5 Easy Christmas Candies You Need this Holiday Season

By TBSP Kitchens
Created March 2, 2017
Easy homemade candies are a Christmas treat you'll definitely want to make this year. MORE+ LESS-

Homemade Christmas candies don’t have to be an exhausting activity. With just a handful of ingredients you can go from zero to festive in no time at all. Check out these easy and delicious holiday inspired treats for the sweetest Christmas celebration!

1. Boozy Christmas Cherry Bombs

Little vodka-soaked cherries coated in holiday colors are perfect boozy bites. And, they’re incredibly easy to make.

Drain the juice from a jar of maraschino cherries, pour in a 1/2-cup of your favorite vanilla flavored vodka, and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

Drain the cherries (but save the vodka—it works great in a cocktail) and pat the cherries dry with paper towels.

Microwave candy coating until melted and smooth, then dip the bottom of each cherry into the coating. Dip in some green sugar, place on a cookie sheet until the coating firms up, and you’ve got a holiday treat with a boozy surprise.

2. Green Ombre Christmas Fudge

Tri-colored fudge made with just 4 ingredients is the sweetest holiday snack.

Begin by lining an 8 or 9-inch pan lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.

Microwave vanilla baking chips until smooth and melted, then stir in 2 containers of frosting. Microwave uncovered on high 30 seconds or until the mixture can be stirred smooth. Then divide evenly among 3 bowls.

In one bowl stir 1/4 teaspoon of green paste food color until blended for the dark green layer. Spread in the pan and freeze for 5 minutes. In the second bowl add 1 drop of green food color and continue to add an additional 1 to 2 drops and blend until the desired lighter green color is achieved. Spread the light green layer over the now set dark green layer, and place in the freezer for another 5 minutes. Finally, spread the white layer on top of the other set layers and refrigerate about 2 hours until firm.

Serve and enjoy the multilayered fanciness of your festive fudge.

3. Minty Mallow Bonbons

York™ peppermint patties are the creamy minty surprise in these easy to assemble bonbons.

Start by cutting a 1-inch slit on the flat end of a marshmallow and stuff half of a peppermint pattie inside.

Place red, white, and green candy melts in separate bowls and microwave one color at a time until melted and smooth. Then, using two forks, dip the marshmallows into the melts. Place onto a cookie sheet and sprinkle with nonpareils. Let them stand for about 15 minutes or until firm.

So easy you have to make these bonbons for a bon noël!

4. Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Mug Mates

Need an easy holiday host or hostess gift? These cute mug mates are super easy and pairs perfectly with hot cocoa.

Start by inserting small candy canes into marshmallows to within 1/2 inch from the bottom. Microwave chocolate chips until melted and smooth, then using the candy cane as a handle, dip the marshmallows into the chocolate. Let stand for 2 minutes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with chopped Andes™ mints, place flat side down on a second cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate about 15 minutes or until the chocolate is set.

All that’s left is to hang the adorable mug mate from your cup of cocoa. A warm treat for a cold winter night!

5. Easy Candy Christmas Ornaments

With a handful of Jolly Ranchers™, cookie cutters, and some ribbon you can make these festive edible ornaments.

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. Spray the insides of the cookie cutters with cooking spray and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Arrange 4 to 8 Jolly Ranchers in each cookie cutter.

Bake 4 to 6 minutes until the candies have melted and cool 3 minutes. Use a toothpick sprayed with cooking spray to make a hole in the top of each ornament. Let the ornament cool completely in the cookie cutter about 20 minutes or until it’s hardened. Carefully remove the ornament from the cookie cutter and break off any excess candy from the edges.

Slip a fancy ribbon through the hole and adorn the tree with your pretty handmade ornaments.