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Homemade Taffy Candy Recipe

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This recipe for Homemade Taffy Candy, by , is from Favorite Recipes from Generation to Generation , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Kim Russell
Added: Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3 cups of white sugar;
1 cup of white Karo syrup;
Scan 1/2 cup of water, and finish filling to 1 cup with vinegar;
1 T margarine (to oil dish).


Directions:
Directions:
Mix sugar, Karo, water and vinegar and cook to 262F (using a candy thermometer).

When temperature has been reached, pour it into a greased 9 x 13" glass dish (which has been placed on a hot pad to protect the table or countertop underneath the pan (IT WILL BE HOT!!)

You can add a dollop of peanut butter (either crunch or smooth) or a cup or two of chocolate chips to the hot mixture.

Let it start to cool and occasionally check it. As it starts to harden and you can start pulling it away from the sides (it will still be VERY hot... almost too hot to handle), stir in the peanut butter or chocolate.

On a large cutting board, smooth a layer of flour over it. Butter your hands (to protect them from having the hot candy stick to your hands) and pick up a small amount (about a cup) of the candy mixture and start to pull it. Having a friend or two help with another part of the candy really helps since there is a limited amount time before the candy hardens too much on it's own and you can't pull it. You can keep adding butter to protect your hands, and even a small amount of flour to keep it from sticking too much.

Taking the hot candy, you pull it, fold it back together and pull it again. You continue this process until it turns opaque. This process builds arm muscles!!

At the point you can stretch it and twist it into a rope, then put it on the floured cutting board and using kitchen shears dipped in flour, start cutting the rope into pieces of taffy. To keep the candy from sticking to the plate, wrap each piece in a small piece of wax paper, twisted on the ends.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This was a favorite recipe that has been passed down in my family from my Great-Grandmother, Mama Brian to my Grandmother, Thelma Brian Evans, to my Mother, Shirley Evans Kelly and now to me!

 

 

 

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