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How to make your own Christmas candy

Christmas is the perfect time to indulge your sweet tooth, as family and friends gather to celebrate the holiday.

Christmas treats are great for adding some colourful decorations to the table, and they’re a perfect stocking stuffer solution as well!

Why not try making a few of your own this year to add to your Christmas festivities? Here are some easy ideas for classic homemade Christmas candy.

Holiday Cake Pops

With all the deliciousness of a cake styled into the shape of a lollipop, cake pops are a sweet treat at any time of the year.

Give them a Christmas tweak with drizzled caramel or crushed almonds and peppermints, or finish off with a chocolate-covered cherry for a sweet splash of colour.

Try this delicious Red Velvet Cake Pop recipe!

Dark Chocolate Candy Bark

These are easy to make and don’t require any baking at all! Simply combine dark chocolate with peanuts, chocolate candy bars and shortening, then stick them in the fridge to chill before cutting into squares.

Wrap them up with some ribbon and put it into your Christmas stockings.

Try using white chocolate as well for a bit of variety – here’s an easy recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

Caramel Popcorn

A good oven is key for making these crunchy Christmas treats. Caramel popcorn balls can also double up as Christmas tree decorations, so get the kids involved for a fun holiday activity.

Make it as sweet and chewy as you like with this simple recipe from allrecipes.com.

Candy Cane Marshmallows

These require a bit more effort, but the colourful marbled swirls make for some beautiful stocking stuffers! When it comes to winter, these are also a great idea to go along with hot chocolate.

Red is a nice Christmas-appropriate option, but you can use any type of food colouring to make the swirl. Add some peppermint extract to give it that extra touch – Martha Stewart’s recipe is here.

Lastly, don’t forget about the cleanup afterwards! A good dishwasher is handy for getting your dishes done while you get back to the celebrations.

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