• Yield: 25 to 30 pieces


2cups sugar
1cup buttermilk
1teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
1 1/4cups chopped pecans
3tablespoons butter


  1. Combine the sugar, buttermilk, baking soda and salt in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil. Cook over high heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the pecans and butter. Reduce the heat and stir the mixture. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes or to 235 to 240 degrees on a candy thermometer, soft-ball stage.
  3. Remove from the heat and let stand for a few minutes. Beat until the mixture thickens and begins to lose its luster.
  4. Pour by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand until cool.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Lafayette, Inc., Something to Talk About, Occasions We Celebrate in South Louisiana (the Junior League of Lafayette, Inc., 2005)