This recipe comes from my seventh grade home economics class. I had never heard of fondant before, but the recipe is easy to prepare and the candy is very tasty. I’ve also used this recipe over the years. It’s perfect for birthday parties, Christmas and other special events. Thank you to my teacher, Mrs. Witt, wherever you are. Please note, however, that this is not the same kind of fondant used to decorate cakes. The recipe is solely for making candy.
HOMEMADE FONDANT CANDY
- 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- peppermint extract
- wintergreen extract
- 1 jar maraschino cherries
- red and green food coloring
Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in evaporated milk, vanilla and salt. Remove from heat and gradually add powdered sugar. Turn onto a board lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar and knead until smooth. Makes approximately two cups of fondant. Divide into quarters and prepare the following.
Mix together 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and two drops red food coloring to one quarter of the fondant. Shape into small patties or use a cookie cutter to create your own shapes
Mix together 1/2 teaspoon wintergreen extract and two drops of green food coloring to one quarter of the fondant. Shape into small patties or use a cookie cutter to create your own shapes.
Drain cherries and slit each cherry crosswise into four parts. Do not cut all the way through. Press back the “petals” to form a flower. Fill each cherry with a small ball of the remaining fondant and chill.