Here in the Ozarks, black walnuts are very plentiful and are often called "Black Gold." We usually start harvesting the nuts from the trees on our property in the beginning of October so I can use them to make this Christmas candy.—Anne Medlin, Bolivar, Missouri
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 to 1-1/2 cups black walnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- In a saucepan, cook sugar, corn syrup and water until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Add butter; cook until mixture reaches 280° on a candy thermometer. Stir in walnuts; cook until 300° (hard crack stage). Remove from the heat and stir in baking soda.
- Spread immediately into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan. When cool, break into pieces. Yield: 1-1/4 pounds.
Originally published as Buttery Black Walnut Brittle Candy in Taste of Home December/January 1994, p45
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