Thursday, January 5, 2012


Whenever I think about brown sugar candy I think about one of my favorite uncles.  He has been gone for years and I seldom saw him the last 20 or 30 years of his life.  He loved brown sugar fudge so anytime I make brown sugar candy I am reminded of him.  Sometimes I wonder what is better, the candy or the memories.

3/4 cup butter
3 cups packed light brown sugar
1 can (5-oz) evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped black walnuts*

Butter a 9-inch square pan or dish; set aside.

In a heavy saucepan bring the butter, brown sugar, and milk to a boil.  Cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often.  Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and walnuts.  Beat the mixture just until it begins to thicken.  Pour candy into the prepared pan or dish.  Let stand until cool; this candy sets-up quickly.  Cut into 36 squares and place on plate, in a candy dish or may be kept in an airtight container.

*If you do not have black walnuts or just don't like them, substitute English walnuts.


Sunny Patch Cottage said...

OOOooohh I loved these growing up (and I"m only 34)! I'll have to make these for my family and see how long they last!!

Honouria said...

Excellent recipe. The directions are easy to follow and the result is delicious.

Honouria said...

I tried this recipe yesterday, having never made brown sugar candy before. The directions were easy to follow and work every step of the way. The end result was outstanding. Many thanks for this recipe.

P Kreutzer said...

My mom made this type of candy a lot when I was growing up. She added maple flavoring when she had it....yummy! She also made a chocolate version using cocoa. I miss you, Mom.

Amanda Lavery said...

Silly question..should I beat with a wooden spoon or mixer

Linda Hampton said...

My mother used to make brown sugar fudge (penuche). I loved it. Have to try this.

Linda Wilson said...

Amanda Lavery, beat with the spoon.

Unknown said...

I make my mom's/grandma's penuche all the time - it's always a huge hit. My recipe is a bit different though as it uses regular sugar instead of powdered. I've also started using browned butter instead of regular butter and I add a splash of maple syrup. This recipe sounds easier than mine and the results look delicious. I might have to try this version too!