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Christmas Candy

Seaside nut roll
Granny has been making Seaside Candy Roll at Christmas for as long as I can remember. It’s super easy and quick. Since you store it in the frig it’s long lasting and perfect for taking along with you to a Christmas gathering.

You need:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (4 1/2 cups)

Seaside candy roll easy christmas candy
*Chop 1/2 cup of the pecans finely and 1/2 cup coarsely and set aside; mix together margarine, corn syrup, maple flavoring and salt;

*start adding powdered sugar to the corn syrup mixture a cup or so at a time;

*as you add the powdered sugar the mixture will began to have the texture of dough;

*turn the mixture out and knead in the rest of the powdered sugar and the finely chopped nuts;

*once the mixture is smooth divide it in half; roll/shape each half into a roll 2 inches thick; brush rolls with additional corn syrup;

*roll in coarsely chopped nuts; wrap in wax paper or foil and chill; slice into 1/4 inch pieces before serving.

I often skip the last step cause it’s the messiest and the Seaside Candy Rolls still taste great.


This post was originally published here on the Blind Pig in December of 2010.

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    December 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Ed-yes butter will work. I have used a hand held mixer and a stand mixer-both work well. If you make it-I hope you like it!
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      December 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      This was my question answered!

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    December 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Aggie-I am not allowed to play with the big boys. I am just too backward to take my part. But the plain ordinary folks, they love me and I them. I don’t recognize your name but I know I remember you from somewhere. Are you one of us plain ordinary folk? If you’re not just pretend you are and we won’t know the difference.

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    Ed Ammons
    December 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I do not eat margarine. Will butter work as well? Did you use a stand mixer? I am going to make this.

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    December 12, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Looks good. Our Nephew use to make a hard red cinnamon CHRISTmas candy that was like the outside of a candy apple. Yum!!! He hasn’t made that the last couple of years though, but with diabetes, I couldn’t eat it anyway. :o(
    God bless.

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    Aggie Tater
    December 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Would Eva Nell’s local drug store be; Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, K-mart, Kroger’s, Rite Aid, Munsey’s, Riddle Drugs, Food City, or Jefferson Fountain and Compounding Center…whew!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS Just pondering the location?

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    Aggie Tater
    December 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    where did you go? I know you would like this candy…its’ not mustard or yeller color. he, he, he!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS..I also know Ken is lurking in there somewhere he usually comments later in the day!
    Don is probably eatin’ teaberries and Jim is probably countin’ the books he has left!
    I hope Ethelene is well. I haven’t seen a comment from her in a while, maybe she is workin’ on a Christmas poem for all of us?

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    December 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    That Christmas Candy looks like it’d be like a Baby Ruth, minus
    the Chocolate covering. But when
    I have pancakes, I have to use the
    Sugar Cane type. Something about
    Maple flavored stuff makes me feel

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    December 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Yummy! I have never tried to make candy; I think this will be my first one to try. Thanks for the recipe!
    Is anyone counting the days, that is, besides me?

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    December 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    At first I thought you would be making some kind of salt-water Taffy; but, this does sound like the Stuckey’s pecan rolls. That thought resurrects childhood memories of stopping for a pecan roll on return vacation trips if my sister and I had been very good in the car.

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    eva nell wike, PhD
    December 12, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Tipper: That candy pecan roll is one of my favorites!
    Now I am fixen to set uo at our local drugstore for a book signing tomorrow. Wish all your post folks lived nearby, Yesterday I sold nine copies of “Fiddler” while I sat at my kitchen table! That sure beat driving over those beautiful mountains to NC for a signing. BUT don’t get me wrong – I love coming over when there is dew on the grass NOT ICE!
    Eva Nell,Author
    “Fiddler of the Mountains” w/CD of Uncle Johnny’s music from the ’50’s

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    Ken Ryan
    December 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I’ve never even heard of Sea Side candy rolls but it sure looks good. Peanut brittle has always been our traditional home made holiday candy.

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    December 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Oh goody! Never had this, but I am going to make it! Thanks for all you share with all of us, Tipper! Merry Christmas!

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    Bill Burnett
    December 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

    This sounds similar to Stuckeys Pecan Log Rolls but your recipe sounds simpler and the maple flavor sounds great.

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    December 12, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I think I have all the ingredients on hand to make this delicious looking candy. Anything made with pecans and powdered sugar has got to be good.

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    Miss Cindy
    December 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Tipper, that looks wonderful. With all that sugar and pecans it’s go to be good.
    The only Christmas Candy we ever made was mints. Now that I’m here you and I could try again to recreate my mother’s recipe.

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    b. Ruth
    December 12, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I don’t think I have even eaten Seaside Candy Roll. However, it certainly reminds me of the times we went to the seaside. Myrtle Beach, SC and Florida beaches, we would have to stop at Stucky’s Pecan Store. My Mother just couldn’t go back home without a Pecan Log roll.
    Wish we had Granny’s recipe back in the 50’s so she could have made these, I know she would have loved them.
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS I am having trouble finding the larger thick, meaty pecans this year.

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 12, 2014 at 7:21 am

    yum, I will try this for my family. Never had it, but I love maple candy

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