By Lindsay Cohn
We’re all trying to cut back on sugar, but every once in a while we get a craving for one of those classic childhood sweets. Peanut butter cups, peppermint patties, gummy bears! What we’re not craving? The high-fructose corn syrup, fake dyes, and hydrogenated fats. The solution? These healthier homemade candies. They’re sure to satisfy — without leaving you in a sugar-crash coma.
1. Almond Joy Candy Bars from Pastry Affair
These delectable coconut, almond and dark chocolate bites have just six ingredients: coconut, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, almonds, and chocolate. They couldn’t be simpler to make — or more delicious.
2. Homemade Peppermint Patties from One Green Planet
Forget faux flavoring and fillers, the center of these minty medallions are a combination of raw cashews, shredded coconut, maple syrup and pure peppermint extract.
3. Healthy Butterfingers from Chocolate Covered Katie
Crispy, crunchy, peanut buttery. Even Bart Simpson couldn’t tell these healthier homemade candies from store-bought Butterfingers. That is, unless he saw the ingredients, which include bran flakes and all-natural peanut butter.
4. Vegan Fruit Gummies from Fork and Beans
If you like gummy bears, you’re going to love these grown-up fruit snacks. They use agar (from algae) in place of gelatin to make these fruit snacks stable. Your kids will never know.
5. Healthy Peanut Butter Cups from Fit Foodie Finds
Is there anything more nostalgic than peanut butter cups? Here, a healthier take on those little cups you’ve loved since childhood.