These delicious Holiday candies are super cute and yummy! They are simple to decorate and make appropriate for any holiday you are celebrating this season!
Well the air is getting chillier around these parts so I’m in the mood to make some Thanksgiving and Christmas treats. I want a good base of goodies in my repertoire so I know which ones are hits and which ones are fails! The hubby loves this time of year 🙂
I have a Pinterest problem. The goodies on the Pinterest boards! I think to myself “This can’t be that hard, it looks so simple! I can definitely do that!” well I did it again with these candies.
If you are a super awesome creative person that loves making cool things than these candies are for you! I’m really not terribly creative so these took me a long time just to decide how to color and decorate them.
Also if you use candy melts often and know how to work with they are VERY easy. BUT, if you don’t know the tricks they can reek havock with your (supposed to be) simple projects. Like dipping homemade candy. Read on for my ‘learned from experience’ tips!
Once you get the basics of dipping the candies down this is a VERY easy project well suited to older kids that need creative gift ideas for friends and teachers.
One of the things that I really love about these holiday candies is that you can make them taste and look however you want. We love them in mint and almond flavorings for Christmas. It’s really easy to make them themed to go with any party or Holiday. Valentines Day, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Christmas…pretty much any time of year you can give these as a gift or add them to a party tray. Any color, toppings and flavors. The mind boggles!
I made 3 different flavor batches the first time I made these. Cherry almond, orange, and peppermint. (I made them in Thanksgiving colors too and arranged them in a turkey tail pattern. Very cute!) I wanted my Thanksgiving themed candies to have flavors other than peppermint so I threw in the orange and the cherry almond. I colored the candy dough with my Wilton gel colors and half dipped the candies in white chocolate. It worked. But the candy was a bit sticky.
So this year I dipped them completely. They handle really well with a nice hard candy coating 🙂
The dark chocolate Christmas candies are totally peppermint flavored. I also dipped my candies in white chocolate (I used the white chocolate melting wafers they are awesome!) The combination of the white chocolate with the peppermint creates a fantastic peppermint patty type feel to these delicious candies. It tastes like tiny bites of Christmas.
Recipe Notes for Holiday Candies:
The first time I made these I made some mistakes. Here are a few tips:
- Do Cool the dough about 30 minutes in your fridge
- Do NOT cool in a dough ball. Instead roll the dough into a log about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter.
- Use ONLY candy melts for the dipping stage of this project. We have tried a healthy ganache. It won’t set up correctly. (If you have healthy ideas for this candy I’d love to know what you did)
ALSO: I half dipped these candies the first time I made them. They were cute BUT. The un-dipped half of the candy stayed somewhat sticky. For this recipe we recommend you fully dip the candies to make them more manageable.
TIPS FOR WORKING WITH THE CANDY MELTS:
- FOLLOW THE PACKAGE DIRECTIONS FOR EACH COLOR. THEY DIFFER!
- Put your microwave on half power and heat the melts for 30 seconds, stir the melts and repeat until the candy melts, melt!
- IF your candy melts are melted but gloppy and thick. Add coconut oil (or any vegetable oil) in small amounts as you reheat the melts and stir it up. Continue to thin with coconut oil (or any vegetable oil) until you get the consistency you desire. Do NOT overdo the oil though or it will take a long time to set.
- If you overheat your candy melts- let them cool down to room temperature, add some oil and slowly and gently reheat. As you stir in the oil, the candy melts should thin and smooth so you can dip the candies with good results.
- Set up your project so the candy melts are the perfect consistency when the dough comes out of the fridge. Have your toppings ready and the cooling station ready (I used silpat mats on a cookie sheet. Parchment paper will work too.)
NOW the process:
- Make your candy dough
- Roll it into a long roll about 1 to 11/2 inches in diameter.
- Wrap the candy in saran wrap and chill about 30 minutes.
- Set up your toppings and get the candy melts ready to dip.
- Unwrap your wrapped, cooled candy roll. Roll it around until it makes a perfect roll.
- Cut the candies from the end of the cooled dough roll.
- Shape any rough points off until they are dough circles.
- Dip the candy dough into the candy melts with a fork, make sure it’s coated all over.
- Place the candy onto your cooling station and leave them alone OR top them now with your choice of crushed candies or sprinkles.
- The candies will cool and set within an hour, depending on much oil is in the candy melts.
- Once the candy is set up hard trim off the excess candymelt on the tray(see above) with a sharp knife.
- Serve on a tray.
Serving Size: 1 candy
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 122
Here is a pic of the original holiday candies I made. They were cute but somewhat sticky half dipped.