Preparation / Directions:
Combine sugar, sour cream, corn syrup, butter and salt in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolves. Boil without stirring to 236 degrees (soft ball stage) on candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Cool for 15 minutes. Do not stir. Add vanilla and rum extract. Beat until mixture looses its shine. Stir in 1/2 cup cherries and 1/2 cup walnuts. Pour into a buttered shallow pan. Spread remaining 1/2 cup cherries and remaining 1/2 cup walnuts across the top. Cool. Cut into diamond shapes. MAkes 1-1/2 pounds.