Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 50 mins

Old fashioned candy. A good way to use buttermilk.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put all ingredients except vanilla and nuts into pan and cook, stirring constantly until soft ball forms when dropped in cold water.
  2. Add vanilla and nuts and beat till creamy.
  3. When cool, cut into squares.
  4. Also makes good frosting for spice cake.


Most Helpful

Yummy...Yummy...Yummy! I played guessing games with my family. They were guessing everything except buttermilk for where they recognized 'that' flavor. Were they ever amazed when I told them. Everyone loved it. I made a double batch and pulled a little out for my daughters before I added the nuts. Thank you for sharing this 'old time' recipe Sharon. I'll definitely be making it again!

Cindy Lynn December 19, 2002

Good recipe for a yummy treat! To get the right consistency, you have to cook and continuously mix the buttermilk, butter, sugar, corn syrup, and baking soda mixture for about 15 to 20 minutes at a medium high heat. You'll know when it's done, when it turns a deep caramel color and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan as you mix. I totally forgot to mix in the vanilla and it still tasted awesome! Instead of mixing in the nuts, I poured the mixture into a pan and topped sections of it with chopped peanuts, coconut, slivered almonds, and sea salt. All were yummy!

Oliver & Fischer's Mommy May 10, 2010

This was absolutely Delicious BUT... I had some problems. I started out with a large saucepan. It foams up to the top of the pan, I almost had to switch pans but it never boiled over. I followed the recipe exactly. I used a candy thermometer and took it to the soft ball stage. I added the vanilla and the nuts and poured it into an 8x8 Pyrex dish. I assumed that this would be the consistency of fudge but mine never hardened. I put it in the refrigerator to cool but I could never cut it into squares. It had a wonderful carmel color but it stayed the consistency of a (Very) soft carmel (we had to eat it with a spoon). If I did something wrong, please let me know - this had such an awesome flavor I would love to make it again! We warmed it up last night and put it on Ice Cream - Yum Yum!!

Pvt Amys Mom November 18, 2004

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