This old-fashioned candy recipe is one my mother-in-law, Cora Martin, made back in the 1920s. It takes two people to pull the taffy after it’s cooked. You can even make a party of it. Here’s how to make it.
Things You’ll Need:
- 1 cup molasses
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- egg sized lumps of butter
- vanilla (to taste)
Mix all the ingredients, except the vanilla in a pan (molasses, sugar, vinegar, butter).
Bring it to a boil on the stove top. Boil for 10 minutes. Stir frequently. She always used a wooden spoon for this.
Add vanilla to taste.
Remove it from the burner and allow it to cool enough to be handled.
Coat your hands with butter, then pull the taffy with each person holding an end.
When the taffy becomes light in color, it has been pulled enough.
Twist the candy, then cut it into small pieces.
After reading Gail’s memories and the family recipe for taffy, I did some research using Newspapers.com. I found a similar description of the family having fun together making the sticky, stretchy candy. This clipping is from a Kansas paper, The Collyer Advance, 02 Jan 1930, Thu, Page 2
What’s became of the old-fashioned watch party on New Year’s eve? Remember how we used to congregate at some neighbor’s home, eat pop-corn and apples (and sometimes drink sweet cider) until a midnight hour and then all join in singing a welcoming song as the new year opened before us? Some years when the cane was exceptionally good and there was an abundance of sorghum, we’d have taffy pulls. My, how good that taffy tasted, especially if it was seasoned with black walnuts!There’s another thing, too, that we remember in connection with the taffy pull, and that is how clean our hands would become after we had pulled and stretched our wad of candy (and had dropped it upon the floor a half dozen times) and had twined it around our fingers. No matter how dirty one’s hands were they always emerged from a taffy pull as white and clean as tho they had been given a scouring with Lewis lye.
Here’s a slightly different recipe for cream taffy from a 1930s Kansas newspaper.