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Penuche Candy Squares

Penuche Candy SquaresA sweet treat to add to your holiday low-sugar candy repertoire.

Butter the inside of the saucepan before you begin making this candy. This prevents sugar from clinging to the sides and it makes for a creamier candy.

Recipe Ingredients:

3/4 cup Splenda® Sugar Blend
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup half-and-half
1/3 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cooking Directions:

  1. Grease an 8x8-inch pan with vegetable cooking spray.
  2. Butter sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan; add Splenda® Sugar Blend for Baking, brown sugar, half and half, and milk. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until candy thermometer reaches 236°F (110°C) or soft ball stage (about 15 to 20 minutes). Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla; do not stir. Cool, without stirring, until mixture reaches 110°F | 45°C (about 50 minutes).
  3. Add pecans; beat with a wooden spoon or with a mixer fitted with paddle attachment until mixture thickens and just begins to lose its gloss. Quickly pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Score in squares and cool completely; cut when firm.

Makes 16 squares.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe; 1 square): Calories 150 | Calories from Fat 45 | Fat 5.0g (sat 1.5g) | Cholesterol 5mg | Sodium 25mg | Carbohydrates 23g | Fiber 0g | Sugars 23g | Protein 1g.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Splenda, Inc. Splenda® is a no-calorie sweetener made from sugar that is suitable for diabetics. For more information regarding this product, please call 1-800-777-5363 or visit their website at