Old-Fashioned Vintage Christmas Candy Recipes

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Oh my goodness, I am dying to share several of my family’s Vintage Christmas Candy recipes, and those from a good friend! Many of these recipes are well over 70 years old, so I had to modify the margarine to butter and so forth. It is so fun to dig through my mom’s recipes and those from my friend, Leanne. I met Leanne through my blog and I so wish we were neighbors because we chat online like we have known each other for years. Plus, we share ideas for preparedness. Thank you, Leanne!!

I’m looking on Facebook and people are sharing their pictures of their Christmas trees all decorated and we haven’t even had turkey for Thanksgiving. I LOVE it! I can picture my two small trees on each side of the TV. It’s not too early to get started with Christmas decorations! Oh, my goodness, wait until I ask Mark to pull the trees down off the garage hanging shelves.

Vintage Christmas Candy Recipes

1. Chocolate Almond Bar Candy by Leanne L.

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Vintage Christmas Candy
Chocolate Almond Bar Candy by Leanne L.
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 1 large Almond Chocolate Bar – grated
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • Spread ½ of the chopped nuts in a small greased pan(I use a 6” X 10” glass pan)
  • Top the nuts with ½ the grated almond chocolate bar.
  • Set aside.
  • Combine in a pan over medium heat
  • 1 cup butter (salted) no substitutes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Bring to a rolling boil – takes a while and will burn very easily.  Don’t rush.  Once the butter/sugar mix is boiling, boil for 12 minutes – no longer.

     Pour hot butter/sugar mix over prepared pan and immediately cover with the rest of the grated chocolate bar, then the rest of the nuts. Press lightly into the hot sugar mixture.

     Let cool completely. When cool, use a butter knife to break the candy up.  The pieces will be irregular.

     Note: my mom also used walnuts and pecans when she had them.

2. Mom’s Honey Taffy by Leanne L.

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Vintage Christmas Candy
Mom's Honey Taffy by Leanne L.
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Touch of vanilla
Instructions
  1. Cook the first 4 ingredients without stirring to the hard ball stage. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Cool on greased dinner plates until cool enough to handle. Grease your hands and pull until creamy colored. We used butter to grease the plates and our hands.
  2. The faster it cooks the better, but watch it carefully so it doesn’t scorch. My Dad NEVER pulled taffy. He said it melted in his hands. I really think it was because the candy was so hot still and could cause blisters!!

3. Cinnamon Glass Candy by Leanne L.

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Vintage Christmas Candy
Cinnamon Glass Candy by Leanne L.
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon oil
  • Red food coloring
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Prepare a jelly roll pan (the cookie sheet with sides) by lightly greasing OR line the pan with foil that is lightly greased.
  2. Mix sugar, syrup, and water together in a large heavy pan. Bring to the hard crack stage (300°F - 310°F). Stir constantly. Add cinnamon oil and food coloring to reach the desired color. Pour into prepared pan. Cool completely. Break into pieces.

4. Mom’s Homemade Divinity

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Vintage Christmas Candy
Mom's Homemade Divinity by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cups chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied cherries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt in a large heavy pan. Bring this mixture to a boil and continue boiling until it reaches a "hard ball stage" (265 degrees). Now, beat the egg whites until stiff, slowly pour the hot syrup above over the egg whites beating with a high speed on your mixer. Add vanilla, and continue to beat for 4-5 minutes or until the candy starts to take shape. Fold in nuts and cherries. Quickly drop teaspoon size pieces of the candy onto a buttered cookie sheet.

5. Peanut Brittle by Leanne L.

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Vintage Christmas Candy
Peanut Brittle by Leanne L.
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cup nuts (mixed nuts work great!)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. Prepare a jelly roll pan by lightly greasing OR line the pan with foil and lightly grease the foil.
  2. In a heavy pan, bring the sugar, syrup, and water to the hard ball stage. Remove from heat and stir in the nuts. Return to the heat and continue to cook until tan. Remove from heat. Add the baking soda and stir. Pour into the prepared pan. Cool completely. Break into pieces.
  3. NOTE: Mom always used salted mixed nuts – she actually did not like peanuts! So, to peanut or not to peanut, that is the question!

6. Rocky Road Fudge

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Vintage Christmas Candy
Rocky Road Fudge by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 people
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups evaporated milk (not Eagle Brand)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 20 large marshmallows
  • 2 cups chopped nuts
  • 10-15 large marshmallows cut into pieces (then freeze them)
Instructions
  1. Grab a large bowl and cut the chocolate chips into the butter. Set aside. Now combine the sugar, milk and the 20 marshmallows to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour this mixture over the chocolate chips and butter mixture. Stir until thick. Add the nuts and the vanilla and the frozen marshmallows. Pour into buttered 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Chill until firm. Cut into squares.

7. Easy To Make Caramel’s

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Vintage Christmas Candy
Easy Caramel's by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white Karo Syrup
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Butter a 9-inch by 9-inch pan. Combine the ingredients in a medium to large size heavy pot and cook over medium heat until it reaches 242 degrees (or a firm ball stage). Add the chopped nuts if desired. Pour into the buttered pan. Let the caramel set overnight. Cut into one-inch squares and wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap. This recipe makes about 50 one-inch squares.

Final Word

I hope you enjoy trying some of the old-fashioned Vintage Christmas Candy recipes by my family and Leanne’s family. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.

 

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14 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Vintage Christmas Candy Recipes

  • November 13, 2018 at 8:07 am
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    Linda, your timing is perfect! I have been searching for the candy recipes I made as a kid and they must have gotten lost in the last several moves I have made. Now I have all of them in one place thanks to you! Do you know of a Divinity recipe that is just the fluff? No nuts or choc chips or fruit? I seem to recall making some with my Mom but it was just the fluffy stuff that melted in your mouth. I thought we baked it on a low temp but its been so long I can barely remember. Thanks for all your great info! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • November 13, 2018 at 8:39 am
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      Hi Pam, I was so glad that Leanne sent me some recipes that I couldn’t find. The Divinity you do not have to add the nuts or cherries. I’m hoping Leanne sees this post today. We can ask her. I will be making these in Salt Lake City, Ut. the day after Thanksgiving with some of my daughters. Happy Thanksgiving! Linda

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      • November 13, 2018 at 10:39 pm
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        Linda, I think Pam is referring to Meringues. That is how they are made. Beat up the egg whites to a fluffy bowl full. Then dip them out onto parchment paper & bake in the oven a few minutes, turn oven off & let them sit in oven overnight. Next day they are Melt-In-Your-Mouth-fluff!!! So good!! Thanks for the recipes!!

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        • November 14, 2018 at 8:41 am
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          Hi, LaRene, thanks for the tip, I think we all want to make Meringues now! Hugs, Linda

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          • November 14, 2018 at 9:30 pm
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            I have a fabulous recipe for Meringues if you need one.

          • November 15, 2018 at 4:55 am
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            LaRene, please share, I will add it to this post. I need to call you, I need some girlfriend chat time. Linda

        • November 15, 2018 at 7:33 am
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          I am going to try both the meringues and the plain divinity. The way Leanne described the plain divinity sounds like what I remember. Thank you both!

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          • November 15, 2018 at 8:06 am
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            Hi Pam, I will post that recipe when she shares it. I can hardly wait to make them!! Linda

    • November 13, 2018 at 10:48 am
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      Pam ~ I am not sure what kind of candy you made as a child that you had to bake on a low temp. Perhaps they were meringues? Anyway, the divinity does not need to have anything (nuts/fruit) added to it. I actually prefer divinity plain – like eating a cloud!! But, I have also added crushed peppermints/candy canes to the divinity or just on top. Those were yummy.

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      • November 14, 2018 at 8:37 am
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        Leanne, oh this sounds yummy with crushed peppermints/candy canes! I will try that this year! Linda

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  • November 13, 2018 at 10:36 am
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    Linda,
    It’s great to see you guys had Rocky Road Candy too. That was our Family candy for Christmas.
    But it wouldn’t be Christmas without Ribbon Candy ( which is now hard to find or if you do it’s so
    costly) another candy we use to get was candy coins. I get those each year if I can. Of course you can’t
    have Christmas without M&M’s.
    You have a recipe for Peanut Brittle, I use to make and sell it. One year I think I made maybe 50 to 100 pounds and sold it. I have never tried a recipe with water in it, might have to try it. We have a
    theme park in Missouri called Silver Dollar City and they use a recipe for Peanut Brittle using water. Ihave also “played” with the recipe and used Black Walnuts ( I have a tree) also tried sunflower seeds,
    and pecans. I do want to try cashews.

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    • November 14, 2018 at 8:36 am
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      Hi June, oh I remember Ribbon Candy!!! I love M & M’s! I love to make candy, this is such a fun time of year! Bring on the happy dance! Linda

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  • November 13, 2018 at 11:03 am
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    Linda ~
    Thank you for publishing some of my family’s favorite holiday candies. I have so many memories of mom making candies and other goodies for Christmas. One year we made something that mom called “Klefles”. The closest I can find on the internet are Kiffles, a Hungarian treat. She said it was something her mom made for the holidays. I am not sure where my grandmother got the recipe as she was not Hungarian! It is sort of a nut crescent with a pastry wrapped around a nut/sugar filling. I am sure I have the recipe somewhere but her note on the recipe was to have help making them. The year I helped her make them it seemed to take a whole day or 2 and it made a bazillion treats! what a job!

    I could go on and on with memories of helping my mother make treats and baking! This kind of blog post really brings on the memories for me. Makes me miss my mother so much.

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    • November 14, 2018 at 8:40 am
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      Hi, Leanne, your mom would be so excited to share her recipes with the world!I’m sure she is smiling from heaven! Thank goodness for memories, life is good! Linda

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