Welcome to our Sweat Sweet Shoppe! If you are alarmed by red dye, excessive amounts of sugar and under age workers turn away now!
If not, stick around and see how we made loads of homemade taffy!
Here’s our recipe
2 1/2 cups white sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup light corn syrup
1 1/3 cups water
2 tablespoons butter (plus lots extra to butter hands, we probably used over 1/2 of stick of butter on our hands)
1 teaspoon salt
1 – .21oz (6g) package unsweetened, fruit-flavored drink mix (like Kool-Aid) (we used cherry)****however I used Great Value brand from Wal-mart and those were the measurements on the package and it said it made two quarts of drink. On the Kool-Aid packet that makes two quarts it has different amounts (far less) I would still only use 1 packet since it is still flavoring the same amount of water.
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Butter large jelly roll pan or a cookie sheet with sides really well.
In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Add corn syrup, water, butter and salt and stir well until butter is melted. Bring to a boil over medium heat and stop stirring. Cook mixture until candy thermometer read 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). This takes some time to get it to 250 degrees. Once it approaches 250 degrees watch very closely because it cooks quickly at the end. Immediately remove from heat. Carefully stir in vanilla and drink mix. Stir well. We should have stirred ours more– notice some bits of drink mix (dark spots) on our taffy. Pour mixture onto buttered baking pan. Allow to cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes.
Once the taffy has cooled enough to handle, butter hands and begin pulling. (It starts kind of translucent)
Then pull…and pull…butter hands again…pull…
and stretch…pull…more hand buttering…pull…
It will become more opaque and lighten in color depending on the attention span of your workers! This takes about 10-15 minutes of pulling.
Pull into long ropes and cut with buttered scissors.
Wrap pieces of taffy in pieces of waxed paper
and give it a good twist on each end.