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Microwave Candy Recipes

Quick and Easy Candies That Are Made in the Microwave

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Sometimes candymaking is about the joy of being in the kitchen, about watching the hot cream melt chocolate into smooth ganache, or about stirring caramel on the stove until it reaches the perfect temperature. But let's face it, sometimes you just want instant gratification! These microwave candy recipes are fast to make and require just a few minutes of time in the microwave, so they're perfect for hot days, young helpers, or sudden sugar cravings. Try one of these microwave candy recipes today and see how quickly and easily you can make fudge, turtles, caramel apples, and more!

1. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
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Chocolate covered strawberries are a classic! These romantic standbys make an easy and elegant candy dessert. You can substitute white or milk chocolate for semi-sweet, or experiment with double-dipping the strawberries in different chocolates to vary the flavor and appearance.

2. Microwave Fudge

Microwave Fudge
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An indulgent chocolate fudge that requires just a handful of ingredients and a few minute's work in the microwave? Try this easy fudge recipe, and you'll be amazed at how simple it is to make and how quickly it comes together. It's also very flexible, so try adding your favorite nuts, or chopped candies, or dried fruits to really customize this microwave fudge recipe.

3. Milky Way Balls

Milky Way Balls
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Milky Way Balls are rice crispy treats with a special surprise melted in--Milky Way candy bars! The gooey, rich, crunchy balls are dipped in chocolate for a beautiful, tasty finishing touch. Kids will love seeing their favorite candy bars transformed into an entirely different candy.

4. Turtle Candy

turtle candy
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With just 3 ingredients, these classic candies couldn't be simpler. Toasted pecans are clustered together and drenched with melted caramel and chocolate. This is also a good recipe for young helpers, who might enjoy arranging the nuts into turtle shapes.

5. Microwave Peanut Brittle

Microwave Peanut Brittle
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Love peanut brittle but hate how long it takes to make? Then this Microwave Peanut Brittle recipe is for you! In less than 10 minutes your peanut brittle is fully cooked in the microwave. It's fast and easy, and I bet you won't even notice a difference from traditional peanut brittle. Try it with other nuts too!

6. Caramel Peanut Pretzel Bites

Caramel Peanut Pretzel Bites
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Caramel Peanut Pretzel Bites taste like miniature candy bars! These bite-sized treats feature peanut butter-filled pretzels, wrapped in caramel and covered in semi-sweet chocolate and a sprinkling of salted peanuts.

7. Swirled Nutella Fudge

Swirled Nutella Fudge
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Swirled Nutella Fudge is an easy 3-ingredient fudge with the delicious chocolate-hazelnut taste of Nutella and a beautiful swirled design.

8. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels

chocolate pretzels
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Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels are easy to make, and the combination of sweet chocolate and salty, crunchy pretzels is fantastic.

9. Candy Bar Fudge

candy bar fudge
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Rich chocolate, gooey caramel, and crunchy nuts combine to form decadent Candy Bar Fudge. The triple layers of this amazing treat take a little work, but since all of the cooking is done in the microwave, this fudge can be made and enjoyed in no time.

10. Peanut Caramel Chocolate Cups

Peanut Caramel Chocolate Cups
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Peanut Caramel Chocolate Cups are chocolate candy cups with a delicious salted peanut caramel inside. The combination of bittersweet chocolate, sweet creamy caramel, crunchy nuts, and flaky sea salt is unbeatable. Making the chocolate cups takes a little time, but I think it's worth it to spend a few extra minutes for such a gourmet-tasting treat.

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