New Cuisines: 1950s Holiday Candy

Looking for a recipe from the past for your Cadette New Cuisines badge? Or a holiday candy recipe you can easily make with your Girl Scout troop at Christmastime? Check out this 1950s recipe for holiday candy 5 ways.

I found this recipe in an ad in a 1957 issue of Girl Scout leader magazine.

Christmas candy 5 ways. A holiday recipe from the 1950s.

For easier printing, here is the ad text:

Making Holiday Candy

Easy to do. Not even any cooking. 5 different kinds: Chocolate Cherries – Puddings – Crunchies – Peanut Butter – Cherry Almonds

Easy how-to-do-it:

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs. semi-sweet chocolate
  • 6 oz. maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup hard sauce
  • 1/2 can flaky coconut
  • 3 oz. crunchy peanut butter
  • Can of chopped, roasted almonds
  • 2 slices fruit cake 1/2 inch thick
  • Cherries
  • Blanched almonds


Prepare centers on wax paper:

For chocolate cherries: Drain maraschino cherries, roll one by one in teaspoon of hard sauce; then in coconut.

For peanut butter centers: Make balls, each 1 teaspoon of peanut butter; roll in chopped almonds.

For puddings: Cut fruitcake in 1/2-inch squares.

Coat: Stir to merely melt chocolate in bowl over hot water. Don’t let chocolate get hotter than 80 degrees F. Never let water touch bowl or chocolate. Use fork to dip centers one by one. Life on fork; push with second fork onto wax paper. Trim.

Crunchies: Leftover ingredients or raising, cornflakes, etc., stirred into leftover melted chocolate. Drop by teaspoonful.

What is Hard Sauce?

Hard sauce is something I had to look up. Pioneer Woman describes hard sauce as:

Hard sauce is a soft, spoonable topping meant to be plopped onto the top of warm (and the “warm” part is important) desserts like pies, pudding, cobblers, and crisps. It has a butter base, so when it hits the warm dessert, it takes its own sweet time melting and running down the sides of whatever the dessert happens to be. It’s absolutely out of this world.

This decadent concoction is usually seen around the holidays for one important reason: it contains booze. Glorious, flavorful booze.

Now, I did take a look at her recipe. And after 2 cups of ingredients, there is 2 tablespoons of whiskey “more or less to taste,” it stands to reason that the actual alcohol content is pretty low when the entire candy recipe calls for 1/2 cup of hard sauce.

However, if you’re cooking with Girl Scouts, you might not want to get into cooking with alcohol.

We could adapt Pioneer Woman’s hard sauce recipe to replace the whisky with vanilla or another flavoring. Therefore, you would mix the following

  • 1 stick (1/2 Cup) Softened (not Room Temperature) Butter
  • 1-1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
Beat butter in mixer until fluffy. You will want to scrape the sides of the bowl throughout the process to make sure all ingredients are incorporated.
Add powdered sugar gradually until incorporated. DO NOT BEAT ON HIGH SPEEDS unless you like white poofy clouds of powdered sugar in your face!
Add vanilla and beat again, scraping the bowl to make sure everything gets mixed together.
If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

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