Sunday, June 5, 2016

Salt Water Taffy

When I was in 5th grade, I started making salt water taffy to sell in our Friday classroom auctions. Mom had large selection of flavorings that I slowly worked my way through, with banana and strawberry being the all-time favorites. Soon she was only left with wintergreen and licorice - not sure why she never let me try those flavors...haha!

1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. Lorann flavoring
Food coloring

Mix sugar and cornstarch in 1-1/2 quart saucepan. Stir in next four ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and sugar is completely dissolved. Continue cooking, without stirring, until temperature reaches 250 degrees (decrease 2 degrees for every 1,000 ft above sea level) or until a hard but plastic ball is formed in cold water. After boiling has ceased, stir in flavor and color. pour onto lightly greased cookie sheet (or Flexiflat). Let stand until cool enough to handle. Grease hands and pull until it has a satin-like finish and light color. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Wrap in twisting paper.

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