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16 Last-Minute Candy Barks You Can Make for Christmas

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for friends and family? Forget the cookies and go for the candy bark!

Easy and quick to make, these candy bark recipes make a great gift for anyone on your list. Use the recipes below or mix and match your favorite holiday flavors to create your own unique creations!

16 Last-Minute Candy Barks You Can Make for Christmas

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  1. Rocky Road Chocolate Bark
  2. Candied Orange Peel Bark
  3. Chocolate Cherry Bark
  4. Candied Bacon Bark
  5. Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark
  6. Swirled Peppermint Bark
  7. Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  8. Snowman Bark
  9. Oreo Cookie Bark
  10. Pomegranate Bark
  11. Gingerbread Bark
  12. Pretzel Bark Bites
  13. Quick and Easy Holiday Bark
  14. Cherry Cashew Bark
  15. Super Nutty Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  16. Salted Caramel Chocolate Bark

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12 Days of Christmas Candy

I love making cookies for the holidays, but it’s a ton of work to have your oven on all day every day and batches of cookies all over your house. My fridge is packed with so much butter and eggs that I don’t even have room for ACTUAL food to live on 😉

I’ve been trying to cut back on the cookies in recent years, so I like to off-set and fill in my cookie baskets with some homemade candies. Candies often take less than an hour to make and often require 0 baking time. They’re great for bringing into the office, as one batch usually makes a ton of servings…and they’re great for gifting, as they can stay out at room temperature and be packaged without the fear of ruining any decorations.

If you’re looking for some quick and easy treats to make this holiday season, look no further than these 12 holiday candy recipes. From peanut buttery buckeyes to candy-coated popcorn, these sweets are sure to get your friends and family in the holiday spirit!

12 Days of Christmas Candy

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  1. Homemade Gum Drops
  2. Salted Nut Roll
  3. Marshmallow Bon-Bons
  4. Buckeye Balls
  5. White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge
  6. Homemade Peanut Brittle
  7. Chocolate Orange Party Mix
  8. Vegan Candy Pecans
  9. Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn Crunch
  10. Easy Homemade Almond Joy Bars
  11. Turtle Pretzel Clusters
  12. Chocolate Peanut Candy Bars

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14 Seriously Amazing Truffle Recipes

A few weeks ago I was just browsing the Internet at 1:00 am…as ya do…and I came across this:

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PEANUT. BUTTERSCOTCH. NUTELLA. BROWNIE BOMBS.

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I squee’ed a little bit, not gonna lie.

What resulted was a deep nose-dive into truffle recipes and I’m not sorry…not at all. I stayed up way too late planning and thinking about my holiday cookie tray and wondering what cookies I could “retire”, as it were, to make room for these amazing truffles.

Since I know a lot of you also bake and decorate for your families and for the holidays, here lies the result of my late-night conquest…14 seriously amazing truffle recipes that you’re going to want to pin, save, blog, tweet, post or print if you’re old-fashioned like me! 😉

14 Seriously Amazing Truffle Recipes

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Peanut, Butterscotch, Nutella Brownie Bombs

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Raspberry, Coconut and Chocolate Truffles

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Raspberry, White Chocolate and Pistachio Truffles

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Peppermint Truffles

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Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

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Raw Carrot Coconut Truffles

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Sugar Cookie Truffles

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Carrot Cake Truffles

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Chocolate Mint Truffles

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Caramel Stuffed White Chocolate Truffles

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Bourbon White Chocolate Truffles

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White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

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Cheesecake Truffles

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Easy Lemon Truffles

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Rice Crispy Treat Easter Pops

Last week I did a post on Easter Candy You Can Make Yourself, but if you’re still looking for a little something sweet to liven up your Easter baskets this year, try these super cute Rice Crispy Easter pops!

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This recipe is super simple and you can even let the kids help out with making these tasty pops!  I decided to leave mine un-decorated, but you can easily add sprinkles, icing, or melted chocolate to these pops for some added flavor and texture.

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This is a very easy and quick recipe, and these little pops would look super cute in an Easter basket or centerpiece arrangement.

Rice Crispy Treat Easter Pops

Ingredients:

  • Rice Crispy cereal (6 cups needed)
  • Mini marshmallows (10 oz. bag)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon good vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, melt butter over low to medium heat.  Add marshmallows.  Continue mixing until marshmallows have completely melted, about 3 minutes.  At this point, you can add the vanilla if you’d like.  It’s totally optional, but if you use a good quality vanilla, it adds a great “bakery taste” to your treats.
  2. Once your marshmallows have melted, take the mixture off the heat.  Add the cereal and stir until completely combined.
  3. Dump onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Spread out evenly as best you can.  If the mixture starts to set and stick, take another piece of parchment paper, spray it with non-stick spray, and press the paper, sprayed side down, onto the treats to even and spread them out.
  4. Let set completely, about 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Remove the treats from the pan.  Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out your Rice Crispy shapes.  Transfer to plate or another sheet of parchment paper.  If you want to decorate your treats, go for it!  Otherwise you can insert a cake pop stick into the bottom of the treat or use melted chocolate to attach a stick to the back of the treat.  Wrap them in little treat bags and you’re good to go!
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7 Popular Easter Candies You Can Make Yourself

I think we can all agree that Easter candy FAR surpasses Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween candy…ami right??  The colors are prettier, the flavors are better (coconut EVERYTHING for the win!!), and Peeps…just Peeps.

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Yes, I’m probably one of a handful of people that actually loves Peeps, but I also love anything chocolate and coconut, anything peanut butter and chocolate, and those ooey gooey Cadbury Crème Eggs…STAAAHP.

Needless to say, I’m a sucker for Easter candy…and thanks to the creative minds on the Internet, it’s now easier than ever to create your own Easter candy any time of year!  From delicious handmade Reese’s Eggs to yes, even handmade Peeps and jelly beans, these 7 Easter Candies You Can Make Yourself are sure to add a sweet touch to anyone’s Easter basket!

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Homemade Marshmallow Eggs
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Homemade Cadbury Eggs
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Homemade Candy Dots
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Pastel Mint Patties
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Homemade Peeps
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Homemade Jelly Beans
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Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
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9 Edible Treats for Gift Giving

Though December is dominated by cookies of all varieties, not everyone is aboard the cookie train (I know, hard to believe!).  Some folks prefer homemade candies, while others love the combination of salty/sweet snacks.  For those who are looking for a little something different, here are 9 Edible Treats for Gift Giving that AREN’T Cookies!

Great for hostess gifts or for giving out along with your cookie plate, these edible candies and treats are an easy and cost-friendly alternative to baking batches and batches of cookies.  I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a die-hard cookie fan and every year my kitchen turns into a butter paradise in December…but I always try to include a little homemade candy arrangement as well.  It’s something different in terms of taste and texture and it’s a quick project to work on while my cookies bake away in the oven.

So if you’re looking for an easy candy recipe or something simple and quick to bring to your work cookie exchange, look no further than these 9 Sweet Treats that are Great for Gift Giving!

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Christmas Muddy Buddies
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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
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Homemade Turtle Clusters
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Homemade Peanut Brittle
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Vanilla Cinnamon Candied Almonds
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White Chocolate Tag-a-Lings
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Reindeer Rice Krispies
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Easy Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites
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Cinnamon Chocolate Truffles

I wouldn’t say that I’m a chocolate fanatic, but occasionally the mood will strike and I’ll pretty much do anything for a piece of dark chocolate with caramel or peanut butter or espresso beans…

The last time I got the craving for some chocolate yumminess, I came upon a bag of Hershey’s Cinammon Chocolate Chips. Um…sold.

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To go along with my cinnamon theme, I decided to pick up a box of cinnamon graham crackers and a bag of white chocolate chips (since they were on sale).

When I got home, I had no idea what do to with my cinnamon chocolate…other than open the bag and dive in as I watched a marathon of Parks and Recreation or Modern Family. I looked to see what I had on hand already and I found some whipping cream, which is great for making ganache…and frosting…and TRUFFLES. Then the magic happened.

I had no recipe, no idea what I was doing…I had never even made truffles before…but I just had a feeling deep down in my soul that this was the right thing to do.

Needless to say, these truffles are AMAZING. The cinnamon and chocolate go SO well together, and the white chocolate helps cut a bit of the cinnamon so it’s not an overload. These are wonderful to make as Christmas gifts and would be delicious with vanilla ice cream.

If you’d rather not use cinnamon chocolate, that’s totally fine. You can substitute it with any chocolate of your choice (except white chocolate, which is not really chocolate so it won’t turn into a ganache like chocolate with real cocoa in it).

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Cinnamon Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag chocolate chips of your choice (anything but white chocolate should be fine)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 package crushed graham cracker crumbs (you know how when you buy a box of graham crackers they come in 3 mini packs? You only need one of those mini packs for this recipe)

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Directions:

  1. In a double boiler, combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Stir until smooth. Transfer to a clean bowl and refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours (it will become the consistency of frosting).
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  2. In the mean time, place your graham crackers in a food processor and blend until you’ve made crumbs. Place in a bowl.
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  3. When you’re ready to make your truffles, take the chocolate out of the fridge and let it sit for a minute or two.
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  4. Spoon small scoops of chocolate into the graham cracker crumbs and form them into balls. Making balls with your hands will melt the chocolate, so dropping them into the crumbs and then forming them into balls gives them a protective coating and makes them easier to form (as well as keeping your hands much cleaner).
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  5. As you finish a ball, place it on a foil lined baking sheet. Repeat until you’ve used up all the chocolate. You’ll have lots of graham cracker crumbs left over, which is good. Keep them, you’ll need them later on.
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  6. Refrigerate your chocolate balls again for about 1 hour to firm up.
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  7. About 5 minutes before you’re ready to move on to the next step, combine the white chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a bowl and melt in the microwave (stir after 1 minute, and then in 30 second intervals until chocolate is smooth). If your chocolate is still too thick, add another tablespoon of oil and microwave for 10 seconds. Mix to combine.
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  8. Let your white chocolate cool for a minute or two.
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  9. As is the case with most candy recipes, it’s great to have an assembly line set up. Have your cold chocolates ready, followed by your bowl of white chocolate and your bowl of graham cracker crumbs. I used a fork to transfer my chocolate truffles from the white chocolate to the crumbs so any excess white chocolate is able to drip off.
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  10. When you’re ready, drop a chocolate ball in the white chocolate and then transfer it to the crumbs. Cover it completely with the crumbs and let it sit for 10 seconds so the white chocolate can set. Then transfer it to a clean baking sheet. Repeat for all your truffles.
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  11. Refrigerate them once more for at least 30 minutes.
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  12. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator…if you even have leftovers to store!
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