Mexican Sweet Potato Candy

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  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mashed, cooked sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Combine sugar, milk, butter, and salt in a 2-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Wash off sugar crystals that have formed on sides of pan, using a brush dipped in cold water.
  2. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches firm ball stage (244°). Remove from heat; cool to lukewarm (110°). Add sweet potatoes; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until mixture thickens. Stir in pecans. Pour candy into a well-buttered large serving platter. Cool and cut into 1-inch squares.
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