Keto Candy


Create any candy imaginable with this base sugar-free candy recipe

From salt water taffy and caramels to high chews, lollipops and jolly ranchers, learn how to make any keto candy with this base recipe. Using just 3 ingredients as your foundation, you can turn your confectioner's favorites into sugar-free delights.

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Do you love candy but don’t want all the sugar? Then this recipe is for you! These sweet treats are the fastest way to beat a sweet tooth besides my other favorites like my microwave chocolate chip cookie or some almond joy bites.

You can create homemade keto candies that are sweet and delicious, but made with low carb ingredients instead of sugar. You can customize these treats to your taste preference by using different flavors and changing the length of cooking time to create different textures – like taffy, medium chews, hard chews or hard candy. This base recipe of just 3 ingredients will help you make any type of candy you crave. So go ahead, get creative in the kitchen and indulge!

Candy making at home doesn’t have to be complicated or involve fancy equipment like candy thermometers. In fact, you don’t even need a candy thermometer to make keto candy. Instead we go off of cooking time and appearance of our liquid candy mixture to achieve a particular type of candy.

How to make keto candy

  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Lower heat to low-medium.
  2. Stir in sugar-free syrup, sweetener, salt and food coloring if using. Cook until boiling or bubbles start to form. At this stage, you have made a thick syrup. Remove from the heat now if you want to make caramel syrup or sauces for cheesecake or ice cream. Depending on the consistency of candy you are looking to create, cook for additional time.
  3. Pour into candy molds or onto parchment paper and refrigerate until hardened.

four stages of candy making for making to show the level of hardness

Types of Keto Candy

  • Soft Chew / Taffy: If you are making taffy or a soft chew, continue cooking past the initial boil phase until the mixture starts to get frothy and foamy. Let cook for an additional minute. Then remove from heat.
  • Medium Chew / Caramels: To make a medium chew like a caramel candy, continue cooking past the initial boil phase until the mixture starts to get frothy and foamy. Let cook for an additional 2 minutes or just until the liquid candy has thickened and you can scrape a spoon on the bottom of the sauce pan and see the pan. Remove from the heat and quickly pour into molds.
  • Hard Chew / Hi-Chew Candies: To make a hard chewy candy, cook past the initial boil phase and the frothy and foamy stage. Cook for additional 3 minutes or just the liquid is thick and if you lift your spoon out of the liquid candy it starts pull off in a ribbon.
  • Hard Candy: To make hard candies like lollipops or suckers, cook past the above stages until large clear bubbles start to form. Remove from heat and quickly pour into molds.

Base Candy Ingredients

To make the base candy recipe, you need 3 ingredients, plus salt – which I figures most already have in their pantry.

  • Butter: Adds fat and flavor to our candy recipes. This is a necessary ingredient in caramels and toffees. Make sure you use unsalted butter, especially since we are adding salt to the candy recipe.
  • Sugar-Free Syrup: The only syrup that I use for making keto candy is by ChocZero. Their syrup is made from soluble corn fiber so it is sugar-free and sugar alcohol free. It is thick like maple syrup and comes in a variety of flavors. I mostly use Vanilla and Caramel in my recipes for candy. Their sugar-free syrups are an invaluable ingredient and can’t be substituted as it works like corn syrup to prevent the crystallization in sweet candy.
  • Sweetener: Granulated sugar-free sweetener is added for sweetness. You can use a monkfruit blend sweetener or allulose in this recipe.
  • Salt: Salt enhances the flavor and balances the sweetness of all types of candy. If making salt water taffy, we add just a pinch salt to achieve that sweet salty flavor.
  • Flavoring: Any flavoring can be added to your candies. It’s best if using extracts to add them right after cooking but before pouring into the mold in order to preserve the flavor.


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Keto Candy Base Ingredients

Add To Make Keto Taffy Ingredients

Add To Make Keto Caramel Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Add To Make Keto Hi-Chews Ingredients

Add To Make Keto Jolly Ranchers Ingredients

Keto Candy Directions

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Why it's better to make your own keto candy at home?

Sugar-free candy is easy to find than it used to be. Online retailers like Amazon are selling keto candies from different brands, like Smart Sweets. You can even find some sugar-free candies at the grocery store. Many of these are marketed to people with diabetes. Although, it’s exciting to see more and more confectioner options available to those on this lifestyle, they can be expensive (up to $10 for a small bag of candy) or can produce unpleasant side effects if you eat too much of them.

Sugar alcohols like maltitol are used to make many of these popular sugar-free candies we see at the grocery store. They are okay to eat in moderation but eating them in excess can cause bloating, gas and diarrhea. Maltitol can also still increase your insulin and blood sugar, so it’s not the ideal sweetener on the keto diet.

Making keto candy from home eliminates the excessive cost and the unwanted digestive problems associated with just buying candies at the store. Plus with this base recipe, you can make any low carb candy you desire!

a bunch of keto candy on a sheet of parchment paper

What equipment do I need to make candy?

Using the instructions, pictures and video in this recipe as a guide, there is no need to purchase a candy thermometer. The only equipment you really need to make this keto candy recipe is a candy mold. I recommend a silicone mold as it is easy to pop out the candies once they have hardened.

How do you store keto candy?

Store your low carb candy in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. You can even freeze your candy if you want to make a bunch and enjoy it over the next few months.

The candy can be stored at room temperature for a short time but it does start of soften, especially if you make a soft or medium chew.

Can you eat candy on keto?

Yes, as long as it is sugar-free and low in carbs. Ideally, you want to stay under 20 g net carbs a day on the keto diet, so if the candy you eat keeps you under that number, you will be in ketosis.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Candy

Servings: 30

Amount Per Serving
Calories 11
Fat 0.7g
Protein 0g
Total Carbs 1.7g
Net Carbs 0.2g

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