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Molasses Candy


  • 1 quart of West India molasses
  • 1 cupful of brown sugar
  • piece of butter the size of half an egg
  • 1/2 teaspoonful of baking soda


Put West India molasses, brown sugar, butter, into a six-quart kettle. Let it boil over a slack fire until it begins to look thick, stirring it often to prevent burning. Test it by taking some out and dropping a few drops in a cup of cold water. If it hardens quickly and breaks short between the teeth it is boiled enough. Now put in baking soda, and stir it well; then pour it out into well-buttered flat tins. When partly cooled, take up the candy with your hands well buttered then pull and double, and so on, until the candy is a whitish yellow. It may be cut in strips and rolled or twisted.

If flavoring is desired, drop the flavoring on the top as it begins to cool and when it is pulled, the whole will be flavored.


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The White House Cookbook (1887).

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