nourishments

  1. CHRISTMAS M&M’S CHOCOLATE BARK 

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This recipe for Christmas M&M’s Chocolate Bark is very easy to make and always comes out perfect. The recipe has just three ingredients and makes great edible gifts. 

Look how festive this Christmas bark comes out. Not only does it look great, it tastes even better. Very versatile. You can change around the M&M’s for any occasion.

Get the full recipe from Pams Daily Dish

  1. ROCKY ROAD CANDY RECIPE 

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This recipe for Christmas treats makes the best rocky road candy; with smooth chocolate, crispy nuts, and fluffy marshmallows. 

It is the perfect balance in snacking with something for everyone, no matter what you are craving. 

Get the full recipe from Ottawa Mommy Club

  1. HOMEMADE PEPPERMINT PATTIES

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A velvety and creamy mint center that is dipped in dark chocolate. You will love these peppermint patties, perfect for holiday entertaining and more. 

 When you bite into them you are filled with sweet mint flavor and rich chocolate. A classic dessert that is served all year round, for Christmas or Thanksgiving and more. 

Get the full recipe from Sparkles To Sprinkles

  1. CHRISTMAS PRESENT OREO TRUFFLES

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It’s no secret that the holidays are a sweet time of year, and nothing encapsulates the festive spirit quite like a slice of creamy, sugary gumdrop nougat. 

Whether you’ve tried it before or are curious to experience this classic Christmas candy-making tradition, there’s no denying that nougat candy is an indulgence you won’t want to miss.

Get the full recipe from On My Kid’s Plate

  1. HOT CHOCOLATE FUDGE RECIPE 

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Hot chocolate fudge is the perfect winter treat. We love to make this around the holidays and include it in our Christmas cookie exchange.

But honestly, our kids enjoy this homemade treat year-round. Read on and we’ll show you how to put this easy microwave fudge together in just 15 minutes!

Get the full recipe from Platter Talk

  1. OREO FUDGE (WITH VIDEO) 

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My recipe for super easy 3 ingredient Oreo Fudge is going to be your next sweet treat obsession this holiday season!

December is just around the corner and that means holidays – I can see this creamy white chocolate fudge featuring in my Christmas desserts this year.

Get the full recipe from Chef Not Required

  1. BUTTERSCOTCH PEANUT BUTTER MARSHMALLOW CONFETTI SQUARES 

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Christmas is such a special time of year, highlighted and saturated with special moments. Moments that can come rushing back to you with the taste of a simple treat.

These Butterscotch Marshmallow Confetti Squares have very few ingredients, aren’t baked at all, and take a whooping 15 minutes to put together.

Get the full recipe from My Kitchen Love

  1.  CHRISTMAS REINDEER CHEX MIX RECIPE 

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Not only will it make an adorable addition to any holiday party cookie tray, Christmas party platter, and charcuterie board, but it’s also a crazy easy-to-make sweet treat.

It’s Christmas time, and if you’re like most people, your home is filled with all the festivity of this time of year. 

Get the full recipe from The How To Home

  1. CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW FUDGE 

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This easy chocolate marshmallow fudge recipe, aka Hot Chocolate Fudge, captures the flavors of hot chocolate in one bite. 

Happy December! Is it true that we are only three weeks away from Christmas?! Christmas means gift-giving, 

Get the full recipe from chocolate moosey

  1. HOMEMADE TORRONE ITALIAN NUT NOUGAT 

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This Italian Christmas candy with roasted nuts is sweet, chewy, and delicious. Italian nut nougat is also simple to prepare. 

An Italian nougat recipe is perfect around Christmas time and other holidays. It makes one of the best gifts nobody can resist its chewy, sticky texture.

Get the full recipe from Xoxo Bella

  1. BROWN SUGAR FUDGE 

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This buttery melt-in-your-mouth delicious old-fashioned Brown Sugar Fudge has the warm flavor of caramel and reminds me of a fabulous New Orleans praline.

It’s perfect on a Christmas dessert tray or included in a cookie exchange. You’ll want to keep this recipe handy, as gift-giving season approaches.

Get the full recipe from Life Currents Blog

  1. BEST CHRISTMAS CRACK RECIPE 

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A staple every holiday season, this is the best Christmas crack recipe! This Christmas crack is addictive, delicious, easy to make, and seriously festive!

This Christmas crack recipe is layered with saltine crackers layered with a velvety smooth caramel and semi-sweet chocolate finish, topped with some chopped roasted pecans. 

Get the full recipe from Cup Of Flour

  1. GRINCH FUDGE 

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Grinch fudge is the perfect holiday treat! Rich white-chocolate fudge is flavored with vanilla, dyed lime green, and decorated with red candy hearts. 

These Christmas Grinch treats are ideal for parties and cookie trays. Prep these easy Grinch desserts in 20 minutes then chill.

Get the full recipe from Confetti And Bliss

  1. CROCK POT CANDY 

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It is a great Christmas Candy to make ahead and help you get a jump on the busy holiday season.

Nothing beats serving up a huge Christmas tin of chocolate peanut clusters that are a breeze to make yet look really impressive. 

Get the full recipe from Recipes From A Pantry

  1. REINDEER PRETZELS 

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These 4 ingredients Reindeer Pretzels are a fun holiday dessert that you can make with the kids!

These are easy Christmas desserts to make with your kids, but easy enough for older kids to make unsupervised.

Get the full recipe from Budget Delicious

  1. PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE MACARONS (CHRISTMAS MACARONS) 

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If you want to serve the most impressive holiday cookie, you need to make these delicious Christmas Macarons! 

These classic French Macarons are festively flavored with chocolate and peppermint. Baking French Christmas Macarons takes time, patience, and attention to detail.

Get the full recipe from Little Sunny Kitchen

  1. BUTTERFINGER CANDY RUDOLPH REINDEER WITH PRETZELS  

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This Butterfinger Holiday Candy idea for Reindeer With Pretzels, chocolate frosting, and M&Ms takes literally minutes to whip up. Ridiculously simple Christmas Treat to make.

It’s a delightful and whimsical Christmas treat that combines rich, nutty Butterfinger candy with salty crunchy pretzels. 

Get the full recipe from box mix recipes

  1. VEGAN OREO TRUFFLES (WITH GF OPTION) 

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Switch the toppings to go with any holiday. red or green sprinkles for Christmas, Orange sprinkles for Halloween or Thanksgiving, blue for Hanukah, and pastel colors for Easter.

These little bites of heaven are perfect for satisfying your chocolate cravings. Whether you’re a dedicated vegan or just looking for a tasty dessert, these truffles are a must-try. 

Get the full recipe from Hassle Free Vegan

  1. THE BEST CHRISTMAS CRACKER CANDY (EASY RECIPE) 

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas Crack recipe! This saltine toffee recipe is a perennial favorite, especially for gifting.

This chocolate saltine toffee recipe is a sweet treat with salty flavor from the crackers and a ton of rich flavor from the buttery toffee!

Get the full recipe from Blackberry Babe

  1. CHRISTMAS NOUGAT (WITH JUJUBES) 

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This easy, no-bake Christmas Nougat is a great candy for your holiday treat tray. It’s only 4 ingredients, fun, colorful, easy to make (no candy thermometer required), and tasty!

This Christmas Nougat (one of the best candies ever) not only makes a great edible gift for friends, but it’s also a great no-bake addition to any Christmas baking platter. 

Get the full recipe from food meanderings

  1. SNOWBALLS COCONUT FUDGE TRUFFLES 

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These festive snowballs are the perfect wintertime sweet treat! They are rich and fudgy coconut truffles, with a luscious and firm texture that’s irresistible to bite into!

This easy keto dessert recipe is no-bake and no-cook: you don’t need to turn on the oven or even use the stove. 

Get the full recipe from Like Hot Keto

  1. 5-INGREDIENT EASY PEPPERMINT FUDGE – DAIRY AND SUGAR-FREE

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It only requires 15 minutes of minimal hands-on effort and then an hour or so to cool in the fridge. Ideal for the Christmas season when days seem shorter and lists are longer.

But then again, what fun are Christmas treats if you can’t indulge just a teensy weensy bit? “This is Christmas, all wrapped up in candy.”

Get the full recipe from Whole New Mom

  1. PEPPERMINT OREO BARK RECIPE 

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our Peppermint Oreo Bark recipe always goes down a treat. It only requires 3 ingredients and is quick and simple to make.

Our diary is filling up with dates to catch up with friends and family in the run-up to Christmas.

Get the full recipe from The Gingerbread House

  1. CHRISTMAS FUDGE 

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This tasty Christmas fudge recipe is the perfect holiday treat for your next party. You’ll have perfect Christmas Fudge with this easy recipe.

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a plateful of decadent, delicious Christmas fudge sitting on the counter.

Get the full recipe from Organized Island

  1. PEPPERMINT SCHNAPPS CHRISTMAS TRUFFLES 

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The weather outside is frightful but Peppermint Schnapps Christmas Truffles are oh-so delightful. 

Made with four simple ingredients these no-bake truffles are infused with peppermint liqueur and then sprinkled with crushed candy canes.

Get the full recipe from Whisking Wolf

  1. PEPPERMINT BARK POPCORN RECIPE (GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN) 

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Enjoy your favorite seasonal treat as a sweet and salty snack! This homemade Peppermint Bark Popcorn is perfect for Christmas party munching and gifting! 

This gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and allergy-free recipe is easy to make with crispy popcorn coated in creamy white chocolate, crushed candy canes, and peppermint extract, and drizzled with dark chocolate!

Get the full recipe from Strength And Sunshine

  1. HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BRITTLE 

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Whether you love it for Thanksgiving, Christmas or all year long, homemade brittle with peanuts or other nuts is a delicious treat.

Add a special sweet treat to your holiday celebrations with this easy peanut brittle recipe. Here is how to make it for your family! 

Get the full recipe from Two Kids And A Coupon

  1. VEGAN CHRISTMAS FUDGE 

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This rich and creamy chocolate fudge is easy to make in the microwave with just 5 simple ingredients! It is great for gifting!

The flavor and texture are also exactly what you remember from traditional fudge. This easy Christmas fudge also keeps exceptionally well in an airtight container, 

Get the full recipe from This Wife Cooks

  1. CHRISTMAS CRACK RECIPE 

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This Christmas crack is saltine toffee made with crackers, brown sugar, butter, chocolate, and holiday sprinkles. 

A sweet and salty treat that’s addictively delicious and perfect for feeding a crowd!

Get the full recipe from dinner at the zoo

  1. EASY CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS TRUFFLES 

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A sweet treat during the holiday season, these Christmas truffles are so easy and so fun to make!

The best part is, that there is no need to heat up the kitchen and turn on the oven, these are made on the stove and then kept cold right in the refrigerator.

Get the full recipe from Lynn’s way of life

  1. EASY VEGAN PEPPERMINT BARK RECIPE 

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It is the perfect recipe for Christmas and kids love helping make it, especially when it comes time to crack the peppermint bark!

The flavor of dark and white chocolate blended together with peppermint and topped with candy canes will taste like an explosion of Christmas in your mouth!

Get the full recipe from Wow Its Veggie

  1. CHOCOLATE ORANGE TRUFFLES 

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These easy chocolate orange truffles have a silky, smooth ganache center. They use rich dark chocolate and with just a few ingredients are so simple to make!

These would make a great homemade gift for your friends, family, or neighbors for Christmas, the holidays, or even Valentine’s Day.

Get the full recipe from InfineTaste

  1. CHRISTMAS NOUGAT CANDY 

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Chewy, delicious Christmas Gumdrop Nougats are a fantastic and easy no-bake old-fashioned holiday treat. 

Easily flavored with peppermint or cinnamon, this super sweet and festive holiday candy is trendy in the latter part of the year.

Get the full recipe from Salty Side Dish

 

  1. CHRISTMAS CRACKER CANDY 

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Making Christmas candy has never been easier than this salty-sweet cracker candy. Switch up the toppings and make it year-round!

Made with a unique, crisp base of saltine crackers, smothered in crunchy homemade toffee, and blanketed with semi-sweet chocolate and Nutella, this easy-to-prepare treat is *almost* addictive!

Get the full recipe from The Pioneer Woman

                                      

  1. CHRISTMAS BUTTER MINTS RECIPE 

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No proper Southern tea party, wedding reception, or baby shower is complete without a candy dish brimming with delicate buttermints. 

Traditionally colored in a rainbow of pastel hues, they are light and crisp with a buttery richness, a refreshing minty flavor, and a texture that melts in your mouth.

Get the full recipe from Southern Living

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some popular Christmas candies besides candy canes?

There are many popular Christmas candies besides candy canes. Some of the most popular ones include peppermint bark, chocolate truffles, Christmas fudge, and gingerbread cookies. These candies are often given as gifts during the holiday season and are enjoyed by people of all ages.

What are some unique Christmas candy recipes?

If you’re looking for unique Christmas candy recipes, there are plenty to choose from. Some popular options include candy cane popcorn, Christmas candy bark, and hot cocoa truffles. You can also try making your own homemade candy canes or peppermint patties for a fun and festive treat.

What are some traditional Christmas candies from around the world?

Christmas candies vary from country to country, but some traditional options include German marzipan, Italian panettone, and British Christmas pudding. In Sweden, people enjoy pepparkakor, which are gingerbread cookies, while in France, they indulge in bûche de Noël, a Yule log-shaped cake made of sponge cake and buttercream.

What are some easy Christmas candy ideas for kids to make?

If you’re looking for easy Christmas candy ideas for kids to make, there are plenty of options. Some simple recipes include chocolate-covered pretzels, reindeer bark, and peppermint patties. You can also try making Christmas popcorn balls or candy cane marshmallow pops for a fun and festive treat.

In conclusion, Christmas candies are a great way to add some sweetness to your holiday season. With a variety of flavors and textures to choose from, there is something for everyone. Whether you prefer traditional flavors like peppermint or something more unique like eggnog, there is a Christmas candy out there for you.

When selecting Christmas candies, it’s important to consider the occasion and your audience. If you’re looking for a festive treat to share with friends and family, consider a candy assortment or a holiday-themed candy dish. For a more formal occasion, opt for a gourmet candy gift box or a box of chocolates.

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, Christmas candies can also be a great addition to your decor. Use candy canes to create a festive garland or centerpiece, or fill a clear vase with red and green M&M’s for a pop of color.

Overall, Christmas candies are a fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat to enjoy with loved ones or a way to decorate your home, there are plenty of options to choose from. So go ahead and indulge in some holiday cheer with a delicious Christmas candy!

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.

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