Great-Grandma's Martha Washington Candy Recipe From the 1920s by 30Seconds Food

Great-Grandma's Martha Washington Candy Recipe From the 1920s

Martha Washington candy got its name from the candy company that made them back in the 1920s. Yes, this old-fashioned candy recipe has been around since the roaring '20s. This easy Martha Washington candy recipe has pecans, chocolate and coconut – and is a cherished family recipe for many. Give this chocolate candy recipe a try for dessert!

To make this old-fashioned candy recipe you will need butter, powdered sugar, a can of sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, sweetened flaked coconut, pecans, semisweet chocolate chips and vegetable shortening. The gluten-free ingredients are rolled into balls then take a bath in melted chocolate.

Serve these sweet, low-sodium chocolate balls for dessert or give them to friends and family over the holidays. We know they will appreciate it!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 hours (approximately) 
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

Servings: 60 (approximately)


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Recipe Notes

  • Store the candy in an airtight container.
  • Try this recipe with dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.
  • Add some Christmas cheer by sprinkling with holiday sprinkles.

Here's how to make it:

  1. With an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Stir in the coconut and pecans. Cover and refrigerate the batter for about 1 hour.
  2. Shape the batter into 1-inch balls. (It's easier to do half the batter at one time.) Place the balls on baking sheets covered with wax paper and refrigerate about 30 more minutes.
  3. Combine the chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler or in a bowl placed over boiling water. Stir until chocolate melts and is smooth.
  4. Dip the balls into the chocolate, letting the excess drip back into the pot. Place the balls back on the wax paper-covered baking sheets. Refrigerate until chocolate sets.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 165

Total Fat: 9.6g

Saturated Fat: 5.7g

Cholesterol: 11mg

Sodium: 13mg

Total Carbohydrate: 19.9g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Total Sugars: 17.9g

Protein: 1g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 27mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 53mg

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This sounds wonderful, I’ll try it 😋
Elisa Schmitz
I hadn't heard of this but it looks amazing! So simple and so good.

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