Aunt Bill's Brown Candy


Very rich brown candy, this recipe is a keeper. Makes for a family candy-making event! You may need a helper to take turns beating.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
5 pounds


  • 6 cups white sugar, divided

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 pounds pecan halves or pieces


  1. Butter a 9x13-inch dish and a medium, heavy saucepan.

  2. Combine 4 cups sugar and cream in the buttered saucepan. Set aside.

  3. Pour remaining 2 cups sugar in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar begins to melt.

  4. Place the saucepan with sugar and cream over low heat, stirring occasionally.

  5. Continue to cook and stir sugar in the skillet until completely melted and light brown. Pour melted sugar very slowly, in a thin stream, into the lightly simmering cream, stirring constantly. This step may take about 5 minutes, and works best if someone pours the melted sugar very slowly.

  6. Heat, without stirring, to 242 to 248 degrees F (116 to 120 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a firm but pliable ball. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda (mixture will foam). Drop the butter into the foaming mixture and let rest without stirring for 30 minutes.

  7. Stir in vanilla with a wooden spoon and continue to stir vigorously until mixture loses its gloss, 10 to 15 minutes. Then fold in pecans and quickly turn candy into the prepared 9x13-inch dish. Let cool until just warm and cut into 1-inch pieces.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

114 Calories
8g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 117
Calories 114
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 35mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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