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Candy making was a common social event in the 19th century. What better way to entice a young man to come calling than to have a candy making party and invite your friends. Below is a recipe from the 1800s with the terminology of the times. For example, sweet milk simply meant milk that hadn't gone sour on you. I find the recipe works better if I use a thick bottomed pan and if I don't try it on a rainy day.
Boil together (stirring often if not constantly):
1 pound of white sugar
1/4 pound of chocolate
4 tablespoons of molasses
1 cup of sweet milk
a piece of butter as big as a walnut.
Drop a bit into a cup of cold water, when it harden, flavor with vanilla, if you want throw in a cup of pecans, and pour on a buttered slab or pan. While still a bit warm, cut in squares.
If you do try this recipe, take a picture and send it to me. Enjoy! 


Julia M. Reffner said...

What a neat post, AJ. I've never tried candy-making...is this as easy as it sounds??

Tina Dee Books said...

YUM! Now that sounds like something Lil Tiger would love to make AND eat!

Thanks for the fun and interesting posts, AJ!

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Thank you for this authentic and delicious-sounding recipe. How cool is that? :D

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

I've got to print this out. Mouthwatering..yum!

A J Hawke said...

Hi Julia,

It is very easy to prepare, but you never know if it is going to set to the perfect consistency or not. I'm made candy that I ended up eating with a spoon and then I've made candy that was so hard that the plate broke before the candy did. But when it makes to that perfect cinsistency, mmmmm...

Carla Gade said...

What as fun and delicious sounding recipe. Never would have figured molasses would be an ingredient, but I guess they used that a lot in those days. "butter as big as a walnut" how funny!


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I love the wind in my face, the open sky before me, the romance and flavor of the West, but, most of all, our loving and living God, who created it all. I love how He works out His plans in the realm of human events, which is His Story. I have been blessed with a gift: a compulsion to write Historical and present-day novels set in the American West that demonstrate His power to transform ordinary people into true heroes and heroines. I am just a scribe really. I find the joy of participating in the creation of inspirational fiction indescribable. May our Lord Jesus Christ receive all of the credit and be glorified.

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