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Holiday Candy

Updated on December 6, 2009

Homemade Gifts

Food gifts from your kitchen are the most personal of all gifts. They are made with love and can make you famous. Everyone will look forward to receiving this homemade candy every year, if you make it an annual occasion.

Food specialties from your kitchen will go to your friends wrapped as attractively as possible. Reusable containers will make them more valuable.

You can write the recipe on a card and tie it to the container. Wrap a coffee can with holiday paper and place a bow on top.

Use metal or foil pie plates, oven glassware or small covered casserole dishes as containers.

Make goodies by-the-yard. Unroll a yard of plastic wrap and cut into strips about twice the width of the candy. Space the candy on the strip about an inch apart and fold plastic wrap to cover. Press the edges to seal. Tie a ribbon between each candy. Fold carefully to fit in a container. When lifted by one end, the entire ribbon will unfold.

Cover an oatmeal box with gift paper. Pierce two holes at opposite sides, just below the cover, and run a ribbon through for a handle. Fill with candy.

Nana's Buttercreams

Basic Buttercream Recipe

1 stick butter

1 box (1 pound) confectioner's sugar

Cream butter with sugar until smooth.


Chocolate centers - use 1 Tablespoon Hershey's syrup

Coconut centers - use 1/4 cup coconut and reduce sugar by 1 cup

Fruit centers - use 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries and 1/4 cup nuts

Chocolate-covered cherries- use basic recipe. Drain 1 jar maraschino cherries. Form balls around cherries.

Forming the Candy

Form in the size of hickory nuts. (Approximately 28 balls) Place on wax paper. Refrigerate overnight.

Chocolate Dipping

For every basic recipe, melt 1-8 oz Hershey bar in microwave, 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each 20 seconds until melted. Dip each candy in chocolate using toothpicks or 2 spoons. Place on wax paper and refrigerate.

Five-Minute Fudge

butter to grease pan

1-12 oz package semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup butterscotch chips

1-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup raisins (optional)

In a medium saucepan, on low heat, combine chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, milk and vanilla. Stir until melted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add nuts and raisins, if desired.

Pour the mixture into a buttered square 8 X 8 pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into slices to serve.

Butterscotch Bon Bons

2 packages instant butterscotch pudding mix

1 cup chopped dates or nuts

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup light cream

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Combine pudding mix, dates, peanut butter and cream. Roll into 1 inch balls. Dip in slightly cooled melted chocolate. Place on rack and chill until firm. Makes about 3 dozen.


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    • lovelypaper profile image

      Renee S 7 years ago from Virginia

      I think I gained five pounds just by reading this. It looks so delicious and mouth-watering.

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Five-minute fudge and you don't have to go near an oven! This is a done deal for a holiday treat - with a cup of tea - perfect!

      Once again, I am bookmarking your ideas - many thanks!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      OMG you got me with this one. I've got a sweet tooth that just wont quit! Great hub