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Old Time Molasses Hard Candy

Recipe Information
Simple nugget candy heated to hardcrack stage

Alberta Joyce Reid

Serves/Makes:one dozen

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) of molasses
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) of vinegar
  • 1 little splash of lemon juice
  • Mix ingredients in a small saucepan.
  • Stir constantly and heat over medium-high to boiling.
  • Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until a piece of the candy turns brittle in cold water.
My grandmother who lived in Beaumont,Newfoundland made this candy and my mother makes it still. The candy is most often used as a lozenge for sore throats. My mother uses white vinigar but I might try an apple cider vinigar instead. She also simply heats the candy in a saucepan directly over the stove element. I would probably use a double boiler but the risk of water drops getting into the candy might be problematic. I hope this is the recipe you are looking for. I remember the candy has a lovely tawney colour.