Getting gourmet candy conveniently delivered to your door is pretty unbeatable. But sometimes you want to be a more active participant in your candy habit. Getting into the kitchen isn’t just a fun, creative way to satisfy your sweet tooth, but it can also be a great bonding experience with friends or the kids.
So, forget about brownies and cupcakes for now (though those are great too). Today we’re bringing you homemade candy recipes for copycat candy bars you can make in your own kitchen, from scratch.
Put on your DIY hat, grab a candy thermometer, and some parchment paper, and let’s get to the recipes (including two for vegan candy lovers)!
10 Homemade Candy Recipes for Copycat Candy Bars
This layered treat is not for the faint-hearted! This recipe from How Sweet Eats provides instructions for making every single layer from scratch, including the nougat. For those who love a DIY challenge, these copycat Snickers bars are sure to be rewarding. Grab a 9×13” pan and get ready for some caramel-chocolate-peanut-buttery goodness.
We have to agree with the folks behind Tastes Better from Scratch that sometimes homemade candy is the only thing that can do the trick. Luckily their super easy recipe for homemade Twix hits the spot. Get the full recipe here.
3. Milky Way
Everyone knows the best thing about a Milky Way bar is that signature soft, pillowy texture. If you can pull that off with this recipe from the Whisk Kid blog, you’ll definitely have something to be proud of.
Would you believe it if we told you this recipe for copycat Butterfingers only calls for three ingredients? See for yourself at Pip and Ebby. With its crunchy texture and signature orange center, the Butterfinger is one of those truly unique candy bars with nostalgia baked right in. Making your own version at home is sure to be a rewarding challenge.
5. Almond Joy
Who knew it was so easy to make Almond Joys from scratch? With some coconut flakes, almonds, melted chocolate, and just a few more ingredients, you’ll have your very own little pillows of coconut-almond goodness to chow down on. Get the full recipe here.
Payday bars are a bit of a throwback these days, but for those who can’t get enough crunchy peanuts in their chocolate bars, this is a sure winner. Get the full recipe for copycat Payday bars at Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice.
7. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
You know when you’re looking for healthy, nutritious, sugar-free, gluten-free peanut butter cups? Yes, they exist! While you may have to track down some non-traditional ingredients, you’ll get to enjoy these copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups from Desserts with Benefits totally guilt-free.
8. Kit Kat
The best thing about this recipe for homemade Kit Kats is how easy it is. These treats make for a perfect rainy-day activity for the kids, especially as homemade gifts for the holiday season. All you need is wafers for the inside and melted chocolate for the coating.
Bonus: Vegan Homemade Candy Recipes
9. Vegan Heath Bars
These completely dairy-free copycat Heath bars let you enjoy all the goodness of chocolate-covered toffee without the guilt. And you just might learn a new candy-making skill along the way while achieving that perfect toffee texture! Get the full recipe from Fork and Beans.
10. Vegan 3 Musketeers
It’s hard to say what’s better about these copycat 3 Musketeers bars – the fact that they’re vegan, or how easy they are to make. Either way, you’ll want to gobble up a handful of these soft nougaty chocolate treats. Learn how to make them at Namely Marly.
Looking for more fun, creative ways to make (or use) candy in the kitchen? Check out the other recipes for treats, drinks, and more at the Candy Club blog.