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How to Make Homemade Salt Water Style Taffy

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How to Make Homemade Salt Water Taffy

The basic requirements to making good taffy, as in making any candy, is strict attention and a few good tools. Too many novice candy makers have had disappointments because of inadequate directions. Candy is simply sugar, liquid, and flavoring melted together and heated high enough to solidify. The degree of heat dictates the consistency of the candy; the higher the heat, the harder the candy. This being said, if you want taffy, the heat in which it is cooked should be in between 242 degree to 268 degrees. Then your candy becomes firm and chewy. If the heat is to high the moisture will evaporate and the results will be hard brittle candy. More like toffee and brittles.
Since humidity causes candy to sugar and soften, it's better to make on a cool clear day.
Use only real butter for candy making.
Any bits of undissolved sugar will cause the mixture to become grainy. To prevent sugar crystals from forming, before heating stir all ingredients together well. While cooking, wash down the sides of the cooking pot with a pastry brush that has been dipped in water. After the mixture boils this won't be necessary. Because the steam will help knock down sugar crystals.

things you'll need:

    2 quart saucepan
    candy thermometer
    large buttered cookie sheet
    cooking scissors, buttered
    wax paper, cut into 4 inch squares

            2 cups white granulated sugar
            1 cup light corn syrup
            1-1/2 teaspoons salt
            2 tablespoons butter
            1-1/2 cups water
            1/4 teaspoon flavored oil
            7 drops food coloring

            Combine sugar,syrup, salt and water in the 2 quart saucepan. Cook slowly, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.

            Cook to hard ball stage(248 to 268 degrees,between 260 and 265 is about right). Without stirring. Attach candy thermometer to side of saucepan to do this. Do not over cook,or raise the heat to high and try to rush it. Remove from heat; stir in flavored oil and food coloring.
            Pour onto buttered cookie sheet. Let cool until you can handle with comfort.

            With buttered hands; gather the taffy into a ball and pull. When taffy is light in color and starts to get hard to pull, cut into fourths; pull each piece into long strands about 1/2 inch thick. You'll need to work quickly, having 2 people sometimes helps.

            With the buttered scissors, quickly cut the strand into bite size pieces. Wrap each piece in wax paper.
            Makes about 1-1/4 pounds.



Jun 22, 2011 6:43am
Is taffy the same as we call toffee. If so I had never heard of a salt one. Thanks for that.
Jun 22, 2011 11:54am
Not the same. Thanks for the visit. Sent you a PM.
Jun 30, 2011 10:36pm
I am going to have to try this when I get time, love taffy. Always wanted to make my own candy.
Jan 4, 2012 12:42pm
Good luck.
Jul 12, 2011 3:04pm
My mother used to make salt water taffy and I helped her pull it, cutting was the best part, next to eating it. This salt water taffy recipe sounds delightful. Memories....
Jan 4, 2012 12:40pm
Thanks Sharon, we made it when I was a kid too.
Jul 21, 2011 4:38am
Good article. I like toffee, but as Eileen above mentions taffy, I too thought they were the same thing. Taffy is a Welsh term, I believe?
Aug 10, 2011 11:36am
Thanks Tom, here the 2 are different.Maybe I need to write an article on it
Nov 16, 2011 8:52pm
This is a good recipe. I usually try to get taffy on a vacation but now I can make it for myself.
Jan 4, 2012 12:42pm
I always get taffy at vacation time too, but all other times I like to make my own. Great for gift giving too.
Nov 19, 2011 2:10am
I would have never guessed that a person could make their own salt water taffy at home. My mother will love this article!
Jan 4, 2012 12:41pm
Thanks cosmo, hope she likes it.
Nov 19, 2011 5:59am
My girls love taffy! I'd like to try this but haven't had much luck with candy making...tried to make candy apples once and the candy was soo sticky I think I lost a couple of fillings! Going by your article maybe I didn't have the heat high enough. Thanks, for the info!
Jan 4, 2012 12:39pm
Thanks for the visit. In candy making you have to pay strict attention to the temperatures.
Apr 21, 2012 5:24pm
Great recipe! Another one to try. Pinning this.
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