My long-standing obsession with Candlelight Inn is well documented.

Whether it be talking about how their chicken is worth the drive wherever you live in Illinois or flipping out because their special brand of chicken is that much closer to Rockford, I don't miss many chances to chat up Candlelight Inn.

Ever since my family moved to Dixon, I've been a fan of Chicken George. The fried chicken dinner is a specialty at Candlelight Inn in Sterling and Rock Falls.

While the chicken is delish, the coup de gras is the Jan Sauce. Named after Jan Prescott and invented in 1971, Jan Sauce is the sweet and sour dipping concoction that has been often imitated but never duplicated.

I actually received an email regarding the Jan sauce recipe over the weekend from a fan willing to share the secret with me, but in all honesty, I don't need it nor do I want it.

That's because my Mom, who was a pretty good cook, believed she figured it out. Here are the ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Tabasco Sauce

That's all I remember. I don't recall how much of each ingredient goes into making a decent batch but I thought it tasted pretty good back in the day.

Is the right stuff? Am I missing something?

Sweet Lenny is the brand manager of 97ZOK and Operations Manager for Townsquare Media Rockford. Catch him afternoons 3 to 7 on 97ZOK. Follow him on TwitterInstagram and like his page on Facebook.