Recipe By Jill Saunders
Published Nov 29th
Oklahoma Nut Candy
Prep - Cook - Additional - Ready In -
Servings 30 to 40 pieces Calories 199.7

My Mom, sisters and I would not feel like it was Christmas unless we had made this delicious candy. It tastes somewhere between fudge and caramels. It’s best to use a wooden spoon to stir this candy with.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Butter a 9x13 inch pan and set aside.
  2. 2 Place the 2 cups sugar in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar has completely melted.
  3. 3 Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan combine the 4 cups sugar and heavy cream. Stir and heat over low.
  4. 4 Once the 2 cups of sugar has completely melted, pour it in a fine stream into the sugar/cream mixture while stirring vigorously. Raise heat to medium low and cook, stirring frequently, until it reaches 244 to 248 degrees F (118 to 120 degrees C) on a candy thermometer.
  5. 5 Remove from heat and vigorously stir in the baking soda. Stir in the butter until melted. Set aside to cool for 20 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and beat with a wooden spoon until non-glossy and it starts to set up. Stir in the nuts and spread into the prepared pan. Cool and cut into bite-size pieces.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 199.7
  • Carbohydrate 31.1 g
  • Cholesterol 22.4 mg
  • Fat 8.7 g
  • Fiber 0.4 g
  • Protein 0.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.5 g
  • Sodium 29.1 mg
  • Sugar 30.1 g


  1. We loved the flavor of this candy but I think maybe this recipe isn't quite as clear as it could be. Stovetop candy recipes are so much about feel and experience that they can be hard to write down! This only partially set up for us and the texture was a little grainy. I think - Read more ...
  2. This candy is good & fairly easy to make. The biggest problem I had was getting the candy out of the pan - I probably didn't use enough butter. Also like another reviewer said use a big pot - I had to move the mixture into a larger pot during cooking.
  3. Its hard for me to rate this recipe since I couldn't get past the first step. The two cups of sugar in a heavy bottom saucepan (non-stick) on low heat never melted - after an hour it got hot and turned into brown 'chips' but never melted and it remained on low heat the whole - Read more ...
  4. I'll give the recipe 5 stars but I think that the instructions need some clarification. I have a good heavy medium 1 1/2 qt sauce pan that I used to melt the sugar in. I used a 3qt pan for the sugar/heavy cream mixture. I considered a 3qt pan a "large" sauce pan. Not so. - Read more ...
  5. This is traditionally called Aunt Bill's Brown Candy in Oklahoma. Is super delicious but hard to make and can go "bad" quickly if not beaten continuously. Worth a couple of tries to get it right.
  6. I thought it was relatively easy to make. WE loved it. My husband said it reminded him of soft fudgy peanut brittle. I think it tasted like a cross between caramels and fudge. I will make it again! CB
  7. When I put the melted sugar into the cream and sugar mixture the melted sugar became one big lump. Perhaps the other mixture wasn't warm enough. However I kept at it stirring until it all smoothed out which took some time. Good result.
  8. this is great candy.... in Oklahoma we call it Aunt Bill's..........
  9. This is a great candy recipe. My mom got this same recipe out of a newspaper in Massachuesetts. It was called Oklahoma Brown Candy. It has become a family tradition at Christmas. It is my son's now 20 y.o. favorite.