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Homemade candy recipes

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Delicious recipes for homemade treats and candy

I remember the first time I walked into a real candy store. Of course I'd been in the candy sections of the grocery store and gas station, but never before had I been to a place whose sole purpose was to supply the public with sweet treats. They made chocolates, pralines and caramels right there in front of me. Luckily, with homemade candy recipes, I can attempt to recreate the deliciousness of my favorite candy stores.

In my opinion, diamonds are not a girls only best friend. Chocolate has seen myself, and many of my girlfriends through break ups and bad hair days. Chocolate is a staple in almost every modern American woman's life, so keeping homemade candy recipes for chocolate handy seems like the perfect way to make sure your next cocoa fix isn't too far away.

Homemade candy recipes won't just allow you to satisfy your sweet tooth, they'll allow you to give unique and heartfelt gifts. Whether you're on the hunt for Christmas gifts or searching for the perfect housewarming gift, homemade candies will impress and satisfy your loved ones. From fruity lollipops to buttery caramels, you can find a large number of easy-to-follow homemade candy recipes online and in cookbooks. If you're interested in turning your kitchen into a sweet shop, but aren't sure where to start, you can try these super easy homemade candy recipes to get your at-home candy shop started!

"No Stove" Super Easy Fudge

1 package of semi-sweet chocolate (12 oz of chocolate chips)
1 can of sweetened condensed milk

Place chocolate chips in milk in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, stir, then microwave again. Repeat until chocolate has completely melted and your mixture is smooth. Pour into a buttered or greased pan and let cool. Cut into squares and serve.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

1 cup of salted peanuts (chopped)
2 cups of milk chocolate (chopped or chips)
2 cups of peanut butter chips

Melt 1 3/4 cups of the milk chocolate and all of the peanut butter chips in a large sauce pan over low heat. Stir frequently until smooth. Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper. Remove the chocolate peanut butter mixture and stir in remaining chocolate. Stir in peanuts, then spread mixture on cookie sheet and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Break into pieces and serve.

As you can see, it doesn't take a master candy maker to turn out delicious, chocolatey treats. Once you've mastered these two simple recipes, you can search for more recipes that will allow you to make jellies, truffles, pralines and more!

If you're making candy to give as gifts, take a few pieces of bark or fudge and wrap in colored plastic wrap. Tie the wrap with a colorful bow or ribbon that reflects the season. These, and many more homemade candy recipes make unique, gourmet favors for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas soirees.

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