Molasses Taffy

Molasses Taffy is a fun recipe to make with a friend or family!

1/2 cup dark molasses

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 Tbsp. cider vinegar

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

1/4 cup melted butter

1/8 tsp. baking soda

Oil a large baking sheet.

Combine molasses, sugar, water and vinegar in a 3 quart heavy saucepan, stirring to blend well.

Stir constantly over medium-low heat and bring to a boil. Stir in cream of tartar.

Cover and let boil for 2-3 minutes. Uncover, and wash down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water.

Without stirring, continue to boil over medium heat to the hard ball stage (256 degrees) on a candy thermometer.

Add the melted butter and baking soda right before it is done.

Pour out onto the prepared baking sheet. As the candy cools around the edges, oil your fingertips and fold it toward the center to form a mass.

When it is cool enough to handle, the best method is to find a partner to help pull, both of you should oil or butter your hands and using your fingertips and thumbs, pull the taffy out about 12 inches. Otherwise just use your own to hands, well greased.

Fold it back on itself , twist, pull again, and repeat until it is porous, light-colored, and almost too hard to pull.

Shape into a long rope and cut with a greased knife or scissors into small pieces.

Put on wax paper to harden, then store between sheets of wax paper in an airtight tin.

Keep it in a cool place so it doesn’t get sticky.

Makes 1 lb.

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