Would you love to know how to make the best homemade candy ever? As a little girl, I can still remember pulling taffy, did you do that? We would have our hands coated with butter and start pulling the taffy until it was just perfect. I haven’t made taffy for years. It’s a fun thing to do with a large group of people or just your family for an entertaining evening. Today, these are some of my childhood candy recipes I have made for years.
I love going to church and neighborhood parties that have a table filled end to end with homemade candy. Of course, I love the famous See’s Candy, but there is something about handcrafted candy, especially if it has chocolate and nuts. Any kind of candy with nuts is yummy!!
Rocky Road Fudge
- 12- ounces chocolate chips
- 1 cup softened butter
- 4 cups sugar
- 1-1/2 cups evaporated milk
- 20 large marshmallows
- 2 cups chopped nuts (I like pecans or almonds)
- 10-15 large marshmallows (cup up and frozen)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- In a large bowl, cut the chocolate chips into the butter and set aside. Bring the sugar, milk and 20 marshmallows to a boil over medium heat. Boil for five minutes, stirring constantly. Pour this mixture over the butter and chocolate chips. Stir until thick. And nuts, vanilla, and frozen marshmallows. Pour into buttered 9 by 13-inch pan. Chill until firm. Cut into squares when chilled.
2nd Rocky Road Fudge Recipe
- 12- ounce package chocolate chips
- 1 can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
- 10-1/2 ounces miniature marshmallows
- In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt the chocolate chips with the sweetened condensed milk and butter, stirring constantly, remove from heat. In a large bowl, combine nuts, and marshmallows, fold in the chocolate mixture. Spread into buttered 9 by 13-inch pan. Chill two hours or until firm. Cut into squares.
Easy Homemade Caramels
- 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup white/clear Karo syrup
- Combine all ingredients above in a saucepan and cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly until the temperature reaches 242 degrees (or a firm ball stage). A firm ball stage is achieved by dropping a little caramel into a cold cup of ice water. If it's ready it will make a firm ball. Add one cup of nuts, if desired.
- Pour into a buttered 9 by 9-inch pan. Let it sit overnight on the counter. Cut into squares and wrap in waxed paper or place in tiny foil cups (similar to cupcake holders). Makes about 50-one inch pieces.
Easy English Toffee
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 5 tablespoons water
- 1-2 cups chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup finely chopped nut
- Cook in a large skillet, stirring constantly over medium heat until caramel color (medium brown). Add 1/2 cup sliced almonds or pecans. Then pour the mixture onto a buttered cookie sheet, spread quickly, sprinkle 1-2 cups chocolate chips on top. When slightly melted, spread the chocolate chips around, sprinkle with finely chopped walnuts on top. Break apart when cool.
Are you making homemade candy this year? What is your favorite one you like to make? I love the holidays because it’s such a happy time of the year. I need to turn on some Chrismas music. Have you brought out the Christmas Carols, yet?