Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hand Pulled Taffy


Last night my mom came and taught a class on how to pull taffy! I thought I would share the recipes and some tips! They all turned out so so good!

Any Flavor Taffy

2 1/2 cups white sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup corn syrup

1 1/3 cups water

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 (0.13 ounce) package unsweetened, fruit-flavored soft drink mix


Directions

Butter 2 large baking sheets, and set them aside.

In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Add corn syrup, water, butter and salt, and stir to blend. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook until the mixture reads 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat, and immediately stir in the drink mix powder. Quickly pour out onto the prepared baking sheets, and let stand until cool enough to handle.

Grab a few helpers, and butter everyone's hands. Stretch (pull) the taffy until it lightens in color, and becomes firm. Roll into bite size pieces, and wrap in small squares of waxed paper.


TIP: We actually found on this recipe if you only cook it to the soft ball stage which is about 240 degrees and pull it for about 10 to 15 minutes, twist it like a rope and put it in the fridge for about 5 minutes it is the consistancy of Laffy Taffy! We just used grape Kool Aid to flavor the taffy, it was so so good! SOFT and MOIST!


Honey Taffy


1/2 C Sugar

1/2 C Cream or Half and Half

1 C Honey


Directions

Pour into buttered 13x9 pan, cool until candy can be handled, and pull until candy turns creamy white and is difficult to pull.

Twist in 1/2 inch rope place on wax paper. Make indents in rope with knife, turn over rope and hit indents with back of knife.




Molasses Taffy


2 C Sugar

1/3 C Molasses

1/3 C Karo Syrup

1/3 C Water

1/3 C Cube Butter


Directions

Pour into buttered 13x9 pan, cool until candy can be handled, and pull until candy turns creamy white and is difficult to pull.

Twist in 1/2 inch rope place on wax paper. Make indents in rope with knife, turn over rope and hit indents with back of knife.


Another trick you can use is butter a cookie sheet and fill your bath tub with a little bit of cold water. Place the cookie sheet in the tub but don't let any water get into the pan. You will want to scrap the pan until it is cool enough to touch. You will know when it is ready to pull cause it will not be quite at sticky and you can actually pull it!


I just found a great blog with pictures of them making taffy since my hands were too sticky to take pictures!! click here


This is a great summer activity for the kids! My daughter loves to watch it being pulled..she is a little small to actually pull it right now!


Enjoy!!!

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