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Two of the easiest candies to make during the Christmas season are brittle and bark. Neither involves any fancy tools, techniques, or know-how. Just a smidge of baking prowess and the drive to make some sweet and sugary delights at home, and you're ready to go! Our friends at Holidash have the scoop:

On the brittle side of things, there are a myriad of options. AOL Food offers a bunch of brittle recipes -- classic peanut mixes, cashews, almonds, and other tasty additions from coffee to butterscotch. There's also Candy Cane Brittle, Peppermint Brittle, Coconut Brittle, or even a Classic Nut Brittle spiced with rum and cayenne pepper.

Christmas Bark uses a similar idea, but subs in chocolate for that crisp, candy brittle. There's the classic homemade Peppermint Bark -- something you'd pay a premium for over at Williams-Sonoma, as well as Saltine Bark, M&M Bark, Chocolate Cookie Bark, or White Chocolate-Almond-Cherry Bark.

Which brittle and bark appeals to your bite?



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