Put a little ‘spirit’ in the candy

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By Susan Lowery

This column is for adults only, as the recipes all have alcohol in them.

Alice Columbo's Bourbon Fudge recipe is easy and tasty. A nice box of this fudge makes a great gift. My mom used to put hers in the freezer and ration herself -"one piece a day," although it was usually all gone in a week.

Bourbon balls are greatly appreciated too, whether dipped in chocolate or rolled in powdered sugar. My grandma Dillon made them only one time a year, but she made a lot!

Sometimes she would use hickory nuts or walnuts instead of pecans.

She had a Styrofoam head (the kind you put wigs on) and after she dipped the balls in the chocolate, she'd stick the toothpicks in it until the chocolate dried. After she removed them, from the head and removed the toothpick, she'd put them on wax paper and use a toothpick to smear a little chocolate over the toothpick hole.

They were greatly appreciated by all the lucky folks who got them.

Alice Columbo's Bourbon Fudge

4 cups sugar

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk

1 (10.5 oz.) pkg. of marshmallows

1 (12 oz.) pkg. of chocolate chips

1 cup of chopped walnuts

4 tablespoons of 100 proof bourbon

Grease 9 x 13 pan. In large saucepan, combine sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Cook till 240 degrees on candy thermometer. Put marshmallows and chips in bowl; pour candy over and stir till melted. Add nuts and bourbon. Stir well. Pour into pan. Cool. Makes 4 pounds.

Kentucky Colonel Bourbon Balls

1 stick butter

4 tablespoons bourbon

1 cup chopped pecans

1 lb. powdered sugar

Powdered sugar for rolling or chocolate chips, melted with a little paraffin

Soak nuts overnight in bourbon. Melt butter, add to nuts and bourbon. Mix in powdered sugar. Refrigerate a while if necessary to form balls. Make small balls and 1) roll in powdered sugar, or 2) dip in melted chocolate using a toothpick, then put them on waxed paper and use toothpick to smear small amount of chocolate over toothpick hole. Makes about 2 dozen.