Mysterious Candy Recipe

This recipe, scribbled onto an envelope, fell out of a community cookbook that belonged to my grandmother.


It’s so poignant to see her handwriting again. We called her Honey, and I miss her sweetness every single day. She taught me most of what I know about cooking. Even so, I can’t quite figure this one out.

Mysteriously titled “Candy”, I’ll copy it here since the picture is a bit hard to read:

  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 3/4 c. dark Karo sirup
  • 1/2 c. hot water
  • pinch salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 c. chopped nuts
  • Mix sugar, Karo sirup, water and salt. Cook until it forms hard ball in cold water.
  • Candy

Well, at least Honey told us it was candy! LOL

At first I thought, divinity? But whoever heard of divinity made of brown sugar and dark Karo syrup?

Then I thought pralines, but there’s no butter. And I don’t think pralines contain eggs, do they?

I tried typing the ingredients into Google, but nothing came up.

Can anyone help me figure out what this is? And what in the world is done with the egg whites and nuts?

Thanks for leaving a comment if you have any ideas for me.