Why buy when you can make your own? These candy recipes taste better and cost less than the store-bought brands.
Cost per serving: 44¢
For less than the cost of a candy bar, you can give a homemade treat. These nutty fudge squares make an easy holiday gift.
See recipe: Chocolate Almond Fudge Squares
Price per serving: 21¢
Garnish this spicy treat with beautiful gold leaf that's completely edible. A 12-leaf package (each leaf is a 2-inch square) costs $40 at gildedplanet.com. Or, sprinkle some equally festive, but less pricey edible gold glitter ($3 for a 1/4-oz.jar, fancyflours.com).
See recipe: Chai-Spiced Fudge
Cost per serving: 42¢
This Maple-Walnut Fudge recipe—which takes just pocket change to prepare—will soon be a family favorite dessert. Add semi-sweet chocolate chips if you want a richer flavor.
See recipe: Maple-Walnut Fudge
Cost per serving: 43¢
Popcorn and peanuts add a salty crunch to this rich fudge, but you can change the add-ins to suit your taste. Try stirring in chopped walnuts and miniature marshmallows, or chopped salted pistachios and dried tart cherries.
See recipe: Popcorn and Peanut Fudge
Cost per serving: 62¢
We took the flavor of s'mores and put them into this easy to make (and even better to eat) cookie bar. When baking, use bulk bin chocolate chips instead of the pre-packaged kind—you can measure out exactly what you need and you'll save about 51¢ a pound.
See recipe: Fudgy Marshmallow Bars
Cost per serving: 46¢
Family and friends will rave about these crispy (and cheap!) treats. To fancy these treats up a bit, use chopped 60 percent cacao chocolate instead of semisweet chips.
Recipe: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Toffee
Cost per serving: 7¢
Use everyone's favorite chewy candy to make these fun-to-eat Chocolate-Strawberry Licorice Bites! For a different look, drizzle melted white chocolate over chocolate-flavored Twizzlers, then top them with orange and yellow sprinkles or nonparells for a cute Halloween theme.
See Recipe: Chocolate-Strawberry Licorice Bites
Cost per serving: $1.19
Package your homemade treats (like Cran-Almond Bark) in cellophane bags. These can be found in craft stores or purchased online.
See recipe: Cran-Almond Bark
Cost per serving: 94¢
Our Chocolate-Popcorn Bark combines so many good things—popcorn, chocolate, almonds— that it's sure to become an instant dessert star.
See recipe: Chocolate-Popcorn Bark
Cost per serving: 50¢
This Trail Mix Chocolate Bark recipe is a healthy dessert option that is fuss-free and inexpensive. Freezing the foil-lined pan helps the chocolate set quickly.
See recipe: Trail Mix Chocolate Bark
Cost per serving: $1.19
If you're in a hurry, you can place the bark in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to make it set more quickly.
See recipe: Dark Chocolate Bark with Pretzels and Dried Cranberries
Cost per serving: 15¢
When making these caramels, use a candy thermometer to ensure that the temperature reaches 248°F. The cooking time is usually about 30 minutes but it can vary, so watch carefully. Be sure to bring the temperature back to 248°F after you’ve added the second cup of cream or the caramels won’t set up properly.
See recipe: Salted Butter Caramels