Old-Victorian Molasses Taffy

JoSele Swopes


I found this recipe in one of my cookbooks years ago when the kids were little and would do it the same time that we would do the bread dough ornaments...again the whole neighborhood was at my house...I would have Taffy pulling contests, I would make the Taffy and they would pull it...So we called it our Taffy Pulling Parties...Everyone had a blast....including me...Great Memories....

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1 1/2 pounds
20 Min
30 Min


2 c
1 c
1/2 c
1/2 c
butter, unsalted
1/4 c
corn syrup, light

How to Make Old-Victorian Molasses Taffy


  • 1Butter the sides of a heavy 3-qt saucepan..In the pan combine sugar, molasses, water, butter, and corn syrup...Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly so as not to scorch the ingredients...till sugar is dissolved...
  • 2Continue cooking and stirring over medium heat, to 265* (candy thermometer)Hard Ball Stage in a cold glass of water...with out stirring now, mixture should boil gently over entire surface(not rolling boil)Pour onto buttered platter or shallow baking pan (cookie sheet)...
  • 3Cool 15 to 20 minutes or till easy to handle...(this where the kids come in) Butter your hands lightly and pull candy till light in color and difficult to pull...
  • 4On a counter top rub and twist candy into ropes, 1/2 inch in diameter...
    With buttered scissors, cut candy into bite size pieces...Wrap each piece in wax paper and twist or you can use clear plastic wrap...
  • 5Makes 1 1/2 pounds of candy....You may add flavors to it or food coloring to it before cooking....

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About Old-Victorian Molasses Taffy

Course/Dish: Candies