9 Halloween Candy Recipes You Can Make at Home Because Hershey’s Got Nothing on You

Remember the best part about trick or treating? If you ask me, it wasn’t the costumes or pumpkins or even the copious amounts of Halloween candy you scavenged from your neighbors. Instead, it was the moment after, when you dumped your candy on the floor and counted every last piece, relishing the spoils of battle. It was your first, unforgettable taste of victory.

This Halloween, let’s work for our candy again. After all, reaching into a jumbo bag of treats from the store is easy — but we both know that sweets taste best when you’ve earned them. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the most magical confections you can make at home, from DIY Snickers to the ultimate candy corn. Read on, and then get ready for one massive sugar high. I mean, you could give away all your homemade, small-batch confections to the little squirts who ring your doorbell — but who are we kidding? Here’s to your sweetest Halloween yet.

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Tootsie Rolls

I know, I know. Tootsie Rolls were the candy nobody wanted, the sad little pieces at the bottom of your pumpkin-shaped tote — but not this year. A Cozy Kitchen shows us how to bring Halloween’s most underrated candy back to life.

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Maple Caramels

Maple + Caramel. It’s pretty much everything you love about fall, wrapped up in parchment paper. Check out the recipe over at Bake Love Give.

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Peanut Butter Cups

Finding Reese’s in your candy stash was like winning the Halloween lottery. This time around, though, let’s do even better and stuff our peanut butter cups with chocolate chip cookie dough. Thanks, How Sweet Eats!

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Snickers

Brown Eyed Baker breaks down Snickers into four layers: Peanut butter, nougat, caramel, and chocolate. It’ll take time — but just look at that glorious candy bar. So worth it.

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Butterfingers

Yes, those are Butterfingers. And yes, they’re shaped like pumpkins. Bake Love Give has the genius recipe, which calls for just three ingredients.

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Almond Joy

Your Almond Joy just got classy, thanks to Pastry Affair. If you’re feeling really fancy, top it off with a whole almond.

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Cake Truffles

These truffles are everything you love about candy and cake, rolled into one glorious confection. Thanks, My Name Is Yeh!

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Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

Do marshmallows count as candy? I don’t know, but who cares when they look this cute? Pastry Affair dresses hers up with green candy melts and chocolate.

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Candy Corn

And now, for the mother of all Halloween treats: Candy corn. Alton Brown has a perfect recipe — but if you just can’t get enough, Bake Love Give whips up a super-size cookie version.

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