Whether you prefer chocolate truffles or gummy bears, black licorice or sticky caramel, these sugary treats hearken back to childhood trick-or-treating and birthday piñatas. We love incorporating store-bought candies into some of our favorite recipes, like this one for chocolate chip cookies from Christina Tosi, as well as this colorful cocktail that's perfect for Halloween. We also enjoy making our own sweets, such as these chocolate truffles embellished with raspberries, roasted almonds and candied ginger. If you're a candy connoisseur or simply have a hankering for sugar, Food & Wine's guide to candy has a recipe for every occasion.

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Peppermint Rock Candy

Like stalactites, these shimmering clusters of peppermint-flavored crystals take time to form. It’s a captivating (and sweet!) science experiment that’s beautiful to behold as the candy comes to life on your kitchen counter. Clothespins might seem like an odd tool to use in candymaking, but they are perfect for suspending the lollipop sticks in the sugar solution. Flavored with a splash of cool, refreshing peppermint oil, any leftover peppermint syrup can be stirred into hot chocolate or cocktails. Want to gift these? Individually wrap dried candy in cellophane, and secure with a decorative string or a twist tie.