I love sweets – it’s one of the reasons that I look forward to Halloween and the rest of the holiday season. A few weeks ago, I shared a list of myWebRoom’s favorite comfort foods. Now, here is a list of our favorite candies and chocolates. Not only that, we even have a couple of homemade recipes that range from rock candy to chocolate candy. Save yourself from the impulse buys at the grocery store and have a bunch of fun experimenting in the kitchen with this great candy making activity!
Easy DIY Candy Recipes
Before I launch into decadently rich chocolate, I wanted to share a few of my favorite stand alone treats. These four recipes know how to satisfy a person’s sweet tooth without the aid of chocolate.
This one is going to seem rough – rock candy takes a while to make. The thing is, the candy mixture only takes half an hour to mix together and make. The hard part is waiting two or three weeks for the candy to solidify into one beautiful, crystalline form.
Trust me – it’s worth it. For this recipe, all you need is water, sugar, food coloring, and a couple of sticks or pieces of string. That’s it! Just mix boil the water, mix it all, and let it sit. The blog This Mama Loves excels at this kind of stuff – you can find more delicious activities on this yummy site!
When I think about marshmallows, I think about all of my siblings wielding scepters over the kitchen stove. By scepters, I mean old forks supporting one or two marshmallows. There was nothing that we loved more than the feel of a fire-warmed ‘mallow.
Since those days, I’ve had a chance to sample freshly made marshmallows. I’m telling you – there is no going back. The awesome mind behind Your Homebased Mom shares this deliciously easy recipe for homemade marshmallows! The extra gold flecks add an extra little sparkle to any mug of hot cocoa.
Some of us like our favorite candies to have a little extra crunch. For those texture-filled moments, you can turn to playfully colored Jordan Almonds.
Or you can unleash your creative side and make yourself a batch of these super simple and fresh candied almonds! The Photographer’s Wife was nice enough to share this delightfully easy, homemade recipe.
Easy DIY Nutty Chocolate Bar Recipes
I love chocolate. I love all things nutty. Mix the two together and you’ve got a match made in a candy covered heaven. Here are a few amazing recipes for DIY candy cars that you can easily make in your kitchen. As for my Roommates with severe nut allergies, just you wait. You’ve got a delicious bundle of nut-free chocolate coming your way!
In the myWebRoom office, we have bowls of chocolate everywhere! You can bet that we are constantly grabbing a few handfuls for our secret desk stashes. The fun-sized Twix bars are normally the first to go.
You can image how excited I was to stumble across this recipe for homemade recipe for homemade “Twix” bars that are made from dark chocolate and salted caramel. Imagine fresh chocolate with an underlying layer of caramel that never hardens – that’s exactly what Baker by Nature has accomplished!
I am not kidding about our office’s love of Twix. If I find a second recipe for the chocolate bar, I am going to share it.
These bars even have a fun twist – they play with Halloween themes to give you a spooky edge over all of the other homemade chocolates. You can find this recipe and more at Glitter Inc.
You know the famous motto – “Hungry? Eat a Snickers!” Did you know that there is a homemade version of this famous chocolate bar. It’s a little more complicated than the other homemade candies on this list, but Not Without Salt swears that it’s worth it.
To make this recipe, you’ll need some sugar, corn syrup, honey, eggs, peanut butter, caramel, chocolate, and a pinch of salt. It’s a hefty shopping list, but luckily most of these are common ingredients!
Remember those bowls of chocolate I mentioned? They’re also filled with mini peanut butter cups. If I don’t have a handful of those by me at any given time, you can bet that my eyes are constantly drifting towards the nearest bowl.
Alas, my house doesn’t have the same easy access to those peanut butter cups. Luckily, this ridiculously simple recipe from Handle the Heat just needs muffin tins in addition to peanut butter, chocolate chips, cream, and sugar. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even try to make your own peanut butter!
Chocolate and peanuts – they just go together. So if there is a recipe that just requires a fun candy mold or flat baking sheet, fresh peanuts, and melted chocolate, you can believe that we’ll share it!
Chocolate, caramels, pretzels, and peanuts – oh my! Put them together and what does that make? A homemade “Take 5” bar that you can share at the game!
Thankfully, Completely Delicious has managed to make this recipe so simple. All you need, in addition to your ingredients, is a flat pan or baking sheet, a fridge, and a pizza cutter or a sharp knife.
When you’re craving a decent blend of crunch and cream, you can always turn to the reliable Wachamacallit. This delightful combination of peanut butter, butterscotch, caramel, puffed up rice cereal covered in a thick layer of dark chocolate manages to hit all of the right spots.
According to Cooking with Divian, all you have to do is blend the candy elements and create a nice layer of crispy rice cereal and the sweet caramel-butterscotch mixture in one shallow pan. You can find this recipe and other yummy treats at her blog.
I know, I know, toffee normally pops up around the holidays. But since the winter holidays mean quality family time, I like to nibble on a variety of different toffees whenever that lonely, homesick feeling kicks in.
This super easy recipe calls for a yummy combination of butter, margarine, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Top it off with a couple of your favorite chopped nuts and a drizzle of melted chocolate and you’ve got yourself a delicious toffee, courtesy of Shugary Sweets.
Easy Chocolate Candy Recipes
Growing up, my mother loved buying KitKat bars because they were so easy to share! She’d break them apart and give each of my siblings one of the chocolaty bars. The only sad part was that she never got a portion, but she made up for it by sneaking herself a Snicker once we were all in bed.
Thankfully, Back For Seconds came up with the easiest way to make a bunch of these chocolate candies by breaking out a package of simple vanilla wafers and a few bars of plain chocolate! The recipe is literally as easy as one, two, dip.
There is something wonderful about a candy bar made from two ingredients. The flavors don’t start to conflict with one another – they can form a perfect union of complementing taste and texture. That being said, you can start thinking about the beach with this recipe for homemade “Mound” bars.
This simple combination of flaky coconut and dark chocolate never fails to make me think about a tropical setting. Toss in the fact that Not Enough Cinnamon likes to share healthy versions of delicious snacks and meals and you have yourself a winner.
Let’s get away from the speedy checkout at the grocery store. Chocolate Covered Katie is all about making your heart happy with snacks that are both healthy and delicious. She came up with a totally original way to make sharable homemade chocolate.
Not only are her pomegranate chocolates pretty to look at, they are loaded with antioxidants. All you need are fresh pomegranate seeds, chocolate chips, and an ice tray!
Bookmark Round Up
Now that you have all of these delicious homemade sweets and easy candy recipes in your head, you head over to the kitchen. Half of the fun of making these delicious treats is the fact that you get to sneak little tastes as your work! In cased you missed anything, we added all of the links to the homemade recipes below. Feel free to save the recipes that you love in your myWebRoom! Have fun!
Nutty Chocolate Candies