Candy to Send “Our Boys”

My great-uncle "Jr." with his niece Harlene

My great-uncle "Jr." with his niece Harlene

This is a cool recipe that came from one of my great grandma’s best friends. Her name was Beulah – and that’s all the credentials you need!

I love old recipes like this because it gives you a little glimpse into the past. It makes me feel thankful for High Fructose Corn Syrup and other preservatives . . . ha, ha, c’mon, lighten up!

Anyway, it was candy that girlfriends and moms would make to send to their soldiers serving in World War II. I haven’t ever made it, so I’m not going to vouch for it’s tastiness, I’m just offering it up for your examination and a glimpse into a different time.  Maybe I’ll make it in November and it will be ready around Christmastime. That way if it tastes terrible, I’ll have all these nieces and nephews who will eat it for me!

I’m writing it out for you exactly as it’s come to me . . . if you have questions, I would advise asking someone older and wiser. If you know no one older and wiser, I guess you’re stuck with using your best judgement. Good Luck!

Overseas Candy From WW II ~ Beulah F.

  • 6 cups sugar
  • 2 cups light syrup
  • 1 Large and 1 Small can of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter

Combine and cook ingredients over low heat until it forms a medium ball (not hard or soft) when tested in cold water.

Beat until stiff then add:

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts (note: I think this would be optional)

Pour candy into a buttered pan and let set until cool. Remove from pan and wrap in waxed paper. The longer it stands the better it tastes. Let stand at least 3 weeks. (note: wow!)

Makes 6 lbs.

Pack in unsalted popcorn to ship (note: how cute is this! we should bring this packaging idea back – it’s environmentally friendly!)

So that’s the recipe. It seems rather plain by today standards. Please don’t hold me responsible for any food poisoning that may occur from this recipe. I guess I’m just worried about that butter and sugar setting around for 3 weeks – is that safe? Could someone find out and let me know?

Frankly, I have a suspiscion that this candy was used as a secret weapon during the war and Beulah’s boys just loved her too much to tell her that the candy was inedible. . . .

Let me know your thoughts on this.