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An Old-Fashioned Taffy Pull

by on December 5, 2012


The Holiday season tis upon us. Get those stretchy pants out and comfy shoes out, ’cause here’s a dish you can make with the family. A dish where you can really get your hands dirty and if you can refrain from eating this sweet confection from your fingers, it makes a great dish to pass at holiday parties.


1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Grease square pan, 8x8x2 inches, with butter. Mix sugar and cornstarch in 2-quart saucepan. Stir in corn syrup, water, butter and salt. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook, without stirring, to 265ºF on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into cup of very cold water forms a hard ball that holds its shape but is pliable; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour into pan.
  2. When taffy is just cool enough to handle, pull it with lightly buttered hands until satiny, light in color and stiff. Pull into long strips 1/2 inch wide. Cut strips into 1 1/2-inch pieces, using scissors. (For easier cutting, wipe scissors with vegetable oil.) Wrap pieces individually in plastic wrap or waxed paper (candy must be wrapped to hold its shape).
Makes 4 dozen candies
Experiment with different candy flavorings or add a few drops of food coloring to each batch to give it a festive feel. Enjoy.

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  1. Dahlia DeWinters permalink

    Nothing like sweet sweet candy. Thank you for sharing.

  2. What a fun recipe to share with the kids!

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