Two Quick, Fun Holiday Recipes for Christmas Candy

Homemade Christmas Candy

Wrap them pretty and they make great homemade Christmas gifts!
Wrap them pretty and they make great homemade Christmas gifts!

Mmmm Quick Recipes for Christmas Candy

It’s my favorite time of year! I love to cook and I love to eat... holiday desserts... and this year I’ve decided to stop worrying about losing weight. I’m going to focus more on trying not to gain weight, instead. I don’t gain weight that sticks easily, but quite a bit has stuck this last couple of years, so I’m having moderate amounts of everything.

Talk about easy treats recipes! Here’s a couple of Christmas recipes I have always loved. Homemade caramel is so good, so buttery and creamy. Candied apples are good, too, and I know people both young and old that still love and eat them. Easy holiday recipes save us a ton of time and energy.

Gather Together These Items:

  • Pan Spray to Make Clean Up Easier, Coat inside of pan
  • 4 cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Light Corn Syrup
  • 4 cups Granulated White Sugar
  • 12 Tbsp Butter (1 and 1/2 sticks), Cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup Unsoldered Molasses, Make sure it's the unsoldered kind
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Nutmeg, Fresh grated, if possible
  • Also Gather These Items
  • 1 Large saucepot, With handles
  • 1 Wood Spoon, Don't use metal; use plastic if necessary
  • 1 Large cutting board or other flat surface, Make sure you can move it; a stationery one will not do
  • 1 Large Baking Sheet
  • Parchment or waxed paper To cover the baking sheet
  • 1 set Measuring spoon
  • 1 set each Dry and Liquid measuring cups
  • 1 Candy Thermometer
  • A Place for pan to sit - It musn't be moved for 24 hours, Make sure it's out of the way

Easy Christmas Candy Recipes - First: Homemade Caramel

  1. Coat a rimmed baking sheet (18” x 13”) with the Pam Spray and then line it with waxed paper so that it sticks out 2 inches from the edge of the baking sheet on all four sides.
  2. Coat the paper with Pam Spray.
  3. In the sauce pan, put the corn syrup, sugar, butter and molasses and bring them to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-high, still stirring frequently.
  5. Clip on or hold the candy thermometer so the tip is in the food and not touching the pan’s bottom or sides. Cook until mixture is 248(f) degrees, or firm ball stage, approximately 20 minutes.
  6. Take the pan off the heat.
  7. Add the vanilla, salt and nutmeg.
  8. Pour it into the prepared baking sheet and leave it alone for 24 hours, at least. Important: Make sure you don’t move it once it’s settled.
  9. Cover a large cutting board, or other movable surface, with waxed paper and turn over the cooled candy onto the papered board.
  10. Cut into bite-size pieces and wrap them all individually.

A Gentle Reminder About Caramel

It isn’t recommended to store these candies in a container together. You’ll get a huge lump of caramel that won’t come apart easily, over a little time. Take the time to wrap them separately and make them look nice with pretty paper and ribbons. They make excellent gifts and great accents to centerpieces.

Easy Christmas Candy Recipe - Candied Apples

Another favorite childhood memory is that of shiny, sticky candied apples. That cinnamon-sweet apple is a taste you don’t forget. Better than carameled apples, in this writer’s opinion. Here’s an easy candy recipe that could be done with 2 different flavorings.

  • 8 small hard red apples
  • 8 wooden popsicle sticks
  • 3 cups sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup Red Hot cinnamon candies and/or sour apple Jolly Ranchers candies
  • ½ tsp. red food coloring
  • 1 cup water

Also Gather These

  • A medium-size sauce pan
  • A wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups for liquid and dry measure, both
  • Measuring spoons
  • A baking sheet lined with waxed paper
  • A candy thermometer (not expensive)


  1. Wash and dry the apples completely.
  2. Poke the sticks into the top of the apples.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients in the sauce pan and stir.
  4. Bring to a boil and stir until all the sugar and candies are melted.
  5. Clip or hold the candy thermometer in the boiling mixture without stirring.
  6. Cook until it reaches 290(f) degrees, about 20 minutes.
  7. When it reaches 290 immediately remove the pan from the heat.
  8. Hurrying, dip the apples in the hot mix, tipping the pan and doing what is needed to coat the apples evenly.
  9. Hold it above the pan so the excess drips back into the pan.
  10. Set it on the papered baking sheet to cool.

Whether you choose the cinnamon flavored apples or the apple-on-apple flavor, I’m sure this is one of the recipes your family will love. Have a great holiday season and be creative in the kitchen and have fun!

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Got any ideas, traditions or recipes you'd like to share? 2 comments

Michelle G 5 years ago

I love baking all sorts of Christmas candy! I will have to try yours! I find tons of Christmas candy and gift ideas at

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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Nice caramel recipe, I will have to try it. The whole gang is coming home for Christmas so I will need to get cracking on the extra goodies soon.

regards Zsuzsy

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