Old Fashioned Candy

Flip it!

This is an old recipe from my childhood. Many people have memories of cutting this candy with their mother’s and grandmothers. I have passed it on and am now posting here for all to share in this classic tradition!

A dusting of confectioner’s sugar gives a frosty look to this old-fashioned holiday candy from field editor Amy Short of Lesage, West Virginia. “The color is beautiful and people are surprised by the wonderful watermelon flavor!”

A simple method for making old-fashioned hard candy, based on a family recipe. This candy ships well and stays fresh for a long time, making it ideal for gift-giving.

This is a great holiday craft/cooking project to do with your kids! Not only will they love arranging their candy in different shapes and patterns, they will also love seeing the (surprising) end result. I was surprised myself – and I am years beyond my childhood.


3 cups sugar

1 cup white corn syrup

½ cup cream

1 tsp. vanilla

1 lb. candied cherries

½ lb. candied pineapple

½ lb. brazil nuts, chopped

½ lb. pecans, chopped


In heavy saucepan, boil sugar, corn syrup and cream to soft ball stage.

Add vanilla and beat slightly. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper or into lightly oiled miniature muffin tins.

Let set until firm.

From: just a pinch