Does anyone remember taffy pulls? No? Actually I don't remember having any either. But I do remember reading about them and thinking how fun they sounded. My most vivid memory is the Taffy Pulling story from a Raggedy Ann and Andy story book. Boy did that sound like fun!
Well, here's your chance to make a few fun taffy pulling memories of your own.. May 23 is National Taffy day.
What is taffy? According to Wikipedia:
"Taffy is a type of chewy candy. Taffy is made by stretching or pulling a sticky mass of boiled sugar, butter or vegetable oil, flavorings, and coloring until fluffy. When this process is complete, the taffy is rolled, cut into small pastel-colored pieces and wrapped in wax paper to keep it soft."
An interesting video about taffy making and pulling.
Try this old-fashioned taffy recipe from the 1920's
- Two cups granulated sugar
- one-half cup water
- two tablespoonfuls vinegar
- one tablespoonful butter
- one teaspoonful vanilla
- one-half teaspoonful cream of tartar
- Cup of cold water for testing the candy
- Well buttered cookie sheet or platter
- Wax paper
- In a medium sized saucepan with a heavy bottom, cook the first 5 ingredients.
- Stir with a wooden spoon over a low heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Increase the heat, and cook without stirring until the mixture begins to boil.
- Watch carefully so that it does not burn.
- Test readiness by dropping a few drops of the mixture in cold water.
- If the drops crack then the mixture is ready.
- Take the taffy off the heat add the cream of tartar and pour onto the buttered cookie sheet.
- Let the mixture cool before you start pulling.
- When the taffy is cool enough, grease the your hands with butter.
- Give each child a lump of taffy to pull or they can pull a piece between them.
- Pull and stretch the taffy until it is light and slightly firm.
- Using scissors, cut stretched candy into bite-size pieces.
- When completely cool, wrap each piece in waxed paper.