The costumes are bought (or made?), the candy is ready. My husband’s office is even closing early today, since they know eager trick-or-treaters will be leaving early anyway so they don’t miss their little ghosts and goblins’ begging for candy door-to-door. It must be Halloween! I hope you’ll click around this collage of my favorite gluten free homemade candy recipes, even though you’re probably already up to your ears in packaged candies. So many of the good ones are already safely gluten free, but nothing beats homemade confections. It’s amazing what sugar can do! I know we’re supposed to hate sugar, since it makes us fat and rots our teeth, but I can’t help it. I love its magic. Everything in moderation. Except on Halloween! *boo*
[If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know the drill with the clickable collage, but just in case—hover over each photo for the recipe title, then click the picture to open a new window with that post and the entire recipe][pinit]
Here’s a 10¢ tour of these 8 gluten free homemade candy recipes, and a few words to say what I love about each of them (remember—all the links are above):
Gluten Free Dairy Free White Chocolate: I always used to think (embarrassed to admit but here goes) that white chocolate was mostly just, I don’t know, sugar? It’s really cacao butter with sugar, mostly. Make your own, and make it dairy free since there’s really no reason it shouldn’t be. Or use dry milk instead. Your call!
Homemade Marshmallow Fluff: Even if you’re not a big fan of the fluff that comes in that big tub, try your hand at making it from scratch. It’s like marshmallows, except with egg whites instead of gelatin. It’s much softer than marshmallows, and it’s the perfect base for fudge, too. Or to make rocky road ice cream (dairy-free and without an ice cream machine!).
No Bake Gluten Free Cupcakes with Homemade Chocolate Caramel: Try making these molded with melted chocolate above and below the chocolate caramel. Like Rolos, but way, way better!
Homemade Gluten Free Chocolate Licorice: If you think you don’t really like licorice because it’s too waxy, then clearly you’ve never had it made at home. With melted chocolate and cocoa powder for color and flavor, and no waxy consistency since, well, there’s no wax. Dust off that candy thermometer!
Homemade Gluten Free Red Cherry Licorice: The licorice recipe that started it all. This was my son’s first taste of licorice ever. Now I’m getting choked up. So I’ll stop. :/
Gluten Free Marzipan Recipe: Marzipan is one of those strange candy animals that is usually made with gluten when you buy it ready-made. Here’s how you make it yourself. And then wrap it around chocolate truffles. Because you can.
Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Patties: York Peppermint Patties are just plain good. And sometimes, they make a chocolate variety. Or one shaped like a heart for Valentine’s Day. But did you know how easy it was to make them at home, in whatever shape and whatever flavor you like, any time of year at all?
Gluten Free Chocolate Nougat (Three Musketeers Copycat Recipe): I haven’t made nougat for a while, but it doesn’t stop my kids from begging me to make it again again again. Even though Three Musketeers bars are gluten free right off the shelf, they have a taste for the homemade. ;)
P.S. Don’t forget to pre-order Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread! Remember that my publisher says Amazon will ship it the week of Thanksgiving, but only if you pre-order!