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DELICIOUS GIFT IDEAS: 77 BEST RECIPES FOR HOMEMADE CHOCOLATES
If you are looking for easy-to-make, delicious-to-eat DIY gift ideas, choose one or more from this list of 77 homemade chocolate candy recipes. Whether you’re making a batch to give to friends and family for Christmas or a birthday gift for someone special, these chocolatey treats will go down well.
There are so many great homemade chocolate recipes to choose from that I’ve done the noble thing and hunted down the best, easiest-to-make, most delicious recipes for you.
So, what have I included in this roundup? Well, chocolate truffles are eternally popular, so I’ve included no less than 22 different truffle recipes, some with alcohol, some simple and perfect for kids to make. The roundup has vegan and gluten-free truffle recipes and even a paleo truffle recipe.
Bark is another favourite sweet treat at Christmas, so I’ve included several recipes, including a recipe with Oreos, a more classic peppermint recipe and a dark chocolate and pistachio recipe.
There are also plenty of recipes for chocolate caramels, chocolate fudge and a smattering of more unusual recipes for homemade chocolates that will have you standing out from the crowd.
Tip for UK readers: I use the Food App to convert ingredient amounts to UK metrics. You can save recipes to it from URLs and also from Pinterest pins.
77 EASY HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE CANDY RECIPES THAT MAKE GREAT GIFTS
Christmas Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods are an easy, sweet treat for the holiday season. They take just 10 minutes to make and use three ingredients. They are fun for kids to make to gift to their teacher.
CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES RECIPES
Chocolate truffles are one of the most decadent kinds of chocolate, here's a selection of delicious chocolate truffles recipes.
What could be simpler than truffles made with only three ingredients?! These mint Oreo truffles are another Christmas chocolate favourite that look like they've taken way longer to make than they actually have!
These homemade chocolate truffles have only four ingredients and can be set in the fridge. There's a video tutorial to follow over on Sally's Baking Addiction, so you really can't go wrong, even if you are short on time and not a natural in the kitchen! This is also a great chocolates recipe to get kids making as gifts for their friends.
These smooth and rich Grand Marnier Truffles have just eight ingredients, including delicious Gran Marnier. The method for making them includes popping them in the fridge for 45 minutes, so they are a little more involved time-wise than some of the other recipes here. They make a delicious Christmas for adult friends and family.
And here's another vegan truffles recipe. These Vegan Chestnut Chocolate Truffles are simple yet delicious and decadent. They are easy to make using chestnuts, cocoa powder, vanilla and dark chocolate.
These homemade peanut butter snowballs taste like candy, but take a quarter of the time to make. These are another great idea for DIY candy to put in Christmas Eve boxes. Related: How to make simple Christmas Eve boxes.
These were the type of truffles that Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes enjoyed as a child in Scotland. She remembers fun Sunday afternoons with her mum rolling truffles in chocolate (strands) vermicelli and anticipating the moment when she could bite into one.
These butterscotch chocolate marshmallow bites have six ingredients and are a great no-bake treat for kids (or adults short on time) to make. They really are super simple to make and take just 20 minutes.
This seven ingredient recipe takes literally minutes to make! The finished result however looks like you've spent hours crafting it! This fudge looks particularly gorgeous if you have time to pop the squares of fudge into little mini truffle cases like these and then pop them in a gift tin
This six-ingredient Amaretto raisin and fudge recipe is one of those super easy slow cooker candy recipes that means you can stick a bunch of ingredients in the slow cooker and let the cooker work its magic, you just need to give the mixture a quick stir every 15 minutes.
Eggnon is such a holiday season flavour! This eggnog fudge recipe only takes around 30-minutes to make and uses only seven ingredients. These fudge candies are great to serve over Christmas of pop them in cellophane and gift them!
This is possibly the easiest candy recipe ever!! Plus there are just four ingredients, one of which is a pinch of salt! So you just can't go wrong. The resulting salted caramel fudge comes with a warning from recipe creator, Something Swanky!! Pop over to her site to find out more!
This easy Butterscotch Fudge Recipe is so simple to make! It takes only 3 Simple Ingredients, and is a no-bake fudge recipe, which is even better. An effortless and delicious easy recipe to make in batches to give as gifts at Christmas to teachers or kids' friends. In fact it's perfect for kids to make as homemade gifts.
This microwave peanut butter fudge is made with only 4 ingredients, and only takes a few minutes to make. It’s creamy, smooth, and perfect for a delicious no bake peanut butter treat. Clearly be cafeful about giving this as a gift if you don't know the recipient too well.
These chocolate-covered seven-minute microwave caramels are flavoured with vanilla. They totally melt in your mouth and they are SO easy to make. Plus they look great, so they look like you've put way more time and effort into them than you actually have!! A great idea for a homemade Christmas chocolate gift for friends and family.
These polar bear paws are the perfect sweet and salty caramel candy with peanuts and a white chocolate coating. They’re so easy to make and I think they would be the perfect recipe if you want to make homemade candy for your kids' Christmas Eve boxes. Related: How to make a simple Christmas Eve box for your kids
This recipe for almond toffee bites is a little more involved that some of the recipes in this list. It uses English Toffee poured over almonds, topped with milk chocolate and walnuts. You can make it in a brownie bite pan so that it's instantly ready for wrapping up and gifting!
PEPPERMINT AND CHOCOLATE RECIPES
I simply adore peppermint candy, it's one of the kinds of candy I always turn to when I'm looking for ideas for Christmas candy gifts that I can make for the holiday season.
These peppermint patties are creamy, melt-in-your-mouth vegan peppermint patties coated with rich dark chocolate. These easy-to-make, 5-ingredient treats are a great idea for holiday gift-giving for teachers, friends and family.
This homemade peppermint and chocolate bark recipe is even more delicious than store-bought varieties. It's easy to make with only 6 ingredients and is a delicious treat to give as gifts for the holidays.
This easy vegan peppermint bark recipe is one of the best homemade edible gift ideas to give family and friends this holiday. It’s quick and easy to make and all you need is just three simple ingredients.
This homemade candy cane bark makes an easy last minute Christmas candy gift. The recipe uses just a few ingredients plus it can be made in 10 minutes. Perfect as an idea for candy gifts to make with your kids.
Dark Chocolate-Covered Candied Orange Slices, the most perfect combination of Christmas flavors you could dream up. And – they’re so easy to make!
HOW TO PACKAGE HOMEMADE CHOCOLATES TO GIVE AS GIFTS
Once you’ve made your homemade chocolates, you’ll want to make sure that you package them up so that they look beautiful and ready to gift to friends and family.
Here are some ideas on how you can make sure your homemade chocolates look as good as if you’d bought them from a high-end chocolatier!
1. CELLOPHANE BAG TIED WITH RIBBON OR FANCY STRING
Pop a batch of chocolates into a clear cellophane bag and tie them up with a chic length of ribbon or fancy string. This method is nice and budget-friendly but still packs a wow punch.
Alternatively, you could use a twist tie, but they don’t look nearly as fabulous.
2. CELLOPHANE CONE
Cellophane cones are a European take on more regular-shaped cellophane bags. They make cute gifts for kids.
3. GIFT BOX
You can gift boxes specifically for chocolates. Some come with little sections for individual chocolates, and some allow you to layer the chocolates between paper. Tie the box with a fancy ribbon for a really festive flourish.
4. GLASS JAR
Filling a Mason Jar or Kilner Jar is a wonderful way to present homemade chocolates. You can write a message on the jar or add a little gift tag with a cute message. I love that the jar can then be used by the recipient for storage or for future gifting – very eco-friendly.
Hello, I’m Luci, founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, I have combined my experience as a mum, journalist and shopping editor to create useful guides and lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Read more.