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!



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