Oklahoma Sooner Nut Candies are a delightful treat that combines the sweetness of caramel and the crunchiness of nuts. This recipe is inspired by the famous Oklahoma Sooner candies and offers a homemade version that is both delicious and addictive. With its rich caramel coating and a variety of nuts, these candies are sure to bring joy to both adults and children. Whether you’re making them for a special occasion or simply to satisfy your sweet tooth, these nut candies are sure to be a hit.
The combination of caramel and nuts creates a deliciously sweet and indulgent treat. The rich caramel coating provides a smooth and sweet taste that adults and children can’t resist. The variety of nuts adds a delightful crunch and a touch of savory flavor, balancing the sweetness perfectly.
This recipe allows for a variety of nuts to be used, giving you the freedom to personalize the candies to your liking. Whether you prefer almonds, peanuts, cashews, pecans, or a combination of them, you can choose the nuts that appeal most to you. This customization adds to the enjoyment of the candies for both adults and children.
6 cups sugar, divided
2 cups heavy cream
½ cup unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups chopped walnuts or pecan
Grease a 9×13 baking dish and set aside.
In a small saucepan (with a heavy bottom if you have it!), pour in 2 cups of sugar and cook over low heat while stirring often. Cook until sugar is completely melted, about 20 minutes.
As sugar cooks down, add the 4 cups of remaining sugar and heavy cream to a large saucepan (or dutch oven, you want a big pot here!). Simmer over low heat until the sugar in your small saucepan has melted. Add melted sugar to a large saucepan with continuously stirring.
Bring the heat up to medium and cook mixture until 244 degrees F or softball stage.
Remove from heat and stir in baking soda until completely combined.
Add butter and vanilla. Stir until butter has melted and the mixture is smooth.
Let rest for 20 minutes.
After the mixture has rested, stir in nuts and mix until the sheen has gone. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
Let cool 1-2 hours or overnight. Cut into small squares to serve.