7 Homemade Halloween Candy Recipes for Parents

Halloween is right around the corner! If you ask your child what is the thing they love most about Halloween, they will 100% scream “CANDY!”. Some children might say “costumes”, which we love and adore, and we’re telling you, you’re probably raising a theatre kid! But most kids just love Halloween because of the seemingly endless amounts of candies they can get their tiny hands on.

If you are a parent, you don’t particularly love that part of Halloween. Artificial candy can be awful for your kid’s health. It can damage their teeth, can cause stomach pains, and just have way too much sugar! So maybe one day, you tried to make homemade Halloween candy, and maybe, just maybe, your kid wasn’t the biggest fan. Well, don’t give up just yet! Homemade Halloween candy doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be even better looking and tasting than anything your child can get in the supermarket.

Homemade Halloween Candy For The Win!

The case for homemade Halloween candy has been made multiple times before, and we know it’s not an easy one to win. Supermarket candy is convenient and easy to stock up on, and there is no way your kids won’t love it. However, you must consider their negatives as well! With homemade Halloween candy, you won’t have to worry about sugar intake because you are in charge. Your candy will also be fresh with no preservatives in sight!

The only bad thing about homemade Halloween candy is that it can sometimes be way too much work. But we promise you that these upcoming recipes are simple, straightforward, and absolutely super easy to make. In fact, you can even let your kids help you make them so they’re even more excited to have them! 

We promise by the time you have these candies out in the world, your house will be the most popular house on Halloween! Children will flock to get their hands on our delicious treats!

Let’s get baking!

Peanut Butter Cups

The most coveted prize of every Halloween trick or treat is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! The perfect mix of chocolate and peanut butter is every kid’s dream. Children will actually never stop their trick-or-treating unless they get their hands on a Reese’s Cup. Well, there is no need to tire yourself out looking for them because we will teach you how to make these delicious cups, and it’s the easiest recipe ever! You will be surprised!

What you need

  • ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • ¾ cups of cracker crumbs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup of chopped dark chocolate.

How to make it

  1. Start by mixing the creamy peanut butter with the soft butter in a stand mixer for about 2 minutes. Make sure they’re very well combined and creamy.
  2. With the mixer on low, add the powdered sugar gradually, then the crackers, the vanilla extract and the salt. Let them mix for about 1 minute until smooth.
  3. Divide the mix into ½ tsp balls to make mini peanut butter cups. 
  4. Move the balls into a baking sheet and flatten them using the back of the spoon. Let them chill in the refrigerator until firm.
  5. Melt your chocolate in the microwave, or use a hot water bath to melt the chocolate the old-fashioned way!
  6. Line up mini muffin cups on the counter to assemble your peanut butter cups.
  7. In each muffin cup, add ½ a tsp of melted chocolate. Then, carefully sink the peanut butter disk into the cup until the chocolate oozes from the sides.
  8. Add another ½ sp of melted chocolate on the top to completely cover the peanut butter disk.
  9. Let the cups chill in the refrigerator for as long as you can before munching on these gooey treats!

Orange Peel Candy

We are using everything in our kitchen today, even orange peels! This recipe is the literal translation of the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”! While everyone throws away their orange peel, we will use it to make the most delicious sweet and sour candy you have ever tasted! These orange peel strips will not only be your Halloween treasure but maybe even your Christmas surprise!

What you need

  • Three oranges
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • White sugar for coating
  • A bar of chopped dark chocolates

How to make it

  1. Peel the three oranges carefully without cutting into the flesh of the orange.
  2. Slice the peel into 1 cm wide strips along the length of the peel.
  3. Add the orange peels into a deep pan filled with water (enough to cover the peel) and bring to a boil. 
  4. Drain the water after letting it boil for a couple of minutes, then repeat the process. (This will remove most of the bitterness of the orange peels.)
  5. After draining the water, in the same pan, add 2 cups of fresh water, the orange peels and sugar.
  6. Stir the mix over medium heat and bring it to a boil, then reduce to low heat.
  7. Let the mix simmer on low heat for around 40 minutes or until the syrup is thick.
  8. Remove the peel strips from the serum and put them on a rack to cool off and get rid of excess syrup. Let it sit at room temperature for one day.
  9. After a day, in a large bowl, add the sugar, then dip the orange peel in it to cover it completely.
  10. Optional: Melt chocolate in the microwave, then dip each peel in the melted chocolate. You can cover half its length or all of it; it’s up to you!
  11. Let the peels chill until the chocolate is hardened, and then enjoy your sweet treat!

Spiced Chocolate Truffles

Children are not the only ones who love Halloween treats; adults do, too! Even if they try to act above it sometimes. The best thing about making homemade Halloween candy is that you can sneak in something for yourself as well. Add a little spice and a little kick to your candy to elevate it to new heights. These spiced truffles will caress your taste buds, and who knows, maybe your kid would even take one.

What you need

  • Milk Chocolate bars
  • ½ cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • A pinch of ground cloves
  • Baking cocoa
  • Candy eyeballs (optional)

How to make it

  1. Chop the milk chocolate bars into fine pieces (as fine as you can).
  2. In a heavy saucepan, combine the cream, the pumpkin, and the spice. Bring them to a boil, then stop.
  3. Pour the mixture into the chopped chocolate and stir until combined.
  4. Let the mix cool down until it reaches room temperature, then move it to the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours.
  5. Chop the rest of the chocolate into fine pieces as before.
  6. Cover your hands in baking cocoa, then start shaping the chilled chocolate mixture into 1-inch balls.
  7. Dip the ball into the chopped chocolate and roll it slightly until covered.
  8. For the kiddos: melt some chocolates and use them as glue to attach small candy eyes to the truffles.

Butterscotch Pumpkin Fudge

Autumn is pumpkin season, so you bet we’re going to try to use this delicious fruit in as many recipes as we can! Halloween comes at the peak of Autumn, so pumpkin and pumpkin sweets play a massive role in homemade Halloween candy. This butterscotch pumpkin fudge recipe will transform you into the fall girl you always wanted to be. Just wait and see!

What you need

  • 1 tsp + ¾ cup of butter
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • One can of evaporated milk
  • ½ cup of canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • One package of butterscotch chips
  • One jar of marshmallow creme
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of toasted chopped almonds

How to make it

  1. Get a 13×9-inch pan. Line it with foil and butter the foil lightly.
  2. In another pan, on low heat, combine butter, sugar, milk, pumpkin, and pumpkin spice until the thermometer reads 114C.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, then add the chips, marshmallow creme, and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  4. Stir in the nuts, then pour the mixture into the foil-lined pan.
  5. Let the fudge cool completely before removing it from the pan using the foil.
  6. Remove the foil from under the fudge and cut it into small squares.
  7. Store it in an air-tight container!

Peppermint Patties

Chocolate and peppermint are a match made in heaven! When the sweetness of chocolate hits your mouth with the incredible sensation of peppermint, you will wonder why any other candy even exists. That is the stuff right here! You can find many varieties of peppermint chocolate in chocolate shops, but this one right here is 100% homemade, which automatically makes it 100 better.

What you need

  • Four cups of sugar
  • 3 tbsp of soft butter
  • 3 tbsp of peppermint extract
  • ½ tbsp of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of evaporated milk
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp of shortening

How to make it

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter, peppermint extract, and vanilla extract.
  2. After well combined, add the milk and stir well until even better integrated!
  3. Roll the peppermint filling into 1-inch balls and place on a pan covered with baking sheets.
  4. Using a glass/cup, flatten the balls into thin disks. Leave in the refrigerator or chill for at least 30 minutes.
  5. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and shortening and melt them.
  6. Take them out of the microwave and stir well until well combined.
  7. Take the peppermint patties from the refrigerator and dip them into the melted chocolate.
  8. Place the chocolate-covered patties on a baking sheet and let them chill until hardened.

Mini S’mores

All children, even if they had not tried it before, love the idea of having S’mores by the fire on a late night at summer camp! It’s a fantasy that American movies have ingrained into their brains and they cannot let go of. Well, you can’t light a fire in your living room, but you CAN make them the most delicious S’mores as a handmade Halloween candy!

What you need

  • Two cups of milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of heavy whipping cream
  • One package of crackers
  • 1 cup of marshmallow creme
  • Two cartons of milk chocolate (for the dip!)

How to make it

  1. Place the heavy whipping cream in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  2. In a large bowl, add the chocolate chips and then pour the melted cream on top. 
  3. Stir until well combined and have a spread consistency. Let the spread chill at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  4. Divide the crackers into t batches. Spread melted chocolate into one half and marshmallow creme into the other.
  5. Press each chocolate-covered cracker into a marshmallow cracker to stick them together.
  6. Melt the two cartons of milk chocolate in the microwave, then dip each S’more halfway into the chocolate.
  7. Place the S’mores on a baking sheet until the chocolate sets.
  8. Keep it in a container in the refrigerator.

Mummy Pretzels

Our final homemade Halloween candy recipe is as easy as it gets! It will literally take you ten minutes to have these themed candies ready for munching. Sweet, salty, and mummy-looking, these mummy pretzels are about to be your most popular candy this Halloween.

What you need

  • Two bags of white chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp of shortening
  • Pretzel rods
  • Eye candy for decoration

How to make it

  1. Start by melting the white chocolate chips with one or two spoons of shortening in the microwave. If the consistency is still too heavy, add shortening slowly until it’s dip-perfect!
  2. Pour the melted chocolate into a tall and thin container or cup.
  3. Dip the pretzels halfway into the melted chocolate.
  4. Place the coated pretzels on a greased rack to cool and harden.
  5. While waiting, melt the rest of the white chocolate and pour it into a pastry bag.
  6. Once the pretzels are ready, use the pastry bag to randomly drizzle white chocolate into the white coating of the pretzels.
  7. While warm, stick the candy eyes into the coating for the complete mummy look!
  8. Let them chill, and then munch on your mummies!

So, how are these homemade Halloween candy recipes? They are super easy and an instant crowd-pleaser! Once you start making your Halloween candy at home, you will never want to buy them from a supermarket ever again! Halloween is all about enjoying your time with your friends and family, and nothing screams, “I love you!” like homemade candy!

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