In these days of tight prices, homemade Christmas Candy can be easy, inexpensive to make and a good Christmas gift. More and more of us are making handcrafted and homemade gifts these days...why not make it delicious candy?
Rocky Road Candy is one of the quickest, easiest ways I know of to make a great candy both kids and grownups will love. The combination of marshmallows, chocolate and nuts is irresistible. Also, it can be made long in advance, cut into squares and wrapped individually to be placed into Christmas gift baskets. No refrigeration needed, just room temperature. That way you can make it far ahead to have enough to share with everyone.
There are many recipes for chocolate fudge...and most people have a favorite recipe. Two that are outstanding are the old fashioned firm cocoa fudge Grandma used to make, and the soft recipe using marshmallow creme. There are many variations that can be made depending on the taste of the individual; Peppermint candy and flavoring, nuts of all kinds, chopped candy bars stirred in after fudge is cooked, etc. This is another candy that can be made in advance, wrapped individually and used as a gift. Fudge stores very well as long as it's well wrapped.
Buttermilk fudge is not chocolate, but rather a velvety, caramel type of fudge, particularly appealing to those rare folks who are not chocolate fans. This fudge has outstanding qualities of staying moist when individually wrapped, so that it will be creamy and enjoyable when opened. Nuts may be added to this recipe, but are not necessary for purist caramel lovers.
Parties at Christmas would not be parties without Bourbon Balls or Rum Balls. Everyone enjoys the flavor and that feeling of doing something a little "naughty" in eating the alcohol involved in their making. These are good as gifts only when packaged in an airtight container, as they lose their strength and tend to dry out the longer they are exposed to air.
Peanut Brittle is light, crunchy and peanutty-good. The recipe is a little more labor intensive, but the results are certainly worth it. This also makes a great Christmas gift, and you don't have to worry about it drying out...quite the contrary, it needs to be kept dry, definitely not refrigerated. Besides, it won't last long, as everybody who passes the candy dish area will munch as they go by.
I haven't made Rocky Road in years. Love this list. hf
Homemade Christmas candy is the best. Thanks for the list.
I love to get homemade candy. Nothing tastes better!
I make the peanut brittle every year for several people and they love it. Some want it without the peanuts because of their teeth, so I make that, too. lol~That buttermilk fudge sounds divine!
YUMMY!!! These would all be delicious homemade Christmas gifts to give or receive.
Can't wait to try the Buttermilk fudge! Thanks for posting the recipe link. This list makes me hungry for some reason!
What a treasured and delicious gift any one of these would be! Nice list, yummy read!
Nice homemade Christmas candy list.I am an odd ball since I don't like peanut brittle, however I make it for those who do.
We love making Christmas candies. My fav is Divinity and Peanut Brittle. Great list.
This is all good! Peanut Brittle is something I would love to learn to make!
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