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



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

    As always, read the entire instructions before beginning.
  • 2Place 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
  • 3Place sugar, butter, milk and coffee in large heavy sauce pan (5 to 6 quart size) over medium high heat.
  • 4Bring to a brisk boil, then lower the heat to just a brisk simmer.
  • 5The 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.
  • 6Continue 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.
  • 7When 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.
  • 8IMPORTANT: Be careful on the next steps- the candy will be way too hot to touch with your hands and can cause serious burns.
  • 9Remove 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.
  • 10Allow candy to cool on the paper for 30-45 minutes until hardened.
  • 11Store 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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