Candy always makes a welcome gift, and it's a great take-along party food. Bourbon balls and pralines are two of the South's most famous candies.
Pralines, derived from the French pralin candy, are particularly popular in New Orleans. Early Creoles began the tradition of using pecans as the nuts instead of the almonds or hazelnuts used in the French candy. Pralines are cooked to a soft-ball stage like a brown sugar fudge, then they're filled with pecans and spooned onto wax paper to form patties.
Bourbon balls, an easy no-bake candy, probably originated in Kentucky in the early to mid 1900s. They're usually made with crushed vanilla wafers and bourbon, but other liquors can be used.
Here are some of my favorite holiday candy recipes.
This smooth, creamy fudge is a snap to make with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and some butter.
Roll these delectable truffles in a little sugar, cocoa, or finely chopped nuts. They're super easy to make, and great for parties.
A little peppermint flavor and crushed candy canes dress up this easy and delicious fudge for the holidays.
This is one of my favorite candies, with the irresistible brown sugar flavor and crunchy toasted pecans.
This delicious candy can be made with or without the chopped nuts.
This buttery, mouthwatering peanut brittle makes great gifts if you can keep yourself from eating the whole batch.
This chocolate fudge is made with chopped hazelnuts, flavored with a little hazelnut liqueur or bourbon.
Thanks to Kelli for sharing this easy candy recipe. These are similar to no-bake bourbon balls in preparation, with coconut, a little rum, and lots of chocolate.
This is a very easy fudge to make, with marshmallow creme, white chocolate chips or baking chunks, and chopped pecans.
The combination of mini marshmallows, chopped nuts, and chocolate makes a fabulous fudge.
Easy, delicious, and no candy thermometer needed! This great fudge will satisfy the peanut butter lovers in the crowd.
These delicious little cookies are more like candy, and they're so easy to make. If you need a sweet snack in a hurry, these are perfect.
These easy, retro treats are made with peanut butter, peanuts, chow mein noodles, and butterscotch chips. What could be easier?
This peanut brittle is made with honey roasted peanuts, then it's dusted with finely chopped honey roasted peanuts.