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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

The Mackinac Fudge Shop - Chocolate Lover's Sampler
The Mackinac Fudge Shop - Chocolate Lover's Sampler
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

5 stars for Grandma's Penuche Fudge

Mackinac Island Fudge is to Die For - I Know

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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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