Oklahoma Nut Candy


The name “Oklahoma Nut Candy” alone piques the interest of anyone with a sweet tooth, or even a casual curiosity about iconic American treats. As a food blogger, I couldn’t resist delving into this delectable confectionery’s origins and culinary intricacies. If you’ve never tried Oklahoma Nut Candy before, let me entice you with a recipe that has roots tracing back to 1936 and, in a few steps, takes you to sugar heaven.

History: From ‘Aunt Bill’s Brown Candy’ to a Nationwide Treat

The journey of Oklahoma Nut Candy, initially called Aunt Bill’s Brown Candy, began with a recipe published in 1936 in The Daily Oklahoman. Ever since, it has meandered its way into the hearts (and recipe books) of countless Americans, becoming a staple for the holiday season. It’s a treat that embodies the power of culinary traditions, passed down from generation to generation.

Ingredients: The Magic of Six Cups of Sugar

When it comes to ingredients, you’re in for a sweet ride. The recipe calls for an astonishing six cups of sugar, along with other staples like heavy cream and unsalted butter. But let’s not rush to judgment. This amount of sugar, while it might seem excessive, has stood the test of time and is key to achieving that classic texture and flavor.

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Customization: Pecans, Walnuts, or Peanuts?

While the sugar may be non-negotiable, the choice of nuts gives you room to play. Pecans and walnuts have been the popular choice historically, but peanuts could offer a twist. I decided to stick to the classics and used pecans in my version. It’s your call—think of it as a way to put your own stamp on this time-honored treat.

Technique: Mastering the Art of Candy-Making

You might think that a recipe with such straightforward ingredients would be simple to execute. Think again. The process demands precision. A candy thermometer is indispensable, as are a vigilant eye and a steady hand for stirring. Follow each step meticulously, and you’ll see the magic unfold.

Troubleshooting: What Could Go Wrong?

Candy-making is part science and part art. So, what do you do if your first attempt doesn’t go as planned? If your mixture isn’t setting correctly, it’s likely due to the sugar not reaching the correct temperature. Keep that candy thermometer close and stick to the indicated softball stage at 244 degrees F. Precision is the name of the game here.

Storage: Savoring it Now or Saving for Later?

Once your Oklahoma Nut Candy is ready, you may wonder: can it be stored? The answer is a resounding yes. The candy can be left to cool for a couple of hours or even overnight. Afterward, it’s ready to be cut into squares and stored in an airtight container, making it a perfect gift or a treat to be savored at a later date.


1 Comment

  1. Florence Story

    5 stars
    This is one of those holiday recipes (the other Divinity) that you must pull out (several times during the Holiday)!!

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