Pumpkin Candy

Preparation info
  • Makes

    3 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
I Hear America Cooking

By Betty Fussell

Published 1986

  • About

A uniquely American sweet is one made from fresh pumpkin chips. The Indians would cut a pumpkin or squash into two-by-four-inch strips, then soften the strips in a bath of woodashes or lye. Finally, they would boil the strips in sugary syrup, sometimes flavored with cilantro, until the syrup was clear and the chips brittle. Easier probably for the city cook is a device recommended by Eliza Leslie in her