Mrs. Claus' Cookbook - Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy

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From the kitchen of Eric Steventon

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Recipe Details

Total Time:
not specified
24 Pieces
Gluten‑free, Kid friendly, Travels well


1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2/3 cup white corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
few drops food coloring
1/2 teaspoon flavoring extracts (vanilla, almond, orange, peppermint, etc.)


  1. Mix sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan.

  2. Stir in corn syrup, butter, water and salt.

  3. Cook over a moderate heat until mixture reaches 254 degrees or until a few drops tested in cold water form a ball which holds its shape.

  4. Remove from heat, add a few drops of food coloring and flavoring extract, and pour into a buttered platter. Cool until it can be handled comfortably.

  5. Butter your hands and pull the taffy until it is light in color and firm enough to hold a shape.

  6. Stretch into a roll about 1 inch in diameter and snip off bits with kitchen shears.

  7. Wrap each piece in small squares of waxed paper.


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