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6 Types of Tasty Homemade Candies to Make
Candy isn’t just for kids—everyone enjoys a sweet treat here and there—and making homemade candies can make them taste even better. No matter what flavor you prefer, there are many different types and textures of candy. They can make great gifts or are fun to make with your loved ones. We’ve put together a list of 6 types of tasty homemade candies that you can make and enjoy today.
Toffee or bark
If you love the crunchier varieties of candy, but also prefer chocolate and caramel flavors, toffee and bark are perfect for you. Toffee is traditionally made from butterscotch that has been caramelized until it hardens and cracks. Sometimes, toffee is dipped in chocolate and covered in nuts to add more flavor to the crunchy candy. Bark is similar, but it is made from tempered chocolate poured over peppermint, nuts, small candies, or pretzels. You can’t go wrong with either candy, as each provides a crunchy, sweet snack.
Caramels are especially popular around the holidays and are easily individually wrapped, making them the perfect gift. They are very different from toffee and bark, with a soft and chewy texture and a very rich and sweet taste. Sometimes homemade caramels are sprinkled with sea salt to create a contrast of flavors. Caramels are easy to make and a delicious, rich treat.
We didn’t forget about you sour-loving fans. Homemade gummies are a tart treat. The most common gummies are made from orange juice, cherry juice, or grape juice. Adding lemon or lime juice can enhance the flavor and adding gelatin or agar powder gives them that squishy property that we all love. If you buy a mold, you can even make gummy bears, hearts, or whatever shape you desire. This can be a fun option for children or as favors to parties you might find yourself hosting.
Peanut butter cups
Most everybody is familiar with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but did you know that you can make your own at home? Homemade peanut butter cups are easy, fast, and can be customized to your specific tastes. There are even several healthier alternatives to this candy, if you’re looking to satisfy your cravings and still maintain a diet. Made using cupcake wrappers and melting chocolate, these are a fan favorite.
A traditional favorite among chocolate lovers, fudge is thick and rich, and comes in so many flavors. Some popular varieties include marshmallow, nutty, peanut butter, and even cherry. Fudge resembles a pastry, but is quicker and easier to create for when you want a quick treat.
Another type of candy that provides healthier benefits is candied nuts. Whether you prefer almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts, candying these snacks make for a sweet and salty treat that most everyone will enjoy. Held together by caramelized sugar, praline is one form of candied nuts that are common in the U.S. Other recipes call for brown sugar, cinnamon, or even cayenne pepper. You’re sure to find the perfect combination for you.
Indulge your sweet tooth
You don’t have to be a fantastic baker and spend all day in the kitchen to create a dessert to enjoy. Homemade candies are unique, delicious, and easy to prepare for you or your loved ones. No matter what taste you prefer, there are so many varieties to choose from for any occasion.
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