Indulging in copious amounts of candy is one of the best things about the holiday season. Everywhere you look, there’s a bowl of delicious gumdrops, chocolates, or peppermint bark just waiting for you to scoop up a handful and eat. It’s tough not to consider every day a cheat day when various confectionaries are being offered to you left and right. But just because there’s candy all over the place this time of year doesn’t mean that all of it is created equal — and if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that life is too short to waste time on mediocre sweets.
Ahead, we’ve found the best Christmas candies to buy this year that will help you get in the holiday spirit. From budget-friendly options you can buy in bulk to homemade holiday treats you’ll need to special order on Etsy, these Christmas candies make incredible stocking stuffers and party favors. You can even mail a goodie bag of them to friends and family to remind them you’re thinking about them this holiday season (especially if you won’t get to see loved ones in person this year). Don’t forget to save a few for yourself too — indulging in these Christmas candies you can buy is the perfect way to unwind after a long day of cooking Christmas dinner or brainstorming creative ways to wrap gifts.