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Oatmeal Candy

I have already shared Grandma’s original recipe from 1890 for her oatmeal candy in her writing, but I have to share my updated version that I submitted to the fair. The original is good, like caramel with oatmeal in it, but with a little cinnamon and vanilla, it reminds me of a candy version of oatmeal cookies!

Like most old recipes, this one is simple. There are a lot of candies I’d consider better, but I love these for their old-timey-ness. They even taste old-timey and are truly delicious. If you are nostalgic for the days of yore, try these out.

Oatmeal Candy

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½ cup salted butter
1 cup light corn syrup
2 ½ cups light brown sugar
2 cups quick-cooking oats (uncooked)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar, for rolling

Bring butter and corn syrup to a boil in a large saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar, oats, flour, and cinnamon, and mix well. Return to heat and turn burner to medium heat. Cook slowly, stirring often, until mixture comes to softball stage, 240F.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into a 9″x13” buttered dish and cool completely, about 4 hours or more. Cut into squares, roll in powdered sugar, sprinkle with a little cinnamon, and wrap in waxed paper.

Veronica’s Notes: Butter was likely salted during the time this recipe originated, as it acts as a preservative, so that’s what I used. I used corn syrup, and though I’m not sure that’s what is meant by “white syrup,” it seems to work quite well. And while I know from personal research that quick-cooking oats did not exist until the 20s, I thought rolled oats to be too chewy and took the liberty of updating the recipe with quick-cooking oats, and adding in some cinnamon and vanilla. Those were probably expensive or maybe less common during the time Dennis’ great-great-grandmother was making this candy, but I hope I’m doing her proud with these additions since they are easily accessible now and add a nice flavor.

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I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. Oh, I was hoping you’d post this recipe. This sounds great! I”ve never made anything like it. Did you cut wax paper or did you buy the wraps? I so want to make these!

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  2. Do you want to know what happened last time I used a candy thermometer? Let me tell ya’, the stuff boiled all over the stove (attempted caramel) and I had to even buy new burner tray thingys, I couldn’t remove all the caramel! I’ll leave the candy making to you ;)

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    • Suzie, I was feeling so sorry for you with this blog, because I didn’t give you anything here that would interest you, not even a little side story for the entertainment value. But leave it to you to come up with something! Thanks for giving me a laugh. You poor thing! Isn’t it funny how you seem to be cursed with all sweets, not just the baked one? I think not really liking them may have something to do with that. :)

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    • stephen sylvester

      i have made mistakes like burning the butter
      but now since we have other ways to melt the butter
      i put the butter in the microwave and then when it is liquid., i put it in a large pot over medium heat and stir in the brown sugar… we are talking 2 lbs of butter and 2 cups of sugar…then i stirr with a wisk till it turns to caramel med heat is best be sure it is not too hot that will avoid boil over then stir in the 4 cups of oats and keep stirring… then after you put on a wax paper sheet put in fridge… after 4 hrs even with 4 cups of oats you dont see oats it is just looking like candy very nice

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  3. This really sounds delicious. I’ve never tasted oatmeal candy and you have made me curious to try. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

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  4. i really want to try this! looks great!

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  5. Being oats involved this candy would do very nicely as my breakfast ;)
    Love this recipe!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  6. These look wonderful! I can’t wait to try them. Oatmeal cookies in candy form? I’m so in! Thanks!!!

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  7. I’ve been thinking about these for a few days now (since you first mentioned them) can’t WAIT to try!!!!

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  8. Okay. I’m going to try this recipe. If you hear a loud explosion this weekend, you’ll know it’s probably coming from my kitchen.

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  9. I adore vintage recipes. So glad you reshared this so I could pin it for Xmas gifts!

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  10. I love the idea of this, sounds yummy to me.

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  11. yum! I have never attempted to make any kind of candy but these look delicious and not terribly hard!

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  14. Veronica, just wanted to let you know that “white syrup” is light corn syrup. My grandmother use to call it that all the time..Have a good day and thanks for the recipes…

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  15. Brenda Cottrell

    I know some recipe you can make in the micowave, can i make this one? If so how?

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  16. Jacqueline Riekena

    I love this recipe and added dried cranberries and added food coloring for the holidays! I read every word you typed and read the original recipe. It is a Blue Ribbon Winner!

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