Sweeten Up Your June with these National Candy Month Recipes

Posted: June 14, 2022 2:05 pm

Do you have a sweet tooth? Want to celebrate your favorite treats with a fun food holiday? National Candy Month is in June, and gives Americans the chance to celebrate their favorite treats no matter how they like to enjoy them: in sharing packs, in mini form, in a dessert or full-size.

Candy also plays an important part on summer adventures—whether that is to the beach, camp and everywhere in between. It helps bring joy and make memories, and the National Confectioner’s Association is dedicated to spreading the word about National Candy Month. If you want to sweeten your June, get in on the fun with these 10+ recipe ideas for a fun month, since they all feature candy!

Recipe #1: Easy Homemade Lollipops

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Ah, the classic treat of childhood that is enjoyable at any age. If you still crave lollipops but cannot find anything you like at the store (or do not want to be seen with them in your shopping cart), make your own! Get assorted hard candies, candy molds and sticks and get working. Pro tip: Melt multi-colored candies together in one mold to make multi-color lollipops. Also, be sure to get an oven-safe mold to use this recipe.

Recipe #2: Cool Whip Candy (Copycat 3 Musketeers)

This creamy chocolate candy tastes similar to the nougat filled classic, thanks to Cool Whip. Get an 8 oz. tub and thaw it before getting ready to make the candy. Then, combine milk chocolate chips with the Cool Whip. Freeze the mixture before cutting into pieces and freezing it for a second time. Lastly, dip it in melted dark chocolate wafers, let the mixture harden and then enjoy!

Recipe #3: Homemade Almond Delights (Almond Joy Candy Bars)

Sweetened coconut, toasted almonds and smooth chocolate makes these candy bars taste similar to the store-bought version, minus preservatives. The recipe works best with chocolate candy coating, which is a mixture of chocolate and fat to give it shine. In addition to that, you will need sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, salt, confectioner’s sugar, shredded sweetened coconut and whole toasted almonds. Making these from scratch can also be cheaper than buying the commercial version, which is a plus.

Recipe #4: Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Did you know peanut butter cups are hard to find outside of the U.S.? If you are ever abroad and crave the taste of these, but cannot find them, gather the following ingredients: milk chocolate chips, peanut butter, salt and powdered sugar. Coconut oil and shortening make the chocolate thinner, and rolling the peanut butter mixture into logs, rather than dealing with putting it into the cup form right away makes it easier with which to deal. The highest quality chocolate chips yield the best results.

Recipe #5: Scottish Tablet

Scottish tablet, which is similar to fudge, is rich, and making it takes attention, but the end result is thick and sweet—so worth it! White sugar, butter, full fat milk, condensed milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or whisky becomes a sweet treat after a lot of watching and mixing. Your Scottish friends will appreciate pieces of this slightly grainy sweet. It can be frozen and enjoyed whenever one feels like it.

Recipe #6: Homemade Turtle Candy

Chocolate, caramel and pecans make turtle candy, which, if you look closely, kind of look like an actual turtle! Toast the pecans for even more flavor, and use store-bought caramels if you want to skip the process of making caramel, which is harder than it sounds. Check out the comments on this recipe, since people who made these in the past have some good suggestions. These make great gifts, and can be jazzed up with a sprinkle of sea salt on top.

Recipe #7: Homemade Gumdrops

Gelatin, water and sugar form the base of gumdrops. Clear extracts, such as citrus, lemon, orange and peppermint, add flavor. Coat each gumdrop with a generous handful of white sugar. Sour candies can be made by replacing the sugar coating with citric acid. These gumdrops can be stored for up to four weeks after they are made.

Recipe #8: Candied Orange Peel

Homemade candied citrus peel is even more delicious than store-bought, since it is fresh and contains no chemicals. It is tasty alone, but can also be used to garnish desserts, like pies and cakes, be dipped in chocolate for an elegant treat, or used in whatever way your imagination dreams up. If you are ready to get started, grab an orange, a lemon, sugar and water. Hint: Save the citrus syrup to enhance your drinks.

Recipe #9: Butterfinger Cookies

Crispy and peanut-filled, Butterfingers make cookies even tastier. Spread a cookie sheet with parchment paper so the dough does not stick. Scoop it with a cookie scoop onto the paper. Bake the cookies until they have slightly browned edges and the middles are chewy. Use about 2 cups of chopped candy to make sure every cookie has plenty of candy in it!

Recipe #10: Kit Kat Cake

This Kit Kat Cake looks extravagant, but it is not impossibly hard to make. First, take your favorite layer cake or boxed cake mix. Then, frost it with your frosting of choice (chocolate is recommended). Put Kit Kats around the cake’s edge. Add in coated chocolate candies or even more chopped up Kit Kats to the top. If desired, wrap a colorful bow around the cake for an extra special touch.

Recipe #11: Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Do you still have candy coating left over from making one of the recipes above? If so, combine that with milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips, plus salted dried roasted peanuts. Stick clusters on wax-paper lined sheets. Refrigerate and dig into your candy!

Recipe #12: Milky Way Milkshakes

Candy in milkshakes is an underrated addition. Not to mention, these are perfect for summer! Blend chocolate ice cream, milk, chocolate sauce and pieces of a Milky Way bar in a blender. Chop up another one for topping, and drizzle over some caramel sauce. This chocolate-caramel shake is ideal for enjoying on a lazy Saturday. Try it with other candies and compare the results.

Spread the word about National Candy Month! Did you find this useful? Are you craving candy now? Feel free to bookmark or post to your timeline for reference later!

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