Why am I publishing a list of five favorite homemade candies? Primarily, I’m publishing this list because all of these recipes contain chocolate, and I love chocolate, but each of these recipes also makes a great gift.I have been known to give these as gifts for Christmas, Easter, or Valentine’s Day. I have a friend who loves homemade fudge, so a two pound block of fudge as a gift is always appreciated.
The best part of these recipes is that they aren’t complicated to prepare. You don’t need to have mad candy making skills to end up with a good final product.
Here are our five favorite homemade candies. Once again, I’ve listed them in the order in which they were published here at Patty Cake’s Pantry.
Candy Corn Hugs Pretzel is named after its ingredients. I couldn’t think of a good name for them. The pre-baking assembly is a great thing to do with your children, and with all of the different colors of candy corn that are available, and the availability of mint flavored hugs that are white with red stripes, it’s possible to take this candy recipe from an Autumn treat to any occasion.
Patty Cake’s Famous Five Minute Fudge is so named because this fudge is prepared with only five minutes of hands on time. Don’t let the quick cooking time fool you, though. This fudge has all of the flavor as a traditionally cooked batch of fudge. I make this every year at Christmas, but I have also been known to use silicone molds to make heart shaped blocks of fudge for Valentine’s Day.
Pretzel Pecan Turtles are another simple candy that starts with a pretzel base. These are also another great candy to have the kids help you to prepare. They can help unwrap the candy and place on on top of each pretzel. I recommend that an adult add the walnut at the end and press it down to prevent little fingers from being burned. I really enjoy the Pretzel Pecan Turtle Candies because they remind me of more expensive Turtle candies except I make them at home for a fraction of the cost.
White Chocolate Fudge with Cranberries and Pecans is a fun, and flavorful, twist on my five minute fudge recipe. In this instance, we use white chocolate, and add dried cranberries and chopped pecans. The result is an amazing flavor sensation that’s sure to please.
Rocky Road Fudge is made from the perfect combination of creamy chocolate, crunchy nuts, and gooey marshmallows. It’s one of my favorite combinations, and I love how easy this recipe comes together. Rocky Road Fudge is one of my favorite ways to make fudge which is ironic since as a child I didn’t like nuts in my fudge.
Because all of these recipes are easy to prepare, they are perfect for those of us with busy lives. They’re delectable, and each homemade candy gives the impression that you worked really hard to make it. Don’t tell anyone how easy it is to make these recipes. Let them think you slaved over a hot stove for hours. It’s never good for your friends and family to know all of your secrets.
Give one, or all, of these candy recipes a try, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.
Which of these do you think would be your favorite? Leave a comment to share your thoughts.
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