Make Your Own: Candy

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There’s a reason why they put all that deliciously sweet candy up by the cash registers in nearly every store: if you had to find it at the back of the place, you’d likely decide against it before you got up front to pay. But you’re an adult, and once a child sets their sights on a candy bar, there’s no turning back. Instead of worrying about all of the sketchy ingredients, extra calories, additives, and possible allergens in popular packaged sweets, here are a few recipes to Make Your Own Candy right at home.

Homemade Twix Candy Bar Recipe

Twix bars are the best because they come in a delightful little pair. With this recipe, you can create that crispy crunchy cookie, smooth creamy chocolate and a sweet caramel taste in your kitchen. Using homemade or store bought shortbread changes up the difficulty of the process. (Link)

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter allergies aside, it’s hard to believe anyone could deny anything that combines peanut butter and chocolate. This recipe allows you to be the creator of the most delicious–and certainly the most classic–combination of the two.  (Link)

Homemade Gummi Bears

Okay, so they aren’t really bears, but gummy stars sound just as cool. Although not being able to bite off their heads can be sort of a bummer. If you can find tiny bear molds, this freezer-ready recipe will translate to any little shape. (Link)

DIY Lollipop

There doesn’t seem to be much to making a basic lollipop, which leaves the options of using natural sweeteners and dyes. This recipe suggests things that sound way more than delicious than licking plain old sugar, including tea, honey, fruit, and herbs. (Link)

Homemade Butterfingers

If they say nobody better lay a finger on the store bought version, you better be keeping your hands off a homemade one. Re-creating a Butterfinger at home could be as simple as using just three ingredients! One of them is candy corn, which you can also learn to whip up at home if you keep reading. (Link)

Homemade Candy Corn

Is it October yet? A recipe detailing how to make everyone’s favorite tri-colored treat yields large, plump candy kernels infused with that sweet vanilla flavor.   (Link)

Homemade Kit Kat Bars

Twix are special because they come in pairs, but Kit Kat bars do one better…literally! Although this concoction doesn’t attempt to exactly duplicate the candy bar, it has the same chocolatey crunch that makes the candy bar trio so good. (Link)

Homemade Candy Buttons

Even for a nostalgic candy treat you can skip the store-bought sheets and make your own candy buttons. Using edible rice paper, confection sugar, and freezer bags, these sweet sugary dots will be ready for picking off in no time. (Link)

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

Because peeps really only make an appearance once a year, they have become a true Easter favorite. The sugary marshmallow bunnies are made using corn syrups, gelatin and molds. We bet they are even better (and cuter) than the real thing. (Link)

Homemade Snickers Bars

The combination of nougat, caramel, and roasted peanuts can only result in one thing: a delicious Snickers bar. Or, in the case of this homemade version, a delectable Snacker Bars. (Link)

Homemade Peppermint Patties and Junior Mints

Chocolate can only be referred to as cool and refreshing when it comes in the form of a dark chocolate enrobed peppermint pattie. To control the ingredients and save money, follow this recipe, which also includes options for a vegan version.  (Link)

Homemade Mints

Mint people spend a lot of money on keeping their mint stash properly stocked. Save a little cash and have a reason to reuse those cute tins by trying your hand at mint making. Using a dram of your preferred flavoring, some gum paste, and a little powdered sugar, you can create your own curiously strong breath fresheners. (Link)

22 COMMENTS

  1. you know nada about retail. the primary reason candy is put by the registers is so it doesn’t get shop-lifted out of exixtence.

  2. These recipes are amaze balls! Wow you have been busy! Homemade is always better too 🙂

  3. …. Candy is put at the front of the store because it is sold at a big markup, but is cheap and usually a total impulse buy. Especially for people shopping with children who buy candy just to keep the kid quiet.

  4. Elizabeth you are very very wrong. Candy is not put up front so that it doesn’t get shop lifted. Almost every single grocery store has an aisle filled with candy as well as candy up front. You clearly no nothing about business and marketing. Having a few candy bars shop lifted is expected and stores don’t really care for the most part. As a store owner I wouldn’t really be concerned about a few $1.00 candy bars being stolen considering I paid far less than the $1.00 I charge you for it. There are many other small items worth far more money than a candy bar that I would be far more concerned about losing. That’s why security cameras are placed around stores. On another note, relying on the clerk ringing up groceries to keep track of the candy up front is laughable. They are probably the most likely person to steal it.

  5. Its a marketing ploy. Majority of consumers do not go LOOKING for candy in a store unless its Halloween. Putting it near the cash registers opts for impulse purchases.

  6. You guys or ladies who ever made this website needs to tell the people how to make candy

  7. Okay…if you’re all going to fight about it, let me help. Candy is sold in both the ‘back’ and front of the stores. It’s sold in front because (as most people said) it’s an impulse buy. Or for people who have children that buy them a candy bar just to keep them quite. It’s the same reason they slap the magazines at the registers. It’s for when people are waiting in line…they get curious or impulsive…and they buy. There isn’t anything to fight about, so stop. Human instinct. Great marketing strategy. Plus candy is awesome so we WANT to buy it. So shut your faces and go buy a candy bar from the candy isle for a change, it’s getting lonely.

  8. Dan, you are very, very wrong. It was Charley, not Elizabeth who said candy was put up front so it doesn’t get shop-lifted.

  9. I work at a grocery store and we put candy at my register and it is an impulse buy. Its also a worse deal than if you walked over to the candy isle. … Sorry charley but u r wrong

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