It's Easier than You Think to Create Your Own Candy ...

Do you know what's better than candy? Making your own candy. There's no saying you need to wait for a holiday, either. Instead of stocking up on bags of your favorites, think about trying your hand at candy-making. It's not nearly as hard as you think, you know exactly what's going into your sweet treats, plus you wind up with candy. Win/win, yes?

1. Peanut Butter Cups

Recipe: lastingredient.com

My grandma makes peanut butter cups and assorted other candies for the whole family at Christmas, so I can say with some certainty that homemade peanut butter cups are far superior to store-bought cups.

2. Homemade Lollipops

Recipe: justataste.com

These are so pretty, I don't know if I could make myself eat them!

3. Your Own Candy Corn

Recipe: shaunasever.com

If you make your candy corn yourself, maybe it will actually taste like something!

4. Twix Bars

Recipe: the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

I cannot get over how gooey and delicious that caramel looks.

5. Caramel Apple Pops

Recipe: lilyshop.com

I've never had DIY Caramel Apple pops, but I can only imagine that they taste like apples and heaven.

6. More Homemade Lollipops

Recipe: tealbirdconcepts.com

These lollipops would make gorgeous wedding favors!

7. Homemade Butterfingers with Just Three Ingredients

Recipe: kirbiecravings.com

Butterfingers! Three ingredients! You can probably make these right now!

8. Three Musketeers, DIY Edition

Recipe: blog.candiquik.com

I'm not even a huge fan, but the DIY version looks pretty tempting.

9. Make Your Own Mallo Cups

Recipe: howsweeteats.com

Sharing time: Mallo Cups are my favorites. I would do unspeakable things for a Mallo Cup. I am totally making these.

10. Sneaky Homemade Snickers

Recipe: roxanashomebaking.com

These aren't really sneaky, I was just going for alliteration. Still, they look yummy, right?

11. Homemade Cadbury Crème Eggs

Recipe: notwithoutsalt.com

Never again will you have to wait until Easter to fulfill your bottomless hunger for Cadbury Eggs!

12. White Chocolate and Nutella Truffles

Recipe: abeautifulmess.com

No, name brand candy isn't the only candy you can make easily. Nutella + truffles = foodgasm.

13. Gumdrops

Recipe: cookingandbeer.com

Gumdrops just make the world a little bit brighter.

14. Strawberry Leather

Recipe: ziziadventures.com

I have to admit, these look much tastier than Fruit by the Foot.

15. Ruby Red Grapefruit Gummies

Recipe: eathealthyeathappy.com

And these? These look too pretty and perfect to be real. I imagine it's also quite easy to substitute the fruit of your choice.

16. Homemade Black Licorice Twists

Recipe: saveur.com

Blech. But still, this is for all my black licorice lovers.

17. Chocolate-covered Cherry Cordials

Recipe: saveur.com

Nothing says "romantic" more than chocolate covered cherries, am I right?

So, are you going to take to the kitchen to fulfill your sweet tooth the homemade way?

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