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Aunt Bill's Baked Candy

From: frances
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 8:01 PM
Subject: candy recipe

In the past I made Aunt Bill's candy in the oven.  It would bake at a low heat and be stirred at certain intervals.  
I can't find the recipe which was as good as the really time consuming and exhausting regular recipe.   
Could you please help me find this?

Thank you in advance'

Hello Frances,

Sorry, I had no success finding a baked version, just the ones made in a skillet or a saucepan. There is a microwave version, though. See below.


Aunt  Bill's  Microwave  Candy

c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. buttermilk
3/4 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. pecans, chopped

Combine sugar, soda, buttermilk and butter in a large 2 quart microwave bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and punch holes in the wrap.  
Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes, stirring and turning dish.  Continue cooking for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. 
Take dish out, stir well and turn, replace in the microwave and cook 2 minutes more or until soft ball forms in cold water or 
tests 236 degrees on a candy thermometer.  (Do not put thermometer in the microwave!)  
Take candy from the oven and add vanilla and beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.  Candy will be light brown.  
Watch closely as not to over beat. Stir in pecans and pour immediately into a buttered 9"x13" pan.  
Cool and cut into pieces.  Makes approximately 1 1/2 pounds of candy  

Rich's Department Store Bakery Rum Balls

From: kathy 
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 9:54 PM
Subject: Rich's bakery and giant rum balls....

Hi. I was so excited to see your post!

Ever since I was a child, I've fondly remembered my sisters and I going to Rich's bakery with our Aunt Nellie, 
who lived up on the hill behind Peachtree Battle Shopping center in Atlanta, and  peering into the glass case, 
RIGHT at my eye level, at the giant (about 2 and a half inches around) rum balls covered in chocolate krinkles. 

For decades I have wondered what ever happened to Rich's bakery and how I could get some more of those delicious and delectable rum balls!

Oh, how I would love to find the recipe and make some for my sisters and myself.... 

I can still see these in my mind... in the green and white checkered box with the little window in the top...Aunt Nellie would buy each of us 1 rum ball. 
I remember distinctly how it tasted velvety smooth, chocolatey & just like rum YUM! Could it be that Rich's sold alcoholic rum balls to the general public.????!

Welll, I now work in an elementary school, just like Aunt Nellie did, and I want to make a non-alcoholic version to share at school for Cristmas... 
Surely Rich's was selling one....and not for real alcoholic ones...

So, you can see how, when I saw your site, I got all excited and thought there might be hope....

Can you help me? I saw that the recipe was not on your site, yet....  but, maybe we can spread the word and find it... Hope so!

"Little Kathy"

Hi Kathy,

I had no success locating an actual recipe from Rich’s for these, nor was I able to find a copycat. There are other rum ball recipes below with rum flavoring instead of real rum.

The only items on the web that I found regarding Rich's rum balls were a mention here:
Theresa Rice

and a message board recipe request here:


That request has been there for several weeks with no replies, which is not a hopeful sign.

I will, of course, post this on my site.


Chocolate  Rum  Balls

1 c. sm. sweet chocolate pieces
7 oz. jar marshmallow creme
1 tbsp. rum flavoring
3 c. crisp rice cereal
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. chopped pecans

  Melt chocolate over hot, not boiling, water.  Remove when melted and mix with marshmallow creme and rum flavoring.  
Add 3 cups crisp rice cereal, 1/2 cup shredded coconut and chopped pecans.  Mix well and form into one inch balls.  
These can be rolled in red or green tinted coconut (shredded).  You may also use mint flavoring or bourbon. 
Store in airtight container. 
Rum Balls

1 c. vanilla wafers
1 c. 10X sugar
1 1/2 c. finely chopped nuts
2 tbsp. cocoa
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1/4 c. rum, 
3 tbsp. Pet milk
1 tsp. rum flavoring

Roll in sugar and seal in container. 
Chocolate  Rum  Balls

2 boxes powdered sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla
1 tsp. rum flavoring
1 stick butter
1 can Eagle Brand milk
4 cans coconut
1 c. chopped nuts

  Melt butter, add nuts, sugar, milk, rum flavoring.  Mix by hand thoroughly and form little balls on cookie sheet.  
Place in refrigerator overnight.  In double boiler add 1/4 of paraffin (Gulf), add 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips and melt together.  
Dip the balls in chocolate mixture, roll in coconut and chopped nuts, set aside to cool.  Store in tight container. 

Eva Pressley Butter Cake

From: Molnar
Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2011 7:16 PM
Subject: Looking for:

Eva Pressley butter cake?

cleveland, Ohio

Hello Molnar,

Please give your first name when making a request.

I am guessing that you mean the Eva Pressley who was a caterer in Charlotte, NC in the 1950s – 1960s. I had no success finding any recipes at all of Eva Pressley’s. It does not appear that any have survived.


I remember years ago someone saying Eva Pressley's butter cake was similar to Fannie Farmer's version of a Lady Baltimore cake without the fruit or nut filling.

I hope this helps.              

Timm in Oregon

Fannie Farmer's Lady Baltimore Cake recipe can be found here: The Old Foodie

Oroweat Rolls

From: Charlotte 
Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2011 6:13 PM
Subject: Recipe for Oroweat Master's Best Winter Wheat Rolls

Dear Phaedrus, 

I hope you can help me find a recipe for Oroweat Master's Best Winter Wheat Rolls.  They discontinued them a number of years ago, but still make the loaf bread.  
They we soooooo good with toasted seeds on the outside.  I especially liked them sliced open, topped with a sharp cheddar or monterey jack cheese and broiled.  
The bread is a whole wheat with lots of seeds and nuts in it and just slightly sweet. I have been looking for a recipe that comes close for years but no luck, 
maybe you can do better.


Hello Charlotte,

Well, Oroweat still makes and sells wheat dinner rolls, so I guess you must be referring to a different, discontinued, product when you say “Oroweat Master's Best Winter Wheat Rolls”. I’m not familiar with those, nor could I find anything about them.



I had no success locating a copycat recipe for a commercial product with that name. Sorry.


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