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Peanut Molasses Candy

Subject: Molasses candy with ground, roasted peanuts.
From: Shirley
Date: 10/27/2022, 7:52 AM

On 10/27/2022 12:21 AM, Shirley wrote:

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

My Mama used to make this candy, boiling her molasses and 
adding ground roasted peanuts, which she roasted herself. 
We kids would take turns grinding the peanuts in her old 
meat grinder. When the peanuts were mixed in, she would 
pour the hot candy into a buttered dish, then cut it into 
squares. As an adult, I asked for her recipe, but the main 
thing I remember her saying is to boil the molasses until 
it spins a thread. My brother and I would love to experience 
this delicacy again.

 Thank you for any help you can give.

Hello Shirley,

I cannot find a recipe that is worded the same as your description. However, this candy sounds like a variation of molasses peanut brittle, for which there are dozens of recipes. See below for a sampling of them.


Old Time Molasses Peanut Brittle

1-1/2 cups molasses, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar. 
Boil until brittle when tried in water. Then add butter half 
size of an egg and 1 quart peanuts chopped quite fine. Spread 
in hot buttered pans. When cold, break up in small pieces.
Peanut Candy   
1 c. molasses
1/2 c. butter
1 c. peanuts, shelled

Boil 10 minutes. Add peanuts just before taking from the fire. 
Pour in buttered pan. Let cool and cut in squares.
Peanut Brittle

2 cups New Orleans molasses,1 cup roasted peanuts. Cook molasses 
until it cracks when dropped i in cold water, caramel stage; have 
ready the peanuts rolled fine, stir in, pour on oiled marble slab, 
roll with flat blade of knife as it cools; this should harden in 
the thin sheets.
Thank you. I appreciate your time, but It wasn’t peanut brittle, 
more of a taffy texture. I will keep experimenting and maybe 
someday I will hit on the right formula. 

Hey Phaed.

No, all my older relatives have passed, no sisters, and brother is as 
clueless as I am. I think I will use a molasses taffy recipe and add 
ground peanuts to it…maybe half a recipe til the tweaking is done. 

Thank you so much for your help. 


Hi Shirley,

Well... Sorry, I can't find any recipe for molasses candy with ground peanuts that isn't a brittle. Plenty of molasses taffy recipes, but they don't have peanuts. Is there someone else who might remember the candy? A brother or sister or aunt, etc? I might be able to locate it if I had the name of the candy.


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