brown sugar fudge

Old-Fashioned Brown Sugar Fudge

This type of fudge is a demanding diva. But if you swoon over the icing on a caramel cake, this is the fudge for you. To make this candy turn out perfectly, follow the recipe carefully and trust your candy thermometer. In New England, this candy is called penuche, a derivation of the Italian word panucci (which is related to the word for baker) or the Spanish word panocha (which means raw sugar).

potato candy

Potato Candy

This classic candy is a testament to the talent of thrifty cooks who could craft sweet treats out of the inexpensive items that were readily available in most kitchens.

saltine cracker toffee

Saltine Cracker Toffee

No one can believe that this irresistible toffee is so quick and easy — and, not to mention, made with saltines. Since the ingredients are often on hand, you can whip up a batch of this candy at the drop of a hat.