In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the family of Wilma Dempsey Jones is once again sharing her recipe for Ginger Candy.
Jones was a breast cancer survivor for approximately 15 years. On June 19, 2008, she lost her battle with the disease. For many, whether family, close friends or acquaintances, Jones is remembered for her dedication to helping others who suffered from the effects of Chemotherapy and other medications or illness that caused nausea.
Before Jones began Chemotherapy, she tried desperately to find Ginger Candy. Unable to find it in West Virginia, she made her own. It helped her, so she started making it for everyone that needed it.
Many times she would leave work to go home and make the candy. Jones would take the candy and the recipe to the chemo labs where she took chemo. Each time she heard about someone having cancer, she would send them candy. Many people requested the candy for their family and friends. The candy and recipe has sent all over the U.S. and even to Australia.
Wilma Jones’ Ginger Candy
2 Tsp. Ginger mixed with
2 cups Domino Pure Granulated Sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
Using a wooden spoon, stir first four ingredients in a saucepan over low heat until dissolved. Increase to high heat. Bring to boil without stirring and cook for 15-20 minutes until 300 degrees Fahrenheit or hard-crack stage. (To test: put a drop of mixture in a glass of water: if brittle ball forms it is ready. Remove from heat (as with any hot liquid, take special care in handling).
Cool at room temperature and break into small pieces. Coat with powered sugar.
(Editor’s Note — Ginger has been used to control or prevent nausea, Vomiting, and motion sickness; as an anti-inflammatory (a drug that reduces pain and swelling as in arthritis), a cold remedy, an aid to digestion; a remedy for intestinal gas; and to help relieve nausea in cancer patients who are having chemotherapy. Ginger may interfere with blood clotting and should only be used by cancer patients after talking about it with their doctors. This concern applies mostly to people whose clotting unction is already weakened by their cancer or its treatment, or to people having surgery.)