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How to Make Homemade Candy

Making candy is fun for kids of all ages! Follow these recipes for homemade fudge, hard candy, caramels and more.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade peanut butter cups are surprisingly easy to make, with just four ingredients and no special equipment. (You could even do this entire easy recipe using a microwave!)

Homemade Lollipops or Hard Candy Recipe

These brightly colored sweets are made with flavoring oil (available at health food stores) for a more intense flavor that, unlike extracts, is not alcohol-based.

Homemade Caramels Recipe

Chewy, gooey, and irresistible, these five-ingredient candies make great treats as birthday favors or Christmas food gifts.

Homemade Fudge Recipe

If you can boil water, you can make this rich fudge, which calls for three kinds of chocolate plus pecans and marshmallows.

Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

An electric stand mixer makes these homemade marshmallows easy to whip up and fun for the kids to help, with supervision. They cost less than the commercial ones, and the taste is unbeatable.

Homemade Gumdrops Recipe

These chewy goodies can be tailored to the holiday: For Christmas, use red and green food coloring and peppermint extract; for Easter, try yellow and orange coloring and lemon or orange extract. Get the kids to help you roll the finished drops in sugar.

Homemade Butterscotch Recipe

Buttery good, this recipe calls for rum extract to create its distinctive flavor. This homemade candy is rich and delicious, and inexpensive to make.

Reader's Digest
Originally Published in Reader's Digest