Mom was a young mother in the depression 1930's and she found this recipe and made it for Christmas Gifts. Then she made it each year after and it is a treasure for us all. This is not easy, it is a two syrup candy and takes patience but it is a family tradition and I will try to give directions that will walk you through it.
- add 1st Syrup = 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water
- add First start this on the stove in a very heavy pan.
- add This is a medium size for 1st syrup and larger pan for 2nd
- add 2nd Syrup = 2 cups sugar
- add 1 cup Karo light corn syrup
- add 1/2 cup water
- add Put into large heavy pan and begin to heat.
- add In heavy duty mixer beat 3 egg whites as for meringue (not to dry)
- add Test 1st syryp until spins very short thread.
- add Don't cook this 1 too long. Place lid on 2nd syrup
- add Beat 1st syrup gradually into egg whites in mixer.
- add Back to 2nd syrup cook until you test that it spins a long thread Without breaking should be 7" long before it breaks
- Beat 2nd syrup gradually into egg whites mixture and add 1 tsp vanilla. Beat until it gets hard to beat with mixer.Take off mixer and add chopped nuts and (chopped) candied cherries and beat by hand until it loses gloss and holds shape very strong in a peak. (repeat it should have no gloss)
- Have table covered with wax paper and now start to quickly turn out the candy with two teaspoons. Making small dollups of candy that measure an inch and a half. Fill the table top with all the candy mounds and it will start to sit up as you scoop it out, so work fast.
- Makes about 60 pieces
- 1 batch will fill 2 large boxes or 3 smaller ones.
- Cover with paper overnight ad let set before packing into the containers.
- ***Beware do not try to make this if it is raining or high humid. This will not set up if it is in humidity...it will have to be rolled into a log with wax paper and coated with nuts. You are best not to even try. This is a very tricky candy, but so worth the heavenly light taste that melts in your mouth. This is an old recipe and you may have to make two to get the feel to it.