Sesame Benne’ Candy – Fudge or Pralines

  • Yield : 24
  • Servings : 24
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 40m
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When I was a little girl, I remember an aunt would make candy with sesame seeds… this is the recipe! The Cajun word for sesame is benne and roasting them brings back wonderful childhood memories.
Recipe submitted bt\y a website visitor.


  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 pound box light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar


Step 1

Heavily butter an 11x2-inch Pyrex baking dish. Wash sesame seeds, removing any debris that may be in the seeds, and drain well. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat until a drop of water bounces around the skillet. Pour seeds into skillet and stir constantly. Dry and parch seeds until light brown, approximately 2 minutes. Do not burn seeds. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, milk and vinegar. Using a wooden spoon, stir constantly until ingredients are dissolved. Cook over medium high heat to light crack stage. If using a candy thermometer, the temperature should be between 265 and 285 degrees. Once it reaches the desired temperature, remove from heat and beat in the sesame seeds with a spoon. Pour immediately into prepared dish. Score candy while still warm and cut into squares when cool.


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