Homemade Candy for Your Easter Basket (Plus More Easter Ideas)


This Easter, give that hard-working bunny a little help and make your own candy. You can do it. It’s easier than you might think.

Here are a handful of great candy recipes that you can make at home. They’re tried and true favorites at The Mouse House. I’ve even included a few treats for the, um, bigger kids on your list.

Make your own candy

Even though I don’t really have a sweet tooth, I find myself making a lot of candy. Here are some ideas if you want to stuff your Easter baskets with homemade goodies.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups are always a hit with kids—and adults. My recipe includes instructions on how to make homemade s’mores cups, too (graham cracker, marshmallow, the whole shebang.)

Fudge is always good, too. This Easy Dark Chocolate & Walnut Fudge is really (really, really) simple to put together. If you’ve failed with fudge before, definitely give this one a shot.

And, of course, Homemade Marshmallows. You can add food coloring to them, cut them in shapes, dip them in chocolate, etc. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about trying to figure out how to make homemade Peeps. More on that if we can noodle it out.

Treats for adults

OK, so all of the above also count, as well. But if you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated, try Candied Fruit Peel

…or the ever-popular Homemade Irish Cream (needs to be refrigerated).

Drunken Coffee Jello Squares are fun and festive, too (also need to be refrigerated).

Other Easter Ideas from Breakstone’s & Better Homes and Gardens

Plan your own Easter egg hunt.

Make a chicken pinata (who doesn’t love a pinata, right?).

Use stickers to make pretty patterns on dyed eggs.

Enter to win $2,500!

Don’t forget, Breakstone’s is hosting a big sweeps on Better Homes and Gardens, where one lucky winner will win $2,500! Enter today!

Thanks to Kraft & Breakstones!

This post rounds out our participation in The Kraft Breakstone’s Holiday Celebration Program, which included our Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

…and the surely-soon-to-be-famous Peep Topiary.

We had a ton of fun. Stay tuned for more fun from the folks at Kraft Breakstone’s around the winter holidays.

Please note: This is a sponsored post for Breakstone’s Sour Cream. All ideas, thoughts, experiences, photos are my own.

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie serves as an Associate Creative Director at PARTNERS+simons, a boutique ad agency in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.


  1. Yes is time to back to cook our own easter i was thinking about that the another day and after read your recipes you convince me. I will prepare Tarta de Santiago (spanish almond cake ) and Torrijas for breakfast (fry bread) After a week only eating radish salads will be a nice treat.