How To Make The Best Candy For The Holidays

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Have you thought about how to make the best candy for the holidays, yet? I always think chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate when I think about candy making. I have never made hand-dipped chocolates, but I have received them from neighbors at Christmas time. They are always so soft, creamy and fresh. My recipes today are old family recipes that anyone can make and are fairly inexpensive.

Have you ever made chocolate truffles? These are so simple even your kids and grandkids can make them. They are absolutely the most delicious truffles you can make, in my humble opinion. I started making these when I lived in Logan, Utah. My daughter is 35 years old now and she was born when we lived in Logan, so I think it’s safe to say I have been making these for over 35 years.

Best Candy For The Holidays:

How To Make The Best Candy For The Holidays by FoodStorageMoms.com

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 50 pieces
Ingredients
  • 12- ounce package real milk or dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup butter no substitute cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or any flavor of choice
  • Chocolate Shot or “Sprinkles”
Instructions
  1. In Double Boiler, melt the chocolate chips with the milk. Beat with mixer one yolk at a time into the melted chocolate. Remove the pan from heat and start adding the butter pieces a few pieces at a time using the mixer. Beat 2-3 minutes, then mix in the vanilla. Chill the chocolate in the refrigerator. When the chocolate is workable, roll into balls the size of marbles and roll in the chocolate shot or ground nuts. Serve well chilled in tiny paper/foil cups. Keep the truffles refrigerated. Makes approximately 50 Chocolate Truffles.

Nana’s Homemade Fudge

Nana's Homemade Fudge
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 1 cube butter=1/2 cup of butter or eight tablespoons of butter
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 5-1/2 cups sugar
  • 16 ounces of chocolate chips milk, semi-sweet, or butterscotch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter, milk, and sugar very slowly over the stove. Stir constantly because it will scorch easily.

    In a  large bowl combine the chocolate chips and vanilla. Add this mixture to the butter, milk, and sugar and stirring constantly until chocolate pieces have melted. Remove from stove. Grease your 8-inch by 8-inch square pan and spread the mixture evenly. Chill until firm and cut into bite-size pieces.  

Recipe Notes

I found this in our old family recipe cookbook so I had to share it! I remember my grandmother's fudge was fabulous!

Erma’s Coconut Mound Bars

Erma's Coconut Mound Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 


Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large package of shredded/grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans I use almonds
  • To make the crust mix the following together:
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups graham crackers crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Place the combined crust ingredients in the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Pour the coconut mixture over the crust and return the pan to the oven. Bake another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  2. Frosting:
  3. 6-ounce pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  4. 6-ounce pkg. butterscotch chips
  5. Melt together over hot water and spread over the baked mixture above. Let cool before cutting.
Recipe Notes

These bars were the talk of the neighborhood when I was growing up. Everyone wanted my mom Erma, to make these at Christmas time. They taste very similar to a Mounds candy bar.

PRINTABLE recipe: Recipes by Food Storage Moms

Do you like to make candy for the holidays? I would love to hear what kind of candy you make with your family!

 

10 thoughts on “How To Make The Best Candy For The Holidays

  • November 9, 2015 at 7:38 am
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    Yummy! Nothing better than chocolate treats!

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    • November 9, 2015 at 8:03 am
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      Hi Carol, I love anything chocolate! Yay for a reason to bring out the butter and chocolate! Linda

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  • November 9, 2015 at 7:59 am
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    Oh, Linda, my mouth is watering and I put on five pounds just reading this post! *LOL* All three of these sound wonderful. Guess what’s on my to do list, now? Thanks for sharing more great recipes.
    Hugs, Mare

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    • November 9, 2015 at 8:02 am
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      Hi Mare, let me know what candy you are going to make, I love hearing!!! Hugs, Linda

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  • November 9, 2015 at 9:42 am
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    Hi, Linda – Although I agree that the holidays aren’t complete without chocolate, through some strange paradox I’ve somehow fallen into the tradition of making Peanut Butter fudge which has no chocolate at all in it. I make several batches throughout the entire holiday season, and of course have to taste each batch to check the quality 🙂 It’s so creamy, smooth and rich.
    I look forward to trying the Coconut bars, but could you explain, from the fudge recipe, how much is a “cube of butter” in Tablespoons or cups? Thanks!

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    • November 9, 2015 at 4:22 pm
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      Hi Hannah, oh my peanut butter fudge sounds fabulous! Thank you for pointing that out to me about the cube of butter. One cube of butter is a 1/2 cup of butter or eight tablespoons of butter. I am going to go add that to my post right now! Thank you! Linda

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  • November 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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    can you please define “1 cube of butter”. I do want to make the fudge!

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    • November 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm
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      Hi Lynda, thanks so much for asking about the one cube of butter. One cube of butter is a 1/2 cup of butter or eight tablespoons of butter. I am going to go add that to my post right now! Thank you! Linda

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  • November 18, 2015 at 11:16 am
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    You made my DAY by calling the chocolate sprinkles SHOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am the only one (and my siblings) who have ever met who call them chocolate shots!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I live in MA where everyone calls the choc ones “Jimmies”, and the gross pastel colored kind “sprinkles”. Chocolate SHOTS :))

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    • November 18, 2015 at 11:51 am
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      Hi Kate, your comment makes me laugh! I have always called it chocolate shot and when I moved to Utah people called it sprinkles! LOL! I have never heard of Jimmies!!! You made my day! Linda

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