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Christmas Candy Recipes

Updated on October 25, 2014

Family Candy Recipes

I have been cooking since I was a little girl. I love to cook and create my own recipes. Or take a recipe and improve on it. I learned from my mother, who learned from her mother and so on.

The one thing I love about Christmas time is the candy. Oh I love candy! After all, isn't that one of the major food groups?

I have many candy recipes that have came from my grandmother and great grandmother. The fudge recipes are before the marshmallow fluff days of making candy. They are more sweat than the recipes of today. This is not diet food! Oh...we loved our sugar.

Enjoy these delicious treats.

Mackinac Fudge

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A great selection for the chocolate lover in your life. This package includes three slices of our finest chocolate flavors, including plain chocolate, chocolate walnut, and chocolate peanut butter. The name Mackinac Island Fudge refers to a style of fudge that originates from Mackinac Island, MI not any particular company or brand. Not all brands are the same, however. Make sure you treat yourself to nothing but the best... homemade sweet cream Mackinac Island fudge with no preservatives...from our kitchen to you. No factories involved. We have been to Mackinac Island. The fudge is to die for. If you are not into cooking, this would be a must buy for the Christmas holiday. Just place the fudge on a plate and make your guest think that you made it. I won't tell!

Grandma's Penuche Fudge - Or was it Great Grandma's?

Grandma's Penuche Fudge Recipe


4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

1 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cups butter

4 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Combine sugar, milk, and butter in heavy large saucepan. Cook, until all the ingredients are melted and dissolved.
  2. Continue cooking until a small amount of mixture dropped into cold water forms a soft ball or to 238 on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and let stand until lukewarm. Add vanilla and walnuts (if desired). Beat until mixture is thick and loses its gloss. Pour into buttered 9 inch square pan or an 11x7-inch pan. When firm, cut into squares. This makes around 3 pounds.
  3. Note: When the syrup forms a small soft ball in the water. It must be firm enough to pick up with your fingers without falling apart.

Grandma's Penuche Fudge

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Heavenly Divine Divinity - Sweet Nostalgia

Heavenly Divine Divinity Recipe


2-1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup

1/2 cup water

2 egg whites

1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Continue cooking, without stirring, until it reaches a firm ball stage when dropped in water. If using a candy thermometer, it must register 260 degree F for the hard-ball stage (10 to 15 minutes).
  2. Remove pan from heat. In a large mixing bowl beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Gradually pour hot mixture in a thin stream over whites. Beat mixture on high speed about 3 minutes; scrape sides of bowl occasionally. Add vanilla and, if desired, food coloring. Continue beating on high just until candy starts to lose its gloss (5 to 6 minutes). When beaters are lifted, mixture should fall in a ribbon that mounds on itself.
  3. Drop a spoonful of candy mixture onto lightly buttered waxed paper. If it stays mounded, the mixture has been beaten sufficiently. If mixture flattens, beat 1/2 to 1 minute more; check again. If mixture is too stiff to spoon, beat in a few drops hot water till candy is a softer consistency. Immediately stir in nuts. Quickly drop remaining mixture onto waxed paper. Store tightly covered.
  4. Cherry or mint divinity can be made by adding a teaspoon of flavoring and some food coloring. Or any other flavor you would like to try.
  5. Note: Divinity can be a temperamental type of candy. Do not make this when there is high humidity. A rainy day is not a good day to make this candy. I know first hand that it can change from a fluffy heavenly divinity to a hard gooey chew.

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Creamy Melt in Your Mouth Fudge - Marshmallow Fluff Way

This one is from a marshmallow fluff jar. It varies a little from the different brands. This has become a standard fudge recipe almost everywhere you go. I find it to be a fool proof recipe. Even a novice cook can make this delicious fudge recipe.


1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter

2/3 cup evaporated milk (5 oz can)

1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow fluff

1 pinch salt

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 12 oz bags)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)


Lightly grease a foil-lined 9x9x2 inch pan; set aside.

Heat the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, marshmallow, salt in a 3 quart saucepan over a medium heat until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. (5 minutes.)

Add chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth. Stir in optional walnuts.

Spread into pan, sprinkle with optional milk chocolate chips, more nuts, coconut and/or mini-marshmallows.

Refrigerate overnight, carefully turn out onto a cutting board, remove foil, flip back over and cut into 1-inch squares.

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Grandma's Old Fashion Cocoa Fudge


3 cups granulated sugar

4 T. (tablespoon) cocoa

2 cups evaporated milk

1 T. vanilla

1 T. butter

1/2 cups walnuts if desired


Mix the sugar, cocoa and milk in heavy large saucepan. Cook on medium high until the soft ball stage. Ball should be able to roll around on the fingers without falling apart, but still soft.

Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter or margarine. Mix in the nuts if desired.

Beat the mixture by hand using a wooden spoon, going in a figure 8. Keep beating until mixture thickens up and gets a glossy look. Pour into buttered 9 inch square pan or an 11x7-inch pan. Once it gets to stage it will set quickly. If it is sets too fast before pouring it in the pan, add a little milk to the mixture.

After pouring into dish, put in fridge and let set. Cut into squares.

Extra! Extra!

I remember cooking this fudge before it got to the soft ball stage and pouring it over vanilla ice cream. It would set up as a hard chocolate candy and an extremely rich ice cream treat.

Sometimes my brother and I would take a little bit of the thick hot chocolate fudge before taking it off the stove and eat it from our cups. We called this "Slop Fudge."

Oh Fudge!

Oh Fudge!: A Celebration of America's Favorite Candy
Oh Fudge!: A Celebration of America's Favorite Candy
A candy-lover's dream, this is a collection of dozens of mouth-watering recipes for fudge and related sweets like caramels, nougats, and marshmallows. Every type of fudge imaginable is here, along with history, sources, and a section on how to rescue "failed" fudge. For most collections. Who can say "No" to fudge. Just writing this makes my mouth water. Never too early to start making this!

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    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Hooks and Needles Christmas does seem like the only time I make candy as well.

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      Hooks and Needles 

      6 years ago

      The only time of year that I make candy is at Christmastime. These sound good. I use the same marshmallow fluff fudge as you do, but I'll have to try the others this year. Thanks for the recipes.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      AliciaC 7 If you are like me, if you make it too soon it may not be around for Christmas. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      bensen32 Are you allergic to chocolate or on a diet?

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The candy recipes sound delicious! I am very tempted to make the fudge myself for Christmas - or even before then!

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      Thomas Bensen 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Looks yummy to bad I can't have chocolate :(

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      8 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this lens. Well done.

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      8 years ago

      Delicious recipes for Christmas candies. Sometimes I don't know what to make for our celebrations and these are awesome ideas. I will try them out :)

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      8 years ago

      I am going to add this one to my fudge recipe lenses. Loved it.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Slop fudge. I love it! That sounds like the best way to eat it.

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      8 years ago

      I love fudge!!!!! Thanks for these great recipes! Blessed!

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      9 years ago

      Christmas is my favorite time of year with all the candy and chocolate.

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      9 years ago

      The fudge looks so yummy! Great recipes,


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      9 years ago

      This lens looks delicious.

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      9 years ago

      Yummy lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Joy Neasley 

      9 years ago from Nashville, TN

      yummmy!!!!! great lens.

    • sheilamarie78 profile image


      9 years ago from British Columbia

      Now why did you have to tell me about these recipes? I'm going to have to try them and you know what that means! Flabby plup plup.

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      10 years ago

      wow i love candy. You can find chocolate candy and more at candy store Thanks for your share.:)

    • CastleRoyLisa profile image


      10 years ago from Rhode Island

      wonderful recipes they sound great Yummmmm

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      10 years ago

      loved this recipe :)

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      10 years ago

      I wondered if you were going to have divinity! and you did. Yum

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      MuskyJim LM 

      10 years ago

      yum fudge, gonna be doing some baking it looks great. lensrolled to stocking stuffer ideas

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      Cynthia Davis 

      10 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for the fudge recipe, Sandy. I'll be making this for the holidays after trying others with no success.

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      10 years ago

      Oh this was just what I needed to see this morning. Now I am anxious to get busy on my Christmas baking. Thank you.

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      10 years ago

      At times i can be a total fudge addict and Christmas is one of those times. Your Grandma's Walnut Fudge looks wonderful

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      Sharon Berry 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      Love the lens. I too love my sweets and fudge is one of my favorites. Our fondest memories of Mackinaw is the fudge ( and of course touring the island in a horse drawn carriage ). I'll be lensrolling you!

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      Michelle Mafra 

      10 years ago from Corona CA

      Oh My gosh! What a great lens. With the recession i thought of baking cookies to give as christmas gifts for friends in cute boxes made by me! But after i saw this lens it will be great to make then some holiday candy as well. Great idea. thank you very much.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      10 years ago

      Alright you definitely won me over with this lens! Love your recipes and I can't wait to try them!

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      10 years ago

      Mackinac fudge is the best! We used to visit every summer when I was a kid.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      I love fudge and divinity, especially homemade! Delicious!!!

    • encouragingwords profile image


      10 years ago

      Fabulous lens, featured it on Recipes for Christmas Gifts in A Jar!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Hi, Sandy ~ I'm adding your lens to Culinary Favorites From A to Z under Candy. The group would love a lensroll to your lens! Thanks.

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      10 years ago

      Yum! We always make candy at Christmas. I'm bookmarking this lens for later so I can come back for some of the recipes! Thanks for adding it to The Big Red Bow.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      10 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful lens and makes me want to make fudge! Thanks for submitting it to my Chocolate recipes plexo.

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      10 years ago

      I love all chocolate candy recipes. Holiday pounds here I come.

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      Bemused in Tasm 

      10 years ago

      My Mom always made the most wonderful divinity, penuche, and fudge, too. Thanks for the memories! My own favorite, both to make and to eat, is peaunt brittle. I 'pull it' so that it is very thin. This is a great lens for the sweet-tooths amongst us!! Note, I said "us" . . .

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      11 years ago

      I think I gained 5 pounds just reading this Christmas candy lens.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      11 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Fudge is definitely one of my favorite fruits! :) It looks delish! Feel free to send me some for Christmas, because after my Thanksgiving side dish disaster, I'm a bit afraid to try another experiment in the kitchen. These candy recipes look great, though!

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      andreaberrios lm 

      11 years ago

      Anything chocolate would be my favorite ;) Awesome lens, makes me want to go get Christmas candy already!

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      Sensitive Fern 

      11 years ago

      Those fudge pictures make me want to eat the monitor! :) 5*

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      11 years ago

      Found this on StumbleUpon! Great lens. I love fudge.

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      momto4 lm 

      11 years ago

      These sound delicious! I love divinity and fudge! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to try them!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      11 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done, Sandy. My Great Grandmother made candy from her kitchen to help make ends meet during the depresssion. Candy making, therefore, always has a warm spot in my heart although I don't actually do it myself.

      Well done & blessed.

    • justholidays profile image


      11 years ago

      I love fudge! Thanks for having put together this GREAT lens with so many recipes!


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      Mary Beth Granger 

      11 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      oh...these sound really good!! 5*

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      11 years ago

      Excellent. Sounds delicious.

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      11 years ago

      Wooo! Beautiful lens. Sure is something to look at when you haven't eaten dinner yet. LOL I will have to make some of this. mmmmm

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      Tyla MacAllister 

      11 years ago

      I love Christmas candy,especially fudge!The old fashioned cocoa fudge with walnuts is my favorite. I also like divinity but I've never been able to get the hang of making it. It's obviously a humidity issue.

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      11 years ago

      Such a mouth watering lens! I would like to have it all in one go.

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      RickyRobi LM 

      11 years ago

      Oh, I am going to gain way to much weight this year trying these yummy looking candy recipes. I will have to make the divinity. Grandma always made it, but she isn't able to anymore.

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      11 years ago

      I love food lenses with genuine family recipes. The old fashioned chocolate fudge definitely looks like one to try.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens ..Love the Marshmallow Fluff Way and 5*

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      Salvatore LM 

      11 years ago

      Mmmmmmmm.........!!! What a sweet lens! Your Grandma's Penuche Fudges look so exquisite!! I want to eat them!!


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      sukkran trichy 

      11 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      not only you, sandy. i, too, love candy. what a lovely lens. 5* and posted it in my facebook wall.

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      11 years ago

      Beautful lens - great design, great recipes with yummy photos!

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      11 years ago

      Yummy!! Lensrolling over to my Christmas Lenses!

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      Heather Burns 

      11 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      beautiful lens, 5* and fave.

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      rewards4life info 

      11 years ago

      Delicious recipes you've got here. Lovely lens. 5* and favourite.

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      11 years ago from Chicago area

      Haven't made fudge, just cookies, but I think the kids would enjoy trying it. Thanks for the idea! Rolling this to my stocking stuffer lens :)

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      11 years ago

      I'm adding this lens to my list of helpful lenses on Using Lists to Lower Your Holiday Stress.


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      11 years ago

      I love the Divinity and any kind of fudge you throw my way. chocolate is my favorite but if its sweet...

      Great lens

      5* and lensroll to Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls


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      Trina Sonenberg 

      11 years ago from Nucla, Colorado

      I'll have to try some of these when I get ready to fatten the neighborhood for Christmas. Great stuff for the sweet tooth!

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      Ruth Coffee 

      11 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      mmm, I love fudge. I look forward ot it every year. I haven't made Divinity since I was a kid...maybe I'll try it this year.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      I have a recipe called Five Pounds Fudge. Maybe I should get that out and make it this year. It is the best!

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      Holley Web 

      11 years ago

      Oh my! I can't decide! I want it all. I am a serious divinity lover but I still want some of that fudge! Wow this is a beautifully tasty lens :)

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      11 years ago

      Yummy lens! I've never made that Marshmellow Fluff Recipe, I think I'll do that this Christmas! I like to add new treats to goodie plates that I give to some of my neighbours! Thanks for sharing this! I added my Festive Chocolate Treats to the plexo too! :-)


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