Molasses Taffy Candy Recipe

Molasses taffy
Paigeinrealife / Twenty20
  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
367 Calories
3g Fat
88g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 367
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 88g 32%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 174mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Old-fashioned molasses taffy is an easy candy to make at home. Instructions are included for the pulling method. You can make this candy by yourself, but it is more fun to have helpers to pull it.


  • 2 cups molasses (unsulfured)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (white, or cider)

Steps to Make It

  1. Butter a platter or baking sheet. In a large saucepan, combine molasses, sugar, butter, and cider or white vinegar.

  2. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil and cook, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 250 F (the hard-ball stage) on a candy thermometer, or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a ball that is hard enough to hold its shape yet is pliable.

  3. Pour onto the platter. Using a spatula, turn the edges toward the center to speed cooling.

Pulling Taffy

  1. While taffy-pulling is best known as an amusing group operation, it's perfectly possible to pull taffy all by yourself. Old-time kitchens often had "taffy hooks" permanently attached to a wall.

  2. Before you begin, grease a pair of scissors and have on hand squares of wax paper for wrapping.

  3. Let your cooked taffy sit just until it is barely cool enough to work with. If it gets too cool, you can warm it in a 350 F oven for 3 to 4 minutes.

  4. Coat your hands well with cornstarch or butter. Form the candy into one or more balls. Now start pulling.

  5. Working fast, pull a lump of candy between the fingertips of one hand and the other until it's about 15 inches long.

  6. Now double it up and pull again. Continue pulling, as in step 1, until the candy is porous and hard to pull.

  7. Stretch the candy into a rope about 3/4-inch in diameter.

  8. Cut with the greased scissors into 1-inch pieces. To prevent sticking, wrap each piece of candy individually in a square of wax paper; twist the ends to seal. Keep the wrapped taffies in a tightly closed tin.

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