Molasses Candy

Candi Tire a la Melasse

Louisiana is rightly the home of Molasses Candy, for it was right here, in this old city, in the environments of which sugar was first raised in the United States, and Molasses, sweet and health-giving, was first given to the world, that Molasses Candy, or Candi Tire, as the Creoles call it, first had birth. Candi Tire parties, or Molasses Candy Pullings, were among the pleasurable incidents of life among the early New Orleans belles and beaux. Take:


  • A Quart of Louisiana Molasses
  • A Tablespoonful of Butter
  • A Pound of Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoonfuls of Vinegar
  • ½ Teaspoonful of Soda
  • The Juice of a Lemon


Boil the sugar until it becomes quite thick when dropped into water. Add the Molasses and the vinegar and butter. Boil till it hardens when dropped into cold water. Then stir in a small half teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda, and pour into buttered tins, and as soon as it begins to cool sufficiently pull till white. Moisten the hands while pulling with ice water or butter. The sticks may be single, twisted, braided or flattened, according to taste.

It was a treat to the children of this generation to see the women going about with their great salvers, on which were laid snowy napkins and rows upon rows of beautiful white Candi Tire, or Pulled Candy, as the name indicated. The women used to sit in the school yards at the noon recess, and every day their stores were exhausted, whether they had Pralines, La Colle, or Candi Tire. Each school had its regular “Candy Woman, ” who made it her duty to be there exactly as the clock struck twelve. Many a faithful servant helped to support her former mistress in the broken fortunes of the family after the war by her sale of Molasses Candy, Pralines, La Colle, or Mais Tactac.