Get Your Sugar Fix With These Homemade Candies

February 8th, 2021 by

A tray of freshly made chocolate turtle candies. The chocolate is still wet and shiny and there are walnuts on top of each candy mound. There are 16 candy mounds shown.

Candy is one of life’s sweetest simple pleasures and it gets even sweeter when you make it at home. Making your own candy is a wonderfully rewarding culinary exercise that teaches you valuable skills like tempering chocolate, sugar work, blooming gelatin, and caramelization. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a few of these homemade candy recipes!

Tempering Chocolate

Learning how to temper chocolate will allow you to make many treats, and this easy tutorial teaches you how to temper chocolate in the microwave in just a few minutes. Though some of these recipes don’t explicitly call for tempered chocolate, it will take any homemade candy to the next level.

Homemade Snickers Bar

Carmel peanuts, sweet and chewy nougat, and tempered chocolate make up one of the most iconic candy bars ever, and it’s fun to make at home. In this Snickers recipe, you’ll learn to make nougat, which is essentially a form of meringue. Although the recipe calls for a tin of caramel, you could make your own and take this Snickers recipe to new heights!

Homemade Butterfingers

Another candy classic, this homemade Butterfinger recipe comes close to the original – very, very close. There are even corn flakes in this recipe to match the confectioners’ corn flakes that were in the original Butterfinger formulation. This recipe has a lot of moving parts, and a lot of molten sugar, so you might want to make these Butterfingers after you have some prior practice with sugar work and caramel.

Homemade Turtles

A candy store favorite, turtles are super easy to make at home, and they’re the perfect starting point if you’ve never made candy before. If you don’t prefer pecans, you can swap out any nut of your choice to suit your preferences.

Homemade Peach Rings

Did you love peach rings as a kid? If so, you’ll love this homemade version just as much! It uses fresh, ripe peaches, so be sure to bookmark the recipe to use when summer peach season rolls around.

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Sour Watermelon Gummies

Consider this recipe for watermelon gummy candies a crash course in all-things gelatin! Though the recipe doesn’t mention it, to get a sour flavor on the outside as you would find in store-bought candy, you’ll want to make up a citric acid and sugar mix to roll the gummies in.

Which of these sweet treats will you tackle first?

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