Do you have memories of spending time with grandma making sweet treats? These old fashioned candy recipes will take you right back to those days!
The holidays are a popular time for homemade candy recipes but, truth be told, I enjoy making it all year round!
Of course, you can just go to your favorite grocery store and buy candy treats but why not try making some easy homemade candy recipes instead? They make great gift ideas and you will know exactly what is in them!
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Ideas of old fashioned candy
What does the term “old fashioned candy” actually mean? To me, the term refers to candy that reminds you of earlier days when life was simple and more things were made at home, instead of purchased at the store.
Think back to the days when mom gave you a nickle to head down to the candy store. Many of the offerings in the glass cases that we drooled over are what I think of as old fashioned candy.
- Peanut brittle
- Chocolate covered anything
- Ribbon candy (a personal favorite)
All of these sweet treats can be made at home. It’s a great way to get kids interested in cooking, as well!
If you love to display candy in special jars, check out my Patriotic 4th of July candy jar project. You’ll be able to serve some of these candy recipes for Independence Day in a special way.
Tips for Making Homemade Candy
It’s not enough to have a yen for some homemade butter brickle. Making candy is an art. These tips will go a long way towards success in your candy making endeavor.
- Invest in a candy thermometer. Some candy is fast and easy to make, but many recipes require specific temperatures for the sugar. The only way to know for sure that the temperature is correct is to use a special tool for testing it.
- Check the local weather. Believe it or not, this can matter when it comes to making candy. Clear dry days are the best when it comes to candy-making.
- Test your thermometer each time you make candy. Just insert the thermometer into a pot or boiling water. It should say 212 degrees F.
- Make sure you have all the ingredients. It is no good to get to the end of the recipe only to discover that the corn syrup you “know you had” has gone hard in the bottle.
- If you like to make truffles or rum balls, get a candy dipping set. It makes the process so much easier!
- Clean the thermometer after using it so it will be ready to use next time.
- Take special care when handling very hot melted sugar, especially around kids.
- Measure out your ingredients before you start. Even though it takes a long time to reach 200 degrees, the temperature will rise quickly after that. Have everything ready to go.
- Use deep pots that won’t boil over when the sugar cooks. Double boilers are useful for melting chocolate.
- Wooden spoons are safer and won’t transfer the heat like metal ones will.
- If making fudge is your thing, be sure to also check out my post for the tips for making perfect fudge.
Treat yourself to one of these Old Fashioned Candy Recipes
If you have a sweet tooth for candy pops, fudge or toffee recipes, one of these easy candy recipes is sure to hit the spot! Which is your favorite from my idea of best candy recipes?
Butterfinger Truffles - Chocolate Bites with Butterfinger Candy
These Butterfinger truffles will be gone in a flash. The delicious chocolate bites are made with Butterfinger candy for a crunchy sweet treat that is sure to be a family favorite. If you are looking for easy candy to make, start with this recipe.
English Toffee: Classic Holiday Candy
English Toffee is a classic holiday candy: buttery candy poured over almonds, topped with milk chocolate and walnuts. Make it in a brownie bite pan to get the cutest toffee bites – perfect for gifting!
Unholy Heat and Rice Krispie Pops
Rice Krispie treats are the epitome of nostalgic baking. We've been making them for years. For this recipe, they get turned into some fun pops!
Nutella And Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Fudge
This fudge is 4 layers of confection. A top and bottom layer of Nutella based fudge, filled with a layer of homemade sea salt caramel and a layer of marshmallow creme fudgy goodness.
Grandma Utahna Felix's English Toffee
This is a take on one of my favorite candy bars - homemade style – a Heath chocolate bar. Get Grandma Utahna’s English Toffee recipe and savor the sweet taste.
Cake Batter & Sprinkles Fudge
This cake batter fudge is always a hit with it’s great rich cake batter flavor and the fun pops of color from the sprinkles! It reminds me of birthday parties gone past.
Home Made Almond Joy Candy Recipe
Some times you feel like a nut…sometimes you don’t! Quick candy recipes like this homemade almond joy candy are perfect for busy moms and so much run to eat.
Remember the day of the Girl Scouts coming door to door selling their cookies? Get the taste of Samoa cookies with these Samoa Truffles
Homemade Butterfingers - only 3 ingredients!! Candy corn, peanut butter and chocolate. You will be blown away with these homemade candies! They taste just like the real thing!!
Homemade Honeycomb Candy
This honeycomb is crazy crunchy and melts in your mouth. It’s sweet like candy but the bittersweet chocolate and salt helps tone down the madness.
Homemade Snicker Bars
Just like mom's homemade snicker bars. I haven’t bought a Snicker bar… well pretty much ever. And this recipe is the reason why…
Chocolate Peppermint Bites
Another recipe reminiscent of Girl Scout Cookies. This time Thin Mint Style. Rounds of peppermint dipped in dark chocolate. What is not to like about this quick and easy candy recipe?
Candy Corn Cookie Bark
Just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving! this candy corn cookie bark is super easy (and forgiving). Best of all, it's no bake!
Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark...aka Heaven
Cover the crunch of salty pretzels in brown sugar, butter and chocolate and you have a homemade old fashioned candy that will be a hit.
Chocolate Rum Balls
Always a hit with friends and family, these easy to make rum balls will get the party started.
4 Ingredient Chocolate Coconut No Bake Balls (Paleo, Vegan, Keto)
Take a bite and relax knowing that this old fashioned candy recipe has been revamped to make it paleo, vegan and keto.
Microwave Peanut Brittle – Homemade Nut Brittle for the Holidays
What could be more old fashioned than peanut brittle? Let's bring it into the modern world with a recipe that can be made in the microwave.
Old Fashioned Potato Candy
It may be at the bottom of my candy round up, but it's at the top of my favorite tastes list. This old fashion potato candy is sweet and peanut buttery and it reminds me of home!
Homemade Gummy Candy--an easy and super healthy treat!
This healthy gummy candy is easy to make and much better for you than the store bought gummies. Full of good nutrition, plus they're gluten and sugar free! One of my grown daughter's favorite treats when she was little!
Traditional Chewy Butterscotch Candy
Based on a recipe from 1848, this recipe for authentic butterscotch candy contains only 4 ingredients, is well-balanced and chewy, and is easy to make with an accurate candy thermometer.
Creamy Old Fashioned Caramel Candies
CREAMY OLD FASHIONED CARAMEL CANDIES, THE BEST CREAMIEST FIVE INGREDIENT CARAMEL CANDY. PERFECT PLAIN OR DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE.