Feb 5, 2010

Lion House Taffy

I have fond memories of family taffy pulls and this was always the recipe we used. It is definitely a home and hearth memory from my childhood--my parents and siblings all gathered around the kitchen table to pull the taffy and have fun together. This is a fun activity for both adults and children. I love the buttery, sweet flavor of this taffy.

2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup white corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons glycerin
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons butter

Mix sugar, water, corn syrup, salt, and glycerin in a heavy saucepan. Bring to boil over medium to medium high heat; cook to 258 degrees. Watch carefully so that the taffy doesn't overcook. Remove from heat and let stand for 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla and butter; stir vigorously until butter is melted. Pour into buttered cookie sheet; cool until lukewarm and easy to handle. Pull taffy with buttered hands until it turns white. Then stretch it into a long rope, and using buttered kitchen shears, cut the rope into individual pieces and wrap each piece in wax paper. Makes about 4 dozen pieces. Note: glycerin can be purchased at a pharmacy.