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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Riesling Pâte de Fruit

The sugar-crusted squares of just-set fruit puree are a confection that’s worth making at home, especially with our own Justin Chapple’s genius method. Using Riesling in place of water enhances the apricot flavor and gives the candies extra dimension.    Slideshow: More Dried Fruit Recipes
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A Designer Candy Shop Is Selling Crystal Campari Ring Pops

The candy bling is infused with the cocktail ingredient's signature flavors, and part of the proceeds benefit New York City non-profit City Harvest.
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Gummy Bear Art Recreates Masterpieces

Melissa Rachel Black is the artist behind these sweet takes on Van Gogh, Seurat, Munch and more.
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7 Lollipops That Aren't Your Average Sucker

We’ll admit it: We’re suckers for a good, old-fashioned lollipop. What’s not to love? They’re a nostalgia-inducing candy that will never go out of style. But if you’re not currently repping the Lollipop Guild, just know that these treats aren’t the same rainbow-colored confections you remember from your childhood. Nowadays, there are tons of new flavors and unexpected twists on the original confection. So, with National Lollipop Day just around the corner (on July 20!), we searched high and low to see what candy makers are coming up with these days. — Rebekah Lowin
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Pastillas, sometimes called pastillas de leche, are a milky, chewy candy from the Philippines. Some recipes call for reducing fresh milk with cornstarch until it is very thick. Using a popular variation on this technique, we mix nonfat dry milk with sweetened condensed milk to make the thick, sticky dough in just minutes. We also added salt, vanilla and ground cinnamon to our pastillas dough to complement the candy’s smooth, milky flavor.  Slideshow: More Candy Ideas
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The Ultimate Candy-Making Equipment List

Homemade candy is a perfect, thoughtful (and needless to say, impressive!) gift. Whether you’re making colorful lollipops, buttery caramels or fluffy marshmallows, the secret to accomplishing each recipe flawlessly is precision. From scales to thermometers to lollipop sticks, we have you covered. Here, our ultimate equipment list for the budding candy maker. – Anna Painter & Julia Heffelfinger