Make Your Own Halloween Candy! 12 Recipes for Classic Treats

Homemade Twix, candy corn, and Pixie Stix? Yes, and lots more! Check out these recipes for delicious DIY versions of your favorite Halloween candies

Candy Apples

Candy Apples

justataste.com

This simple candy coating from Just a Taste creates the perfect crunch around fresh, crisp apples. Serve these homemade candy apples in colorful wrappers to jazz up your Halloween party spread.

Get the recipe: Candy Apples

Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls

queenbeecoupons.com

This easy homemade popcorn-ball recipe from Queen Bee Coupons uses Jell-O; choose your favorite flavor or make a rainbow assortment. Store the popcorn balls in baggies or wrap them in cellophane until it’s Halloween party time.

Get the recipe: Popcorn Balls

Candy Corn

Candy Corn

ladywiththeredrocker.com

Make this store-bought Halloween classic at home with a recipe from Lady With the Red Rocker. The resulting, slightly imperfect triangles scream homemade in all the right ways.

Get the recipe: Candy Corn

Pixie Stix

Pixie Stix

loveandoliveoil.com

Make your own Halloween sugar sticks in fruity flavors with Love & Olive Oil’s brilliant recipe, which uses freeze-dried fruit -- blueberry, strawberry, mango, elderberry, and more -- ground up in a coffee grinder. You can also create exotic flavor combos by adding cocoa powder and vanilla beans.

Get the recipe: Pixie Sticks

Cotton Candy

No-Machine Cotton Candy

cooking-books.blogspot.com

Learn how to spin sugar and curl it around a stick from sugar expert Gesine Bullock-Prado in this excerpt from her book Sugarbaby (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2011), on the Cooking-Books site. The result is a modern, homemade version of cotton candy, no expensive machine required.

Get the recipe: No-Machine Cotton Candy

Caramels

Caramels

notjustahousewife.net

These yummy, creamy caramels from Not Just a Housewife make excellent gifts, even after Halloween. Bonus: You can also use the recipe to make homemade caramel popcorn.

Get the recipe: Caramels

Saltwater Taffy

Saltwater Taffy

painlesscooking.com

Everyone will want to grab a handful of these colorful taffies from Painless Cooking. Opening up the individual wax-paper wrappers just builds anticipation for that nostalgic, stick-to-your-teeth goodness.

Get the recipe: Saltwater Taffy 

Candy Buttons

Candy Buttons

sandytoesandpopsicles.com

What other Halloween candy is so much fun, you don’t even mind if you accidentally end up eating some of the paper too? This recipe for a homemade version of the old-fashioned candy buttons --courtesy of Sandy Toes & Popsicles -- even includes a printable template to help you line up your buttons straight.

Get the recipe: Candy Buttons

Mallow Cups

Mallow Cups

ipso-fatto.blogspot.com

The dense and springy marshmallow filling inside a hard chocolate shell makes these homemade sweets from Ipso Fatto super-addictive. Keep them in the fridge, so each bite yields that satisfying snap. Warning: Halloween trick-or-treaters just might come back for seconds.

Get the recipe: Mallow Cups

Twix

Twix

confectionistconfessions.com

Who needs a manufacturing plant? For Halloween this year, make your own homemade version of this ever-popular candy bar, thanks to this recipe from Confectionist Confessions. From the shortbread base to the caramel layer to the chocolate coating, these DIY Twix bars can be shared in pairs, just like the store-bought originals.

Get the recipe: Twix

Snickers

Snickers

whiskandaprayer.com

Indulge in the decadent combination of caramel, peanuts, nougat, peanut butter, and chocolate in this recipe for homemade Snickers-style candy bars from A Whisk and a Prayer. But keep in mind: Your friends and Halloween party guests may hate you for totally blowing their diet.

Get the recipe: Snickers

Rock Candy

Rock Candy

wearenotmartha.com

Part science experiment and part cooking adventure, this recipe for homemade sugar crystals is courtesy of We Are Not Martha. The resulting rock candy skewers require patience: It can take as long as a week for the crystals to form, so plan ahead for Halloween! But the gorgeous, vintage-looking candies are so worth it.

Get the recipe: Rock Candy 

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