How to make Martha Washington candy

This Christmas, one thing I’ve been trying to model for my children, especially my 3-year-old son, is a spirit of giving and thankfulness rather than a focus on the stuff. One way I am doing that is by including him in doing things for others. This candy recipe is easy enough for children of any age to help out with and makes perfect gifts for anyone who makes your day a little brighter.


  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 pounds powered sugar
  • 1 brick chocolate almond bark


  1. Add butter, sweetened condensed milk, coconut and pecans in a bowl and combine using a mixer. Then gradually mix in the powered sugar.
  2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper, roll the mixture into walnut-sized balls, and place on the sheet. Once you have used all of the mixture, chill the balls until firm.
  3. Place one brick of chocolate almond bark in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every so often.
  4. Using a fork, dip each ball in the melted chocolate, coating it. Then place back on the baking sheet and chill once again until firm.

Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer



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