Brown Sugar Candy


This sugar candy recipe is from my mother. This is only one of the many candy recipes she makes at Christmas and gives away to friends.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 pound brown sugar

  • ¾ cup evaporated milk

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Butter an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish.

  2. Stir together brown sugar and evaporated milk in a large, heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until temperature reaches between 234 and 240 degrees F (112 to 116 degrees C) or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in walnuts, butter, and vanilla. Continue to beat with a sturdy spoon until mixture loses its gloss. Pour into the prepared pan. Score into squares with a knife, then set aside until firm, about 5 minutes.

  4. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

162 Calories
5g Fat
30g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 162
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 31mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 91mg 2%

* 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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