Holiday Candies Inspired by Starbucks Holiday

Give candies with a hint of spice

Homemade holiday candies aren't exactly a novel idea, so if that's your plan this year, you had better be sure yours stand out from the crowd. This year, take inspiration from Starbucks holiday offerings and upgrade traditional sweets with hints of spice. The result? Creative, delicious and sophisticated gifts your family will love.

Borrow notes from the Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew with cinnamon, molasses and vanilla, or from the Holiday Spiced Flat White with an ultra-cozy blend of nutmeg, cloves, ginger and tangerine. It's easy to incorporate these flavors into treats like truffles and caramel.

Now, whether your "gift" actually makes it off your kitchen counter? That's up to you.

Cinnamon: Spicy Pumpkin-Seed Brittle

This isn't your grandma's peanut brittle—although, maybe she'd like you to send her some! This pumpkin seed brittle (see the recipe) gets a spicy kick from cinnamon and cayenne.

Nutmeg and Cloves: Deck the Ramen Balls

Ramen noodles are the secret ingredient that give crunch to these easy truffles (see the recipe). Add a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg and cloves to dress them up for the holidays.

Vanilla: Homemade Marshmallows

Is there anything prettier that a huge, fluffy homemade marshmallow? Give your loved ones a bag of homemade vanilla marshmallows (learn how to make them) as the perfect compliment to Starbucks Holiday Spice Flat White.

Molasses: Chocolate Candy Cane Buttons

Looking for something that feels vintage? These chocolate candy cane buttons (see the recipe) get a lovely base note from molasses.

Ginger: Chocolate Bark

Love the combo of sweet and salty? This chocolate bark (see the recipe) gets crunch from granola and bite from crystallized ginger.

Tangerine: Candied-Orange Shortbread

For the gift recipient who loves to bake: Homemade candied tangerine peel is a most delightful pantry addition. Package it in a pretty container and write this shortbread recipe (see the recipe) on the card—they'll be inspired to get creative in the New Year.