These old fashioned Halloween candy recipes chosen from Grandma's collection make candies that are wholesome and delicious. You can be sure they'll be enjoyed by trick or treaters of all ages.
Back in the 1950s, when I was a youngster out for trick-or-treating, we were always running to the homes where people gave out homemade candies. You never forget the taste of those delicious, homemade popcorn balls, taffy candies, and chewy caramels.
Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)
Made from an old fashioned Halloween candy recipe that's an all-time favorite, these popcorn balls are fun to make, and they taste delicious.
1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup or molasses, 1 tablespoon butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon vinegar. Melt the butter in an enameled saucepan, add the sugar and syrup, and cook without stirring until a little dropped into cold water will crack.
Remove from the heat and pour the syrup over the popcorn, which should be spread in a large pan. Pour very slowly, turning the popcorn so that the kernels will be well coated. Shape in small balls, pressing well into shape, and wrap each in waxed paper to preserve freshness.
Directions for Popcorn Pumpkins:
Put one quart of popped corn through the coarsest blades of the meat grinder [or blender]. Place in bowl and pour over it a syrup made by boiling together two cups of brown sugar, one-half cup water, a tablespoon butter, and a pinch of salt. Orange food coloring (1 drop red to 9 drops yellow) may be added.
Cook without stirring until a little syrup dropped in cold water will form a firm ball. This taffy will hold the kernels together.
Form into pumpkin shapes keeping the corn taffy over hot water to prevent it hardening to quickly. Insert raisin on toothpick for stem.
1 cup molasses, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 teaspoons butter, 1 teaspoon [baking] soda. Mix ingredients and boil until mixture hardens when dropped in cold water, then add teaspoon soda; mix quickly and pour into buttered pans. When cool enough to handle, pull taffy and cut into sticks. Wrap in waxed paper.
Put nothing on clean hands while pulling; keep hands cool. Nutmeats may be stirred into candy just before pouring into pans.
Three tablespoons butter, one cup molasses, three-quarters cup cream, four squares unsweetened chocolate, one cup sugar, one-half teaspoon vanilla.
Melt butter in a saucepan and add cream, sugar, and molasses. Bring to the boiling-point and add chocolate, balancing it on a large wooden spoon that it may melt gradually with no danger of its burning on the kettle.
Continue the boiling, stirring occasionally, until a firm ball may be formed when mixture is tried in cold water, add vanilla, and turn into a buttered pan, having the mixture three-fourths inch in depth.
When nearly cold, cut in cubes, using scissors, or a sharp knife. Wrap in squares of paraffin paper (waxed paper), and let stand in a cold place to harden.
Two cups granulated sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla.
Mix together all ingredients except vanilla, and cook over a low flame, stirring constantly, until thermometer reads 246º Fahrenheit. Remove from fire, beat, add vanilla, and turn at once into a slightly greased pan.
When cold, remove from pan and cut, using a large sharp knife.
1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups dry roasted peanuts
1 (10-1/2 ounce) package white miniature marshmallows
Assorted "soft" Halloween candies, chopped if need be
Line a 13x9 baking pan with waxed paper (this makes for an easy clean up later). Melt chocolate in double boiler with milk and butter, remove from heat. Combine nuts and marshmallows, then fold into the chocolate.
Press mixture into the lined baking pan, spreading it out evenly as possible. Sprinkle the soft candy mixture generously and evenly over the top. Refrigerate until firm enough to cut into squares, then store at room temperature.
Not only is this old fashioned Halloween candy recipe easy to make, it's also a versatile recipe. If you prefer, you can use another type of nut or mix in some candy pieces or a favorite dry cereal.
You can even add other fun ingredients aside from those listed here. Above all, make it colorful and festive looking.
Here's how to have lots of old time Halloween fun in the kitchen this year: Let each family member choose one of the old fashioned Halloween candy recipes that they'd love to make.
Or, let them choose from the dozens of other classic candy recipes featured on this site.
Make homemade candy treats to fill your candy dish and have plenty left over to munch on the rest of the week. Homemade candies are delicious to eat anytime and are perfect for serving at get-togethers and parties.