Mexican Orange Drops

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  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup boiling orange juice
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Grated rind of 2 oranges
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped


  1. Heat milk in the top of a double boiler.
  2. Melt the 1 cup sugar in a saucepan. When the sugar is a rich brown, stir in the orange juice. Add the hot milk. Stir in the 2 cups sugar and salt until dissolved. Bring to a boil and cook, covered, for 3 minutes until the steam washes down any crystals on the sides of the pan.
  3. Cook uncovered over low heat, without stirring, to the soft-ball stage, 238 degrees F.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the orange rind. Let the mixture cool.
  5. Beat until creamy, then stir in the nuts. Drop the candy from a spoon onto heavy-duty foil.

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