Our Favorite Christmas Candy To Make This Holiday Season

Check out the best festive candies to buy or make yourself.

Christmas is such a wonderful time for desserts and sweets. From trifles to fruit cakes to pies, the Christmas dessert table is always loaded with goodies.

Christmas chocolate bark with peppermint

But Christmas candy is just as delicious and festive as baked goods and other desserts.

Christmas candy can be used in advent calendars, gifts, or even as decorations on the Christmas tree. Candy canes are a classic, but homemade candy makes a special Christmas gift and treat!

I love the range of flavors you can have with Christmas candy, like gingerbread, peppermint, toffee, and even citrus!

You might not be familiar with all the sensational Christmas candies you can find or make during Christmastime, so I made a list of my favorite ones.

Best Christmas Candy

Check out my list of the best Christmas candy to enjoy this holiday season!

Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint meringues are a refreshing and delicate Christmas candy that can brighten up any dessert table.

They look like peppermint Hershey’s kisses, adorable red and white dollops with a dainty swirl on top.

They’re relatively easy to make, as the most difficult part is whipping egg whites to a stiff peak.

Christmas Fudge

Who doesn’t love some gooey, decadent Christmas fudge?

You can make whatever fudge flavor you want, but Christmas fudge is traditionally chocolate with red, white, and green sprinkles on top.

The best fudge is dense and incredibly rich. This Christmas candy is a must-have on Christmas Eve!

Eggnog Truffles

Eggnog truffles aren’t the most well-known Christmas candy, but they have an intricate and familiar flavor that eggnog lovers will be obsessed with.

They are little balls about the shape of donut holes made with white chocolate, cream, cheese, rum extract, and other ingredients that create the cozy and delicious taste of eggnog.

Peanut Brittle

Peanut brittle isn’t the best Christmas candy for someone with sensitive teeth, but there is something so irresistible about the strong peanut aroma and crunchy texture.

It’s a peanut lover’s dream. Some versions have a more caramel-like flavor with a tacky texture, but any version of peanut brittle will deliver a sensational nutty taste.

Puppy Chow

Puppy chow is a simple Christmas candy that uses rice Chex, chocolate, and peanut butter.

These also go by the name Muddy Buddies, which you can find in many convenience and grocery stores!

But they’re also easy to make at home if you want to create a large batch to give as Christmas favors. I like to add in red and green sprinkles or M&Ms for the festive colors!

Sugar Cookie Truffles

Sugar cookies are an overlooked and underappreciated cookie, but maybe you’ll enjoy them more in truffle form.

I love popping a whole truffle into my mouth and getting a chewy and dense texture, and these sugar cookie truffles offer exactly that.

They’re like sugar cookie cake pops, with a moist inside and a coat of white chocolate on the outside.

Peppermint Bark

An iconic Christmas candy is peppermint bark.

While not everyone appreciates the combination of mint and chocolate, it’s undeniable that peppermint bark is one of the most popular Christmas candies.

The hard, thin layer of dark chocolate is topped with a layer of white chocolate with hunks or sprinkles of peppermint, usually candy canes! They’re refreshing and indulgent all at the same time.

Peppermint Patties

One of the best mint and chocolate Christmas candies is peppermint patties!

With soft dark chocolate outside and a delicate, creamy mint filling, it packs a strong punch of mint that cools you down right away.

You can buy these candies in-store, but I always think the homemade ones taste better!


Buckeyes are peanut butter fudge candy balls covered in chocolate.

It has a similar flavor to a peanut butter cup but with a hint of vanilla and a more toasty flavor, thanks to the brown sugar in many recipes.

These are super fun for kids since you can bite them right off the stick or pop them into your mouth and enjoy the tender peanut butter texture.

Candied Pecans

Candied pecans are the ideal Christmas candy for someone who doesn’t like overly-sweet treats.

They have a warm, nutty flavor with a decadent toasty coating of sugar.

Candied pecans often feature an array of delicious autumn spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, bringing those delightful fall flavors into the Christmas season.

Rum Balls

If you can’t get enough of those delicious holiday spirits, you’ll love these rum ball candies which have the distinct and bold taste of spiced rum.

With a nutty crunch from chopped pecans and a rich, tasty flavor from cocoa powder, these balls combine many superb flavors. And the bite-size balls are fun to pop in your mouth!

Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter cups are delicious no matter what the season, but they’re especially fun around the holidays.

Whether you keep it classic and buy Reese’s (I love the Christmas tree-shaped ones) or make your own at home, this candy will be a hit at any Christmas party.

Peppermint Marshmallows

These Christmas candies combine the fluffy, chewy texture of marshmallows with the refreshing and festive flavor of peppermint.

You can buy peppermint marshmallows at some stores, but you can also make your own!

The small white cubes with red swirls add some color to your dessert table and are a lighter option compared to the heavy pies and cakes.

Salted Caramels

Salted caramels are one of the simplest and sweetest Christmas candies.

They are chewy and melt in your mouth with just the right amount of salt to highlight the creamy and nutty caramel flavors.

Be warned, it’s nearly impossible to stop eating after one!

Peppermint Oreo Truffles

You may find a few variations of Oreo truffles, some of which use white chocolate while others go a more bitter route with all dark chocolate.

No matter what kind of peppermint Oreo truffle you try, you can expect the creamy, dark chocolate flavor of Oreos paired with the cooling pieces of peppermint.

Toffee Bites

Toffee is such a distinct and cozy flavor, making toffee bites a delicious fall and winter candy.

Many toffee bites have crunchy nuts, like pecans, almonds, or walnuts, so you can try all the different options!

With a hint of sea salt and lots of butter, it’s a silky texture with a coffee-like flavor that is perfect for after your big Christmas dinner.

Gingerbread Bark

Most Christmas bark candies focus on chocolate and peppermint flavors, but this candy delivers a spicy and sweet gingerbread flavor.

You can find gingerbread bark in high-end candy stores or try making it at home yourself!

Some versions even have candied hunks of ginger for an extra punchy and bold holiday taste.

Oreo Truffles

Oreo truffles are the epitome of decadence.

This Christmas candy is Oreo cookies crushed up and packed into adorable balls and then dipped in white or milk chocolate.

The inside is gooey and dense with an overwhelming chocolate flavor. This candy is perfect for any Oreo and chocolate fanatics.

Hot Chocolate Fudge

Chocolate fudge is sensational, but hot chocolate fudge brings the comforting and familiar flavor of hot cocoa to your Christmas candy!

Hot chocolate fudge has a sweeter and lighter flavor than standard chocolate fudge.

Topped with fluffy marshmallows baked right into the fudge, it’s like a cup of hot cocoa you can bite into.

Gingerbread Fudge

The sweet and slightly spicy flavor of gingerbread is unmatched, and it’s one of the best flavors to put into a thick, creamy fudge.

Gingerbread fudge uses plenty of gingerbread spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, molasses, and ginger, creating the perfect well-balanced flavor of gingerbread cookies.

Bourbon Balls

One of the bolder and more adult-geared Christmas candies is bourbon balls.

A key ingredient in bourbon balls, aside from Kentucky bourbon, is vanilla wafers, which bring an airy texture and hint of spiced vanilla.

They can come coated in powdered sugar or dipped in chocolate, adding more sweetness to balance the hefty flavor of bourbon.

Buttered Rum Fudge

As the name implies, this Christmas candy has a sweet buttery flavor with a hint of spiced rum.

It’s a complex and unique flavor that not everyone loves, but people who do are obsessed.

If you’ve ever had butter beer, it’s a similar flavor profile with a creamy and warm taste.

It’s perfect for a cold Christmas evening by the fire.

Candied Citrus Peel

While I usually throw away citrus peels, I hoard them when Christmastime approaches, as this is one of the most innovative and rare Christmas candies.

You can candy citrus peels, like limes, oranges, or lemons, but oranges are my favorite.

They come in candied ribbons and have a colorful and bright flavor which can be a relief in the sea of chocolate and heavy desserts.

Candy Cane Fudge

Candy cane fudge is fun because it comes in many flavors!

While most candy canes are peppermint-flavored, you can also find fruity flavors like apple or strawberry and create a unique and colorful fudge with a crunchy and gooey texture.

Candy Canes

There is no more iconic Christmas candy than candy canes!

They come in all sorts of colors, but the red and white canes are the most popular and my favorite.

What Christmas season would be complete without enjoying at least one candy cane?

Chocolate Peppermint Macarons

You can find chocolate peppermint macarons in certain stores or make them at home!

They have a soft and dainty texture with a delicate shell and creamy filling.

Plus, the crushed peppermint on top adds a delightful crunch.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

If you love gumdrops, you’ll love this Christmas candy with chewy fruit gumdrops inside chocolate and marshmallow cubes.

They look like fudge but have a harder and chewy texture with a slight fruitness from the gumdrops.

Cornflake Wreaths

If you want to try something new for Christmas candy, these colorful and clever cornflake wreaths are idyllic.

With cornflakes dyed green and shaped into a wreath, they look adorable and have a pop of heat from the cinnamon candies.

Crockpot Christmas Candy

Crockpot Christmas candy is a kitchen-sink-type of treat where all the ingredients you can imagine for a Christmas candy make an appearance.

They have chocolate, peanut, M&Ms, sprinkles, and much more in funky nougat-shaped candies.

Gingerbread Truffles

Gingerbread truffles stuff the delectable and spicy flavor of gingerbread cookies into an adorable ball dipped in chocolate.

Some use white chocolate, while others use dark chocolate, but either way, the gingerbread truffles have a warm and familiar Christmas flavor.

Hot Chocolate Bombs

Hot chocolate bombs are a super unique and innovative Christmas candy.

They are balls of chocolate filled with hot cocoa powder and other ingredients to create certain flavors.

You drop them into hot milk or water (milk is always better, and you can use non-dairy milk if necessary) and stir it in as the chocolate melts, leaving you with a cup of hot chocolate!

M&M’s Christmas Bark

A super easy Christmas candy that is a crowd-pleaser is M&M Christmas bark.

It can be dark, milk, or white chocolate bark, but it’s always littered with colorful M&Ms.

Make it extra festive by picking out the red and green M&Ms, and you can also add Christmas sprinkles!

Milk ‘n Cookies Fudge

Santa loves milk and cookies, but he might get tired of the same old plate of cookies and glass of milk.

Leave something a little more innovative out for the big guy in red this year with cozy milk cookies fudge.

The fudge has creamy base chocolate with a hint of vanilla and hunks of crispy chocolate chip cookies.

Oreo Coal

No one wants coal for Christmas unless it’s Oreo coal! Oreo coal is a funky-shaped brownie with marshmallows.

They take on a deep, dark black color with hints of white, and they look just like lumps of coal!

Give it to your friends and say Santa knows they were naughty this year.

Peanut Butter Reindeer

Keep all the kids at your Christmas party excited with these sweet peanut butter reindeer snacks.

These candies can come in a variety of flavors, but they always have a strong peanut butter flavor and the shape of a reindeer face.

With pretzels for antlers and M&Ms for a nose, these reindeer are enchanting and cute.

Peppermint Brownie Truffles

An indulgent combination of peppermint pieces and chocolate balls, peppermint brownie truffles deliver a strong brownie flavor with a hint of peppermint.

The smooth, creamy truffles have an added crunch from the peppermint, offering an enjoyable combination of textures.

Peppermint Fudge

Peppermint fudge is a unique fudge with a refreshing and prominent flavor.

Some peppermint fudge uses white chocolate, others use dark chocolate, and many combine the two to create a peppermint bark-like fudge.

But they all have the same smooth and creamy texture everyone loves.

Peppermint Trees

Peppermint trees are just small peppermint candies arranged to look like Christmas trees.

People use cone-shaped foam or cardboard and attach peppermint nougats, which are fun to pull off and enjoy!

You can use green and pink peppermint candies for more color.

Red and White Chocolate Bark

Red and white chocolate bark are one of the best holiday bark candies for people who don’t enjoy the taste of peppermint.

Red and white chocolate bark is solely chocolate, so it’s basically a colorful candy bar.

It’s a pretty and festive Christmas candy for someone who wants a simple flavor profile.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Bites

Red velvet cheesecake bites are a stunning Christmas candy to bring to your holiday parties.

They have a lovely combination of red and white and deliver the dark chocolate and tangy cream cheese flavor you expect from any red velvet treat.

Red Wine Truffles

Red wine truffles are a heavenly Christmas candy that captures the bold flavor of red wine.

The truffle balances bitterness with fruit flavors, giving you that decadent and robust red wine flavor.

The inside of these truffles has a silky, thick texture that falls between fudge and mousse.

Snickerdoodle Truffles

Snickerdoodles have a lovely cinnamon and sugar flavor that is warm and toasty.

Snickerdoodle truffles turn this classic cooky into a dense and chewy ball coated with white chocolate.

The main flavor profile of this candy is cinnamon, so it’s a great way to take advantage of this festive spice.

Snowman Spoons

Snowman spoons are a super adorable candy that you can make at home and enjoy all season long.

The treat is a spoon (sometimes edible and sometimes not) full of hardened chocolate and topped with a snowman made of marshmallows.

You can suck on the spoons by themselves or dunk them into hot cocoa and enjoy the melty chocolate.

Spiced Candied Pecans

These spiced candied pecans have a kick of cayenne pepper, creating a distinct and new flavor that still captures the holiday spirit.

If you love the spiciness of gingerbread cookies but want to kick it up a notch, this is the best spicy Christmas candy.

White Chocolate Peppermint Patties

While dark or milk chocolate and mint are a common combination, mint with white chocolate is less popular.

But after you try white chocolate peppermint patties, you’ll see how these two flavors meld together wonderfully into a creamy and minty taste.

The white chocolate exterior helps the minty filling shine even more.

White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels

A criminally underrated Christmas candy is white chocolate peppermint pretzels.

This candy is usually homemade, but you can also find it in stores around the holidays.

It’s a simple snack using pretzels dipped in white chocolate and coated with pieces of candy cane or peppermint candies.

The salty pretzel compliments the sweet white chocolate beautifully.

White Chocolate Truffles

If you’re obsessed with white chocolate, this is the best Christmas candy for you.

White chocolate truffles are loaded with creamy and yummy white chocolate, so every bite has a milky and sweet flavor.

The inside of these truffles is smooth and velvety, making for a delectable bite-size treat.

White Peppermint Bark

White peppermint bark uses only white chocolate and pieces of peppermint, so it’s lighter and sweeter than traditional peppermint bark.

This version of peppermint bark is delicate but still rich, crunchy, and beautiful on a dessert table.

Candied Popcorn Stars

One of the cutest Christmas candies for the kids’ table is candied popcorn stars.

They have a cinnamon sugar flavor with the buttery sweetness of popcorn.

It’s tough to find this candy in stores, so it’s almost always homemade, which makes them even tastier!

You can add M&Ms, sprinkles, or anything else you want to add some color and make them festive!

Eggnog Cookie Dough Truffles

This Christmas candy is a slight variation of eggnog truffles, which have a lighter and more creamy flavor.

Eggnog cookie dough truffles are super rich and have a distinct sweet eggy flavor that combines the taste of custard and raw cookie dough.

And not to worry, this candy has no raw egg or other harmful ingredients.

Best Christmas Candy

  1. Peppermint Meringues
  2. Christmas Fudge
  3. Eggnog Truffles
  4. Peanut Brittle
  5. Puppy Chow
  6. Sugar Cookie Truffles
  7. Peppermint Bark
  8. Peppermint Patties
  9. Buckeyes
  10. Candied Pecans
  11. Rum Balls
  12. Peanut Butter Cups
  13. Peppermint Marshmallows
  14. Salted Caramels
  15. Peppermint Oreo Truffles
  16. Toffee Bites
  17. Gingerbread Bark
  18. Oreo Truffles
  19. Hot Chocolate Fudge
  20. Gingerbread Fudge
  21. Bourbon Balls
  22. Buttered Rum Fudge
  23. Candied Citrus Peel
  24. Candy Cane Fudge
  25. Candy Canes
  26. Chocolate Peppermint Macarons
  27. Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy
  28. Cornflake Wreaths
  29. Crockpot Christmas Candy
  30. Gingerbread Truffles
  31. Hot Chocolate Bombs
  32. M&M’s Christmas Bark
  33. Milk ‘n Cookies Fudge
  34. Oreo Coal
  35. Peanut Butter Reindeer
  36. Peppermint Brownie Truffles
  37. Peppermint Fudge
  38. Peppermint Trees
  39. Red and White Chocolate Bark
  40. Red Velvet Cheesecake Bites
  41. Red Wine Truffles
  42. Snickerdoodle Truffles
  43. Snowman Spoons
  44. Spiced Candied Pecans
  45. White Chocolate Peppermint Patties
  46. White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels
  47. White Chocolate Truffles
  48. White Peppermint Bark
  49. Candied Popcorn Stars
  50. Eggnog Cookie Dough Truffles

Final Thoughts

Christmas is a time to indulge in all your favorite foods, from your favorite Christmas dinner to Christmas cookies and candy!

Try buying or making these candies yourself to give as a treat or to enjoy at home.

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.