Candy: The 12 Days of Holiday Food Gifts


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Growing up, I was never excited by Halloween candy. I always preferred salty nuts or a cup of hot chocolate to the overly-sweet loot my friends and siblings would bring home. Christmas candy, however, is another story. Nutty chocolate brittle with just a hint of salt and sweet, sticky caramels to suck for hours on end–these are sweets I can get behind!

Aside from satisfying your sweet-tooth cravings that seem to last from Mid-November through late February, homemade candy makes the perfect hostess gift for holiday parties and is sure to please even the pickiest of gift-ees. Check out our selection of the season’s sweetest treats, and come back tomorrow for our last holiday food gift round-up – cocktail recipes to share.

For more holiday food gifts, check out our other guides, from snacks to sweet baked gifts to sugar & spice!

Salted Pepita Caramels: As if the perfect union of sweet and salty weren’t enough, these gorgeous candies also call for honey and lemon. {from Love, Cake}

All Natural Candy Bars: Stock up on these roasted peanut, caramel, and dark chocolate treats and never stare longingly at the candy aisle again. {from Eat Happy Eat Healthy}

Vanilla Honey Candied Ginger: With notes of vanilla and coconut, these cozy chews will be your go-to holiday candy. {from The Healthy Foodie}

Salted Popcorn Peanut Butter Fudge: Rich and decadent, but made with maple syrup and coconut oil. So it’s basically good for you! {from Papillon}

Homemade Saltwater Taffy: Prepare to get sticky for candy’s sake as you explore the art of pulling taffy. {from Love and Olive Oil}

Candied Clementines: A wintery treat to add a touch of sweet citrus to cocktails, cakes, and more! {from Eat Boutique}

Eat Boutique Holiday Market: For more homemade candy (just not made by you), visit us!


MAKER GIFT COLLECTION: These caramels…the perfect gift for candy lovers that delight in unique flavors. Gift the Shotwell Caramels Collection today!



Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique​–​a food​-​retail concept space ​with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.

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