sallye bates


Another great holiday candy recipe. Chock full of goodness (and calories), these make a wonderful presentation on a Christmas candy platter or as a gift.

A little time consuming, but well worth the time and effort.


★★★★★ 1 vote

5 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


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  • 4 c
    light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c
    butter (1 stick)
  • 28 oz
    eagle brand sweetened milk (2 cans)
  • 2 c
    freshly brewed coffee (not instant!)
  • 2 Tbsp
    good quality brandy
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 oz
    unsweetened baking chocolate (chopped)
  • 4 c
    pecan halves



  1. NOTE: Do not begin this if you have limited time - this recipe needs your full attention

    As always, read the entire instructions before beginning.
  2. Place a length of parchment paper approximately 36" long on a clean flat surface.

    Optional - You can use aluminum foil very lightly sprayed with butter flavored cooking oil
  3. Place sugar, butter, milk and coffee in large heavy sauce pan (5 to 6 quart size) over medium high heat.
  4. Bring to a brisk boil, then lower the heat to just a brisk simmer.
  5. The mixture will foam over the sides of the pan for the next 20 to 25 minutes. Whisk down the foam until it no longer overflows.
  6. Continue cooking at a brisk simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, until a spoon of the hot mixture dropped into a bowl of cold water forms a soft ball.

    PATIENCE, you do not want to undercook the mixture.
  7. When mixture is at soft ball stage, add the brandy, vanilla, chocolate and pecans, stirring them into the candy with a wooden spoon until well blended.
  8. IMPORTANT: Be careful on the next steps- the candy will be way too hot to touch with your hands and can cause serious burns.
  9. Remove a 1-1/2" to 2" scoop of candy mixture with a tablespoon, and use another tablespoon to scrape the ball of candy onto the parchment paper.

    Working as quickly as you can, continue until you have used all the candy mixture.
  10. Allow candy to cool on the paper for 30-45 minutes until hardened.
  11. Store in an airtight container.

    Tip: It's okay to sample before you store.

    Will keep in fridge for several weeks.

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Course/Dish: Other Appetizers, Candies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: Southwestern

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