There are two chocolate holidays in July: National Chocolate Day (July 7) and National Milk Chocolate Day (July 28). Needless to say, we’ve been dreaming in chocolate lately: visions of Kit-Kats and Baby Ruths have been dancing in our heads. Which brings us to our new obsession: copycat candy recipes.
You don’t have to be a renowned chocolatier to make your own chocolate candy at home. Sometimes, all you need are two ingredients and a microwave. Want to make 100 Kit-Kat bars for yours…erm, a party? Just buy a box of vanilla wafers and some melting chocolate.
It’s that easy.
We’re not saying that copycat candies are better than the original, but it’s fun to see how close you can get to achieving the classic tastes we’ve all grown up with. We found 18 incredibly easy homemade chocolate candy recipes for you to try at home.
Almond Joy Bars
Did you know that before the Allman brothers became The Allman Brothers, they were known as the Allman Joys? While they’re not America’s sweetheart of candy bars, they’re certainly appreciated in pop culture.
Ashton from Something Swanky decided that there just wasn’t enough bites even in a king size Almond Joy-so she decided to make her own. It looks scrumptious.
Get the recipe here!
Mounds is Almond Joy’s dark chocolate sister, without the almonds. Heather from Heather’s French Press uses only 4 ingredients for this simple (and healthy) candy recipe: shredded coconut, honey, coconut oil, and dark chocolate.
Check out the recipe at Heather’s French Press!
Who on earth could resist the crunchy, buttery, flaky goodness of a chocolate covered Butterfinger? It’s an American classic. Karly’s version only requires 3 ingredients: candy corn, peanut butter, and milk chocolate.
It could be the perfect Halloween treat for your kids, after you raid their Halloween buckets for the good stuff.
Get your fingers on this recipe at Buns In My Oven!
According to Susan from My Food Obsession, these homemade Ferrero Rocher chocolates are so good that she’ll never buy another box in the store again!
This recipe calls for a heaping helping of hazelnuts, and Nutella, so be prepared for an indulgent chocolate hazelnut overload.
Get the recipe here.
These delicious, crispy candy bars aren’t easily found nowadays, but they were a staple in many chocolate lovers’ homes during the 90’s. The recipe calls for caramel, rice krispies, marshmellows, and peanut butter, making this a sticky, tasty treat.
If you’re having a hard time finding these candy bars, we have tons of Whatchamacallit bars in stock!
Get the homemade version here!
Mr. Goodbar Bites
Mr. Goodbar bars are not only understated, they’re underrated! The chocolate and peanut bars have been around since 1908, but Hershey’s didn’t want to be associated with the candy bar until 1925. Apparently combining chocolate and peanuts was frowned upon in the candy making business.
This recipe for Goodbar bites is super simple-just melt some milk chocolate bark and mix in some peanuts! It would be perfect as a holiday gift for the neighbors.
Get the (super easy) recipe here!
Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
Get your mini muffin pan out, because it’s time to make your own Reeses cups. Don’t have a mini muffin pan? That’s ok, you can make king-size cups with a regular muffin pan.
Laura from Laura’s Sweet Spot teaches you how to get the smooth, rich peanut butter center and envelope it in your own chocolate coating.
Get the recipe here.
These homemade Heath bars look like they might actually be better than the real thing. Jody from Homey Home Design uses a few key baking ingredients (brown sugar, flour, eggs, and butter) to make a crunchy base and then layers some Hershey’s bars on top for the chocolate coating.
We’re bookmarking this! Get the recipe here.
100 Grand Bars
Colleen from The Smart Cookie Cook admits that while this isn’t an exact carbon copy of the infamous 100 Grand bar, it’s BETTER. She used dulce de leche and Rice Krispies to achieve that crunchy, sticky goodness that the 100 Grand boasts.
For Colleen’s (sort of) 100 Grand recipe, click here.
Hershey’s Cookies and Cream Bars
Adam Chiasson knows that simplicity is key when it comes to making candy. His recipe for copycat Cookies and Cream bars only calls for two ingredients: mini Oreos and white chocolate.
For the instructions, click here.
This recipe is for a malted milk ball candy known as Chuckles in South Africa, but it’s the same ingredients used to make Whoppers. These homemade Whoppers aren’t perfectly round, but they actually look even more appealing than the real deal.
Find out how to make your own Whoppers here!
There is no other candy quite like Milk Duds. They’re simple, bite-size caramels covered in chocolate, and they have become a must-have for movie goers because of how long it takes to eat them.
Lauren from Oatmeal With a Fork made a healthy version of Milk Duds; the recipe includes directions for making your own caramel. If you want to save time, just buy some prepackaged caramels and make the chocolate coating from scratch.
Get the recipe here!
Despite the four-finger design of Kit-Kat bars, they’re not meant to be shared. There isn’t enough of it in one package anyway! Why would you want to give any away?
To make your own supply of Kit-Kats that you’ll never have to share, all you need are vanilla wafer cookies and melting chocolate. Is it really that easy? Try it out and let us know!
Get the copykat recipe here!
Three Musketeers Bars
The fluffiness of 3 Musketeers bars is incomparable, but according to Amanda from Fake Ginger, you can mimic the spongy center with whipped cream. We’re still not sure how frozen chocolate and whipped cream tastes, but we’re interested.
Get the recipe here!
Take 5 Bars
Take 5 is a hodge-podge of every candy on the market-the ingredients include pretzels, peanuts, caramel, and peanut butter. It’s covered in a creamy milk chocolate to give the bar a sweet and salty flavor.
Sara from Life In Bean Town decided to make her own version using waffle pretzel squares, crunchy peanut butter, and melted caramels. She stacked the ingredients on top of one another and then covered them in chocolate to make Take 5 “bites.”
Take 5 and head over to Life In Bean Town USA for the recipe!
Baby Ruth Bars
Is there anything better than being able to eat Baby Ruth bars whenever you want? We didn’t think so. Here’s another great recipe that will keep you from sneaking into your kids’ rooms after Halloween.
We all know we’re going for the Baby Ruths and Kit-Kats. These recipes are here to help.
Get the Baby Ruth recipe here!
This recipe is a bit more involved than the rest, but the end result will be worth it. Eliza from Our Table For Seven will teach you how to make each delicious layer of Snickers bars, including the nougat. Thank her later.
Check out more drool-worthy photos (and grab the recipe) at Our Table For Seven!
Milky Way Bars
Before you look at this recipe-check your pantry for marshmellow fluff, Nutella, candy coating, and milk. Don’t have those? Get to the store now, because you’re going to want to make them after seeing these pictures.
For the recipe, check out Back For Seconds.