Question: This past summer, while we were on vacation, we purchased delicious saltwater taffy. We got to watch the shop make a batch and see it stretch and stretch. I am wondering if it's possible to make it at home and if you have any recipes for it.
— Taffy Tasters
Dear Taffy Tasters:
Good taffy has a firm but chewy texture and comes in a variety of colors and flavors. Originally, people would get together at "taffy pulls" to mix and stretch the taffy. But now, taffy manufacturers use machines to help them pull it until it is the correct consistency.
Before you begin the process, make sure you have an accurate candy thermometer that clearly lists the candy stages: soft-ball, soft-crack, thread, hard-ball and hard-crack. It will be necessary to bring the taffy ingredients to the soft-ball stage.
The other thing to keep in mind is that this candy making-adventure will require a lot of manual work, so I would encourage you to make sure your family is involved. It will be a great opportunity to get everyone in the kitchen and make some fun memories together.