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I’ve written a lot about my great-grandmother, Marion Rose. She lived until she was 99 1/2 years old, and passed away when I was in high school. She was the perfect matriarch of my family, a wonderful cook who could be found taking a nice long walk around the farm, finding four-leaf clovers, building with blocks on the kitchen floor, reading, sewing, and she always had cookies in her fridge for her great-grandchildren (and the dogs, too).
My favorite Grandma Rose recipe is her Wineberry Pie, but Wintergreen Candies are a close second. We like to make them around Christmas time, and it is a production. Here’s her recipe, with my notes written in, as most of Grandma’s cooking came from her head and we’ve had trouble replicating them. The candies consist of a pale pink fondant with just the perfect hint of wintergreen flavoring, dipped in chocolate.
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water (cold)
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 Tbsp wintergreen extract
- 1-2 drops red food coloring
Combine all ingredients but wintergreen. Put in a large pot and cook to 236°F. Add wintergreen and food coloring. Allow to cool, while stirring, until soft enough to work with (this takes experience!). Stir and work together, then roll into balls and dip in chocolate.
Dipping Chocolate for Candies
- 5 squares unsweetened chocolate
- 3 squares semi-sweet chocolate
- 1/2 inch square paraffin
Put all together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (or double-boiler) to melt. Stir together after melted thoroughly. Dip candies and place on wax paper.
Some additional notes: You can make any flavor you want, using vanilla or other extract. Don’t substitute peppermint for wintergreen, it’s just not the same. I’m considering omitting the paraffin this year, since I’ve had problems getting little white dots of wax on the outside of the candy. They’re still edible, just not as pretty. Make small candies, as they’re very sweet and just a small taste is enough.