How to Make your own Old Fashion Butter Caramels and College Fudge

Homemade candies are always a special treat.  And it's always fun to gather the youngsters around and show them how to make candy.  The keys to making good homemade candy are to follow the instructions carefully.  For instance, if the directions say to stir constantly, you must stir constantly or your candy will burn or be grainy.  This Butter Caramel recipe says to cook to a firm ball stage.  You must be sure to sure to sure cold water for this test and a firm ball is one you don't shape but that forms on its own in the water.  If the recipe calls for beating the mixture, it is important to give it a good hard beating, not simple stirring.  Here are old fashion recipes for Butter Caramels and College Fudge which is a rich chocolate.

BUTTER CARAMELS
This recipe for old-fashion butter caramels is from an old church cookbook.

1 quart heavy cream
1 lb butter
4 cups granulated sugar
3 1/2 cups white corn syrup
1 lb pecan halves
vanilla

In a heavy saucepan, combine heavy cream, butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a gentle boil and boil without stirring until a firm ball forms in cold water (this will take an hour or so). Remove pan from the heat and add nuts and some vanilla to taste. Mix well. Pour into a cookie sheet that has sides. Let stand overnight. Cut into pieces and wrap in waxed paper.


COLLEGE FUDGE
This recipe is from a very old cookbook I got in a collector set.

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 tbsps cocoa
1 tbsp butter
1 cup milk
1 cup chopped nutmeats
1 tsp vanilla extract

Put the brown sugar, white sugar, and cocoa in a 2-quart saucepan; mix to blend. Add the butter and slowly pour in the milk. Stir together well. Over a low to medium heat bring the mixture to a boil. Continue boiling while stirring; cook to the soft ball in cold water stage. Cool slightly then beat until creamy. Add in the vanilla and nuts. Mix well and pour into a buttered pan to cool. Pan size will depend on whether you want thin pieces of fudge or thick pieces.

Enjoy!

About the Author:

Grandma Linda is a collector of vintage recipes. She enjoys sharing these old-time recipes on her blog at http://grandmasvintagerecipes.blogspot.com

Author: Grandma Linda
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