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    jmcquown Guest

    Default REC: Date Nut Coconut Candy

    My German grandmother made this wonderful candy. She was Lena Ruffner
    McQuown.
    First posted in 2001:

    Date Nut Coconut Candy

    2 c. sugar
    1 c. milk
    1-1/2 Tbs. butter (or as her recipe stated, butter the size of a Walnut)
    1 cup chopped dates
    1 c. chopped walnuts
    1 c. shredded coconut
    1 tsp. vanilla extract

    Combine sugar, milk and butter and cook until it reaches the soft ball stage
    (test in cold water - mixture will flatten but can be picked up). Add
    chopped dates and cook 5 minutes longer. Add chopped walnuts, coconut and
    vanilla. Beat until thick.

    Butter a 3 inch strip on 6 feet of waxed paper. Spoon the mixture along the
    strip and spread with a knife into a square shape. Be careful, the mixture
    is very hot. Let candy set, then cut into 1 inch squares.

    I've made this and can attest to it being very hot, take care you don't burn
    your fingers.

    It's delicious. She always had some wrapped in waxed paper in her candy
    dish when we came to visit.

    Jill


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    Damsel in dis Dress Guest

    Default Re: REC: Date Nut Coconut Candy

    On Dec 6, 1:41*pm, "jmcquown" <j_mcqu...@comcast.net> wrote:

    > My German grandmother made this wonderful candy. *She was Lena Ruffner
    > McQuown.
    > First posted in 2001:
    >
    > Date Nut Coconut Candy
    >
    > 2 c. sugar
    > 1 c. milk
    > 1-1/2 Tbs. butter (or as her recipe stated, butter the size of a Walnut)
    > 1 cup chopped dates
    > 1 c. chopped walnuts
    > 1 c. shredded coconut
    > 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    >
    > Combine sugar, milk and butter and cook until it reaches the soft ball stage
    > (test in cold water - mixture will flatten but can be picked up). *Add
    > chopped dates and cook 5 minutes longer. *Add chopped walnuts, coconut and
    > vanilla. *Beat until thick.
    >
    > Butter a 3 inch strip on 6 feet of waxed paper. *Spoon the mixture along the
    > strip and spread with a knife into a square shape. *Be careful, the mixture
    > is very hot. *Let candy set, then cut into 1 inch squares.


    Thanks so much for posting this, Jill. I've had similar candies in
    the past, but never a recipe.

    Carol

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