Buttermilk Candy

Tressie Fomby Upshaw

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine (1/2 stick)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Combine buttermilk and baking soda in 3 quart heavy saucepan. Let stand 20 minutes.

Add sugar and corn syrup to buttermilk. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. When mixture boils, add butter and cook, stirring occasionally if necessary, to the soft ball stage (236 to 238°) – it will turn a medium brown color.

Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm (110°)

Beat until mixture loses its gloss and starts to thicken. Stir in pecans. Turn into buttered 8″ square pan. Cool until firm; then cut in 36 pieces.

Makes about 1 1/2 pounds.


  • Make sure you make this candy on a COOL, CLEAR, CRISP DAY with LOW HUMIDITY.
  • Beat until all the gloss in gone.

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