Old-Fashioned Taffy Pull

salt water taffy

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Yield: 96 candies
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
148 Calories
0g Fat
38g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 148
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 17mg 0%
*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.)

Taffy candy is one of those sweet treats that evokes pleasant memories—of carefree childhood and seashore boardwalk vacations in the summer. Enjoy those memories year-round with this taffy candy recipe made with granulated or brown sugar.

Note that a candy thermometer is required for this recipe.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Mix all ingredients except milk in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Stir often until sugar is completely dissolved. Increase heat and bring mixture to boiling. Slowly add the evaporated milk in a thin stream so boiling does not stop.

  3. Put a candy thermometer in pan; continue stirring. Cook and stir constantly until mixture reaches 248 F (firm ball stage). Dip the pastry brush in water and gently brush sides of the pan to wash crystals from sides of the pan. Do this a few times while candy is cooking.

  4. When candy has reached desired temperature, remove from heat, remove thermometer and without scraping sides and bottom of the pan, pour mixture onto a large platter which has been generously greased with margarine.

  5. Let the taffy mixture cool until it is cool enough to handle. Grease your hands with margarine; take a small portion of the candy and, using only the tips of your fingers, begin pulling. Candy should be white in color and no longer feel sticky when it has been pulled enough.

  6. Twist each pulled strip slightly and place on waxed paper. When all the candy is pulled, cut each strip into 1-inch pieces. Wrap each piece in waxed paper and twist ends. You can get a special colored paper for this. Store in a container with a tight-fitting cover.

  7. Serve and enjoy!