Opal's 'Chewy'


This recipe was handed down to me by my mother-in-law and was always simply called 'Chewy'. It came from her mother Opal, who would be 109 if she was still living. The exact origin is unknown, perhaps it goes back several generations of good Oklahoma cooks.

It is probably one of my favorite candy recipes. A mildly chocolate flavored caramel with lots of peanutty goodness. Be warned, it DOES live up to its name. If you have any loose fillings, this candy treat will find them!

2 cups light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup cream
3 tablespoons cocoa (I use the Hershey's brand)
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups unslated dry roasted peanuts (measured before chopping)

Mix syrup, sugar and cream. Bring to a boil and add chocolate. Boil to 238 degrees on a candy thermomenter. Add butter then bring to 242 degrees. Add the chopped peanuts and immediately place pan in a bowl of cold water to stop cooking. Turn candy onto a very well-buttered cookie sheet. While still warm cut into squares and wrap in small pieces of waxed paper. I always keep some butter handy to coat the knife as I am cutting.