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Heights of Glory
This honeycomb looks like caramel while cooking—then you add baking soda, and the candy bubbles and, just like that, becomes a light and airy concoction. Drizzle with melted chocolate, or snap off a piece to eat straight out of the pan.

Get the recipe: Honeycombs


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Jolly Lollies
Liz Gutman and Jen King use natural flavorings like tea, honey, fruit, and herbs in their sweet licks, but you can make more traditional pops with purchased food coloring and flavors. As with all the recipes here, making these requires caution; the hot sugar syrup can cause severe burns. Candy should be made on a cool, dry day or in an air-conditioned kitchen. It's also a good idea to invest in a candy thermometer that clips onto the pot, so you don't have to hold it; look for one at Amazon.com.

Get the recipe: DIY Lollies

Sea Salt Caramels

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It's a Wrap
These caramels come together quickly, requiring just seven common ingredients. The soft chews, however, are far from standard—a dash of sea salt makes them all grown-up. To serve candy-store style, wrap individual pieces in parchment paper and secure the ends with a simple twist.

Get the recipe: Sea Salt Caramels

Fruit Jellies

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Jellybeans for Grown-ups
Like those colorful confections from your youth, these gels have soft centers and crisp shells.

Get the recipes: Blackberry Fruit Jellies and Lime Fruit Jellies

Honey Caramel Corn Balls

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Pop Stars
Cracker Jacks have nothing on these caramel corn balls. Salty peanuts are mixed throughout (protein!), so you can almost convince yourself that these count as dinner.

Get the recipe: Honey Caramel Corn Balls

Snacker Candy Bars

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Save Room
Sure, they look like the convenience-store snacks you gobbled up as a kid, but these finished snacker bars taste so amazing, you could serve them at your next dinner party.

Get the recipe: Snacker Candy Bars

Bonus! Candy-makers King and Gutman demonstrate how to make them.