Christmas Candy Recipes
Imaginative & Fun For All Ages


These clever Christmas candy recipes can help you make your holiday gatherings even more fun and memorable, especially for your kids or grandkids.

They are both cute and creative, especially this first one for making lumps of coal candy.

My dad used to tell us when we were kids, that if we weren't good, Santa was going to bring us a lump of coal for our stockings.

Every year, we always found a single lump of coal waiting in the toe of our stocking, no matter how good we were. 😌

Well, I've found an adorable coal candy recipe that makes a delicious sweet treat that will give your kids a chuckle whether they're naughty or nice.

Lump of Coal Candy Recipe

Ingredients needed to make this lump of coal candy:

Directions for making:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. black paste food color
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. anise extract
  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, extending edges over the edges. Lightly grease foil with butter or baking spray.  If you have one, a silicone pan or mat would be even better.

  2. Combine corn syrup, sugar, and water in a heavy, saucepan (non stick is best). Stir over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 290 degrees F.

  3. Immediately remove from heat and stir in the anise extract and black food coloring. Pour mixture into your prepared pan/mat and allow the candy to cool completely.

  4. When candy is cool, lift it out of the pan using the foil. To break the candy into "pieces of coal," place it between two layers of heavy duty foil and take a hammer or mallet to it.

Want to make this Christmas candy recipe even more fun?

I heard you have been naughty not nice,
And Santa even checked his list twice.
So all the way from the cold North Pole
all you're getting is a bag of coal.

Fill a plastic baggie with a few pieces of coal and attach this cute little poem printed on a bit of card stock or paper...

...Now, how adorable is that?! Want some more chocolate candy recipes? Don't stop reading now!

White Chocolate Snowball Candy Recipe


Who doesn't like a good snowball fight? I have a feeling everyone will be reluctant to toss these snowballs away once they get their hands on them!

Know what they really are? White chocolate peanut butter balls! Yum! The salty and sweet combo makes them extra special.

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)
  • 1 (16-ounce) package powdered (icing/confectioner's) sugar
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips or pieces
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Throwing these snowballs together:

  1. You'll need two baking trays. Line 1 with foil and one with waxed paper (or use silicone mats if prefered).

  2. Combine peanut butter and butter in a large bowl until well blended. Blend in the sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until smooth.

  3. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls and place them on the foil lined sheet. (You can dampen your hands to make it easier if the dough seems too dry). Let them set until firm (30 minutes or so).

  4. Melt the white chocolate and shortening using a double boiler over simmering (NOT boiling water). Be careful not to get any moisture in the chocolate or it will seize.

    If you prefer, you can also use the microwave for melting. Just stir every 30 seconds so you don't overheat.

  5. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate. You can use a toothpick to make it easier if you don't have a dipping fork. You can even spoon the chocolate over the balls to coat them, if needed.

    Place each dipped snowball on the wax paper lined tray. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes about 4 dozen snowballs.

So, what do you think? Do you like those Christmas candy recipes? There are plenty more recipes on our chocolate Christmas candy page for you to choose from, so enjoy and Merry Christmas!


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Do you have any tried and true homemade Christmas recipes? I'd love to give them a try! From one sweet tooth to another, "Hand 'em over!"

Maybe you'd just like to tell us about an amazingly delicious treat you tasted and never forgot, or a clever gift idea or Christmas activity. I'm all ears. Do tell...

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