Welcome to the realm of sweet delights, where we’re about to embark on a culinary journey to create a time-honored confection, the Oklahoma Nutty Delight Candy. This mouth-watering treat, brimming with sugar and nuts, is the perfect blend of crunchy texture and rich flavor. Here is the reimagined recipe to guide you through the steps of crafting this homemade goodness.
6 cups of sugar, portioned
2 cups of luscious heavy cream
½ cup of unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of aromatic vanilla
1 ½ cups of chopped walnuts or pecans (depending on your preference)
Begin by lightly greasing a 9×13 baking dish and setting it aside for later use.
Take a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour in 2 cups of sugar, and let it simmer gently over low heat. Keep stirring this mixture frequently until the sugar melts completely, which will typically take around 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan or a Dutch oven, combine the remaining 4 cups of sugar with the heavy cream. Maintain a low heat setting and allow this mixture to simmer slowly while the sugar in the smaller saucepan continues to melt.
Once the sugar has melted, gradually add it to the large saucepan, stirring constantly to ensure it combines well.
Raise the heat to medium and allow the concoction to cook until it reaches a temperature of 244 degrees F, indicating it’s reached the softball stage.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, then stir in the baking soda, ensuring it’s completely incorporated.
Add in the butter and vanilla, stirring continuously until the butter has completely melted, yielding a smooth mixture.
Allow this sweet blend to rest for about 20 minutes.
Once rested, stir in the chopped nuts, mixing until the glossy sheen has faded. Following this, transfer the mixture to your prepared baking dish.
Allow the candy to cool for 1-2 hours or ideally, leave it overnight. Once cooled, slice it into small, bite-sized squares, ready to be served and savored.
Congratulations, your homemade Oklahoma Nutty Delight Candy is ready to be enjoyed! This recipe truly embraces the sweetness of life, perfect for sharing on special occasions, or simply when you crave a little indulgence.