By Marni Fogelson

Published on October 5, 2016

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Resistance is futile. It’s almost Halloween time, and of course you are going to start craving candy and goodies a plenty! Instead of reaching for whatever sweet is in your path, give one or…um, twelve of these yummy homemade versions of your favorite candies a try. Whether you can’t keep stop popping Rolos or you wait each year in anticipation of candy corn’s arrival, we have 20 classic candy favorites that can be made in your home kitchen (i.e without the addition of fillers, preservatives, and weird ingredients that we can’t actually pronounce). Whether you make an array to serve at a Halloween get together or whip up a few to sample yourself, you’re going to love these candy copycats.

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mounds

Just three ingredients and a lot of flavor–that’s all there is to these no-bake Mounds wannabes (aka Bounties). For Paleo or vegan guys and gals, there’s another winning version for you, too. 

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pop rocks

Even Halloween haters will want to give this recipe a try, perhaps for an 80s party.  The vibrant colors make these sugary bits that actually pop in your mouth, and they’re the epitome of the term “eye candy”.

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twix bars

These no-bake Twix bars are super efficient. Relying on prepared items such as shortbread and caramels makes the recipe a great one for inexperienced cooks to try. Even if the final products don’t end up looking as beautiful as these babies, the taste will more than compensate.

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snickers

This recipe looks like it would take hours to make (so many layers of sweet goodness), but through some culinary alchemy it actually takes less than thirty minutes! The nougat, peanuts, caramel, and chocolate are all there, and the quick prep times you can make another batch. You know, in case the first batch magically disappears.

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red cherry licorice twists (aka Twizzlers)

Licorice often (and oddly) has wheat flour as an ingredient, making it a no-no for the gluten averse. This recipe makes a chewy, Twizzler-like candy that you’ll be making and munching long after the Halloween costumes have been put away.

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chocolate caramel candy apples

When you master this recipe, you can add “knows how to temper chocolate” to your list of kitchen skills. The process isn’t too challenging, and it helps keep the chocolate from melting at room temperature and also gives it that shiny appearance. Go crazy and dip the apples in sprinkles, chocolate chips, M & Ms, crushed nuts, or any other confection you’re craving.

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butterfinger

These butterfingers are slightly healthier, incorporating natural peanut butter and maple syrup in lieu of more refined sugar-heavy ingredients. The result is the beloved and recognizable buttery flavor and crispy texture and the feeling that you can indulge in a piece or two without abandoning your clean living pledge.

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reese’s cups

Four ingredients and the hardest part of the recipe is waiting for these gems to harden in the freezer. These simple, classic sweets will go missing as soon as you make them, so consider a double batch.

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heath bar

Crunchy toffee filling surrounded by rich chocolate: there are few candies more delectable. And now you can make them at home anytime you want. We’ll let you decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

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candy corn

What’s Halloween without candy corn? Homemade candy corn is slightly tedious to make, but it’s a must-have for gobbling by the handful or for decorating Halloween cakes or cupcakes. This recipe also includes cute ideas for making candy corn festive for other holidays, too.

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watermelon jolly ranchers

Another recipe where you are going to want to use a candy thermometer. Actually making these childhood favorites isn’t difficult, making them a perfect option for stashing into Halloween party favor bags. 

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peppermint patties

These peppermint patties use a natural mint extract to give the treats a refreshing, authentic taste instead of an artificial and overwhelming one. Cutting the log of mint filling and then dipping the pieces into melted chocolate makes for a fun, assembly-line activity to get guests involved at a Halloween party. 

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pocky

Pocky sticks, a favorite snack in Japan, come in all sorts of fun dipped flavors, and they are all pretty addictive. Making them at home is surprisingly easy, and you can change add orange or black food coloring to white chocolate to give them a Halloween look.

Find the recipe here. 

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rolos

Chewy caramel dipped in chocolate: what’s not to like about rolos? This homemade version uses a date-based caramel, so you can splurge on a few of these bite-sized treats. The rolos are a fun pick-‘em-up dessert or snack for when you need a little fuel on the go.

Find the recipe here. 

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tootsie rolls

Toothsome and chewy, homemade tootsie rolls are an awesome addition to your candy-making arsenal. Without any crazy preservatives, this recipe primarily uses basics from your pantry. We’re loving the fact that there’s no need for an oven or stovetop, just some hand mixing.

Find the recipe here.

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salted caramel

Luscious caramels sprinkled with a little sea salt melt in your mouth and can be enjoyed throughout all the fall and winter holidays. Making caramels does require a little bit of babysitting so that they don’t get burnt, but one recipe makes a good amount and will make a lovely present for teachers or hosts.

Find the recipe here. 

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three musketeers

Decadent Three Musketeers bites take a bit more work than some of the other recipes on our list, but these chewy, chocolate-y goodies let you flex your marshmallow-making skills: the filling is very similar and will make you want to spend your days whipping up other airy treats.

Find the recipe here. 

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pumpkin spice granola bars

Okay, okay. We know the folks that hand out granola bars aren’t always the coolest on the block, but as an adult, we totally appreciate having a breakfast or snack-worthy nosh, especially one that celebrates the autumnal favorite pumpkin spice. Made with dates and almond butter, they are a welcome, non-sugary treat.

Find the recipe here. 

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crunch bars

Somehow, Crunch bars, made with rice crispy pieces and chocolate always slip our minds when we think about the candy loot we are most looking forward to gathering. When we find them in our kids’ goodie bags, we suddenly remember how much we love that crunchy, humble sweet. This recipe takes minimal amounts of time to make and only two ingredients. It’s almost too easy!

Find the recipe here. 

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payday bars

You don’t need to choose between sweet and salty with these copycat Payday bars. Making your own dulce de leche gives these treats a sophisticated flavor, but the peanuts and mini marshmallows will keep candy lovers big and small reaching for a bar. This version is softer than the original, but equally addictive.

Find the recipe here.