- Nov 26, 2016
- central NC
I think most folks enjoy biting into a candy that reminds them of their childhood Christmases. It can be magical! As it turns out, many of our favorites originated in the 19th century. The first chocolate bar was made in 1847 and milk chocolate was invented in 1875. Our modern marshmallows were invented about 1850. Toffee was invented in the early 19th century and fudge was invented in the the USA in the 1880s. Peanut brittle and jelly beans were also invented in the 19th century.
So, what was your favorite childhood Christmas candy? What is your favorite today? Share your favorites and share some recipes so others can enjoy them too. Any and all recipes are welcome, but let's try to share some that were enjoyed during the 19th century. I'll get us started with:
Peppermint Rock Candy
3 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
1 pinch salt
Powdered sugar - enough to cover a cookie sheet
1 teaspoon peppermint oil and 1 teaspoon of food coloring of your choice.
1)Mix sugar, corn syrup, water and salt in a large, heavy saucepan. Cook these ingredients until the candy thermometer shows the temperature to be 300 degrees. Another way of knowing that the mixture has reached the desirable temperature is by releasing a few drops of the mixture in cold water. The moment these drops separate into hard threads, the appropriate temperature has been reached.
2)Stir candy with a wooden spoon to help avoid scorching of the mixture.
3)Remove from heat and add peppermint oil and food coloring of your choice.
4)Prepare a cookie sheet and sprinkle powdered sugar on it. Pour the mix onto the cookie sheet.
5)When the candy spread on the cookie sheet begins to harden, break the candy into pieces. It is then ready to be served.
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