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Martha Washington's Famous Candy Recipe

Martha Washingtons Famous Candy Recipe
Martha Washingtons Famous Candy Recipe
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If it's good enough for the first lady, it's good enough for us! Martha Washington's Famous Candy Recipe is a delicious no bake treat that is perfect for gifting during the holidays. Everyone loves homemade candy, and this recipe hits the spot. If you're looking for a great hostess gift to give out at a party or just something to decorate the dessert table with, this homemade candy is a great option. It's not hard to make, and since it's a no bake recipe, it comes together easily. The only real waiting you'll have to do is when you have to throw it in the fridge to set. What a treat!


Chilling Time1 hr



  • 3 cups pecans
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries, drained and pat dry
  • 2 cups chocolate candy melts


  1. Place pecans and coconut into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

  2. Using an electric mixer, cream sugar and butter together until light. Add milk and the chopped nuts and coconut and stir until well mixed.

  3. Roll between your palms into small balls, forming each around a maraschino cherry. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. 

  4. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.

  5. Place chocolate melts into a glass bowl and melt in the microwave. Heat on high for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until all chocolate is melted and smooth.

  6. Dip each ball of candy into the chocolate allowing excess to drip back into the bowl. 

  7. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and allow to harden.

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I'm quite sure Martha Washington did not have a food processor, an electric mixer, a refrigerator, or a microwave.

Martha Washington - cherry. Being the wife of the first president, it is only right that her famous candy would be made with cherries. The whole idea of these ingredients together is making my mouth water. This will be the perfect office candy during the holidays or family gatherings.

Martha did not make these little beauties with the directions provided here that's for sure. However, thank you, Martha! This candy recipe sounds divine. I have all the ingredients except for the pecans and I just added them to my list. Yummy!

Now I know why George Washington crossed the get home to Martha Washington's Famous Candy. This candy is so easy to make, or actually , put together since it is "no bake" , and it is full of all my favorite flavors, coconut, pecans, chocolate and a surprise cherry inside. I can't wait to add these to my cookie trays for this years Christmas cookie exchange.

Yum. All my favorites in one candy. I love pecans, coconut, maraschino cherries and chocolate. I can't wait to make this. I would of course have to make some without coconut, because my husband and son don't like it. The chocolate candy melts are they like the candy morsels you get in the baking aisle at the grocery store? Could you also use the dipping chocolate like for banana's and strawberries?


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