Best Homemade Candies to Make This Holiday Season

If you want to truly spoil your family and friends this holiday season, a great idea for homemade presents is a beautifully wrapped package of candy, made from scratch. Cooking candies may seem daunting for even the most experienced home chefs, but many delicious candies are actually a lot easier than they seem. A candy thermometer is crucial to make most of these treats, but beyond that, the ingredients are usually things that you would already have in your cupboards.

Here are some of the best homemade candies to make this holiday season.

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Nut Brittle

A nut brittle is basically a hard caramel that has nuts suspended throughout. If you’d like to make your own, you can choose from any nut or seed out there, and flavor it with additional spices to bring out the rich taste of the star ingredient. Peanut brittle is the most common, but you can get creative and try it with cashews, sesame seeds, almonds — really, anything that can be folded into the caramel. The key is to roast your nuts first, either on the stovetop or in the oven, until they’re browned and deeply fragrant.

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