Momma’s Candy

I have no card to post today.  Instead of stamping, I have been busy baking cookies and making candy.  Heaven knows my husband, Kim, and I do not need the extra calories, so I end up sharing the goodies I make with the neighbors.  Out of all of the things I make, the biggest hit is a candy that is simply called “Momma’s Candy”.   If you are in need of a quick and easy candy to share with family and friends, continue reading!

Momma’s Candy

My mother was an excellent cook, baker and candy maker.  Although I inherited all of her recipes, I did not inherit her baking and candy making genes.  Her pies were legendary.  And although she has been gone nearly 39 years, my sister and I talk about them to this very day.  My pies come from Marie Callender.   I have never tasted anything like her cakes either.  German Chocolate and Red Velvet were made from scratch, using recipes from the Jewel T cook book, along with her own special added touches.  My cakes come from Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines.   Breads and rolls were set atop the cook stove to rise.   My homemade bread is made in a bread making machine.  I never tackled her divine divinity or her fabulous fudge. But, I do make this wonderful peanut butter confection.  Her original recipe was written on a scrap of paper, a bank deposit slip if I remember correctly.  But before she passed away, she was in the process of recopying many of them.  My inherited recipe files are a mish-mash of index cards, scraps of paper, and clippings.  This particular recipe had no other name except “Candy”, so in her honor, my family calls it “Momma’s Candy”.  I hope you’ll try it, and enjoy it as much as my family does.

1 Package Almond Bark
2 Cups of Super Chunky Peanut Butter
2 Cups of Dry Roasted Peanuts
2 Cups of Miniature Marshmallows
2 Cups of Rice Krispies

Melt the Almond Bark according to package directions. (I use the microwave).  When melted, mix in the Peanut Butter.  Then add the dry ingredients, and thoroughly coat.  Drop by spoonfuls (I use a tablespoon) onto cookie sheets. (I cover mine with wax paper to make clean-up easier.)  Chill in the refrigerator.  (I place mine out on the back porch to set.)  This makes a large batch of candy, and is easy-peasy! I ended up with 72 pieces, not counting the ones I tested for quality control.  While I use the Vanilla Almond Bark, my stampin’ friend Vicki has tried the Chocolate Almond Bark, and says it tastes like crunchy peanut clusters! I can’t wait to try it!

My mother would have been 103 on December 28th. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.  Not a day passes that I do not remember her in some way.  And I know her spirit will be embracing us this Christmas, as we enjoy the traditional Christmas Eve soup she always prepared and nibble on “Momma’s Candy”.

May peace fill your hearts during this holiday season.  Until next time…


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  1. Is this “candy”gluten Free?

  2. Dear Ann-
    I have been reading your blog for a long time-so I feel I know you! Your card ideas have inspired me over & over so a heartfelt thank you!!
    With this post it really did touch my heart with your Mom’s recipes-
    Thank you again for sharing & happy holidays to you & your family.

  3. “Mama’s Candy” has become an annual requested item at Christmas in our family now. It was so kind of you to share it. I have two more (maybe 3) cookie recipes to do before the end of the week and a cheese ball. I, too, make way too many things during the holidays but by the time we share with the family and a couple of friends it disappears pretty fast.

    I miss my mother’s fried chicken and she made the best candied sweet potatoes. My girls have been going through my mother-in-law’s recipe box and requesting a couple of the favorites.

  4. Ann, I’m going to make “the candy” this week. Does it freeze well?

  5. It’s been impossible to find Rice Krispies here since Kelloggs has been on strike.

    • Hi, Nancy! I bought the store brand I was at and it tasted great! I didn’t even look to see if they had Rice Krispies. I had trouble finding extra crunchy peanut butter. Merry Christmas!

  6. I always love your cards but this story about your mom and the candy was special. I have made mini scones this year of several kinds. Mike ate his fair share of them for sure. But, friends and neighbors were also recipients. I am thinking these might be fun to add to a plate of brownies for a few others. I am thinking the texture will be a treat also. Thanks for reminding me of this recipe. My mom would have been 97 and has been gone 18 years. I think I will make this recipe to a tribute to mothers everywhere. I think it would have been one my mom would have made as I love peanut butter. Thanks Ann and happy holidays to everyone.

  7. Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing this recipe.

  8. Thanks for sharing. I have the same recipe without the peanut butter from my mother in law. She made another candy with peanut butter (1 cup), 1 kg pig of butterscotch chips that are melted and poured over 4 1/2 c corn flakes.

  9. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute.

  10. Thanks for sharing your memories! A mothers love and the food she made is very precious! My mom made a Swedish tea ring that was so awesome! It was hot out of the oven when my sister and I came home from school! Miss her!

  11. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of your mother! I miss mine too. I heard it said when your mother is gone, you’ve lost your best friend. This is so true. So happy to see you saved many of your mother’s recipes. I have my mother’s AND my grandmother’s recipe boxes! This coming year, I will be working on making copies for my brothers and Sisters for a Christmas Gift, to them all. I am also going to make a copy for my Granddaughter, who will be getting married in Sept. I will be busy! Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I’m going to have to try your Momma’s Candy!

  12. Ann; thank you for sharing the beautiful story about your mom and for sharing ‘Mommas’ Candy recipe with us. You have your mother’s eyes along with her beautiful looks.

    Have an enjoyable day and wishing you & Kim along with your 4 legged babies a Very Merry & Blessed Christmas.
    (that time of year again for me to get my stretchy pants out.)

  13. Ann, thanks for the recipe! I CANNOT make candy (the cooked kind) to save myself, so maybe I can redeem myself with a batch of this! Sounds yummy! I loved seeing the pictures of your mom…that hair! Coming from someone who has always had short hair, it looks amazing to me! And her blouse with that fabulous button and pin—she was a fashionista for sure! Thanks for sharing a wee bit of your life with us!

  14. What beautiful Christmas memories! Thank you for sharing. The handwritten directions are such a treasure and a legacy for you and your family, especially since you still use it to make wonderful candy. Merry Christmas to you.

  15. Thank you for sharing

  16. Your mother was a beautiful woman. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will save it and try it in the future. I love the cards you share with us. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  17. the only almond bark I know of, is the kind you make; so what do I use? your mom’s was stunning looking, so I know ow who you get your looks from; thank you so much for sharing the recipe. Happy Holidays to you & your family!

    • Hi, Sue! Almond bark, also called confectionery or summer coating, is an artificial chocolate made with vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter. It comes in a big block here in the US. Most of them are 20 to 24 oz. I use the Great Value brand from Walmart, but we can find it in any grocery store down here in the states. It actually says “Almond Bark” on the label. I also use it to dip pretzels in to make “chocolate” covered pretzels and to make Peppermint Bark (simply melt and add crushed candy canes or starlight mints).

      Thank you for the sweet words about my mother. She was beautiful inside and out!

      Happy holidays!

  18. Ann, what do you mean by almond bark? Last time I copied the recipe but we do not have peanut butter so I will wait to prepare it. My best wishes for you, Kim and the rest of the family.

    • Hi, Marina! Almond bark, also called confectionery or summer coating, is an artificial chocolate made with vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter. It comes in a big block here in the US. Most of them are 20 oz. (567 grams). We can find it in any grocery store. I also use it to dip pretzels in to make “chocolate” covered pretzels.

  19. Ann, The candy sounds delicious and I think I have all the ingredients in the pantry. I’m thinking this will be the candy for my cookie platters. Thanks so much and have a Blessed Christmas!

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