Friday, January 16, 2009

Old Fashioned Taffy Pull Tutorial

It's been bitterly cold here in the Berkshires lately, so what better way to spiff up a January day than with an Old Fashioned Taffy Pull! I'll give step by step directions here with pictures, but at the end of this post I'll just give you the directions. There's no need for you to print off anything but the simple directions but I thought you'd like to join in on the fun... So here we go!

First assemble the ingredients in a large sauce pan. Taffy only uses 4...
1-1/4 cups light brown sugar, 2 TBS white vinegar, and 3 TBS butter. Bring to a quick boil stirring once, until the mixture reaches 270 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and add 1/2 tsp vanilla.

Pour into a well-greased (buttered) jelly roll pan and let spread. Cool for five minutes.

Wash everyone's hands really good, ...

don your pretty aprons and then...

butter up everyone's hands really, really good!

And here the fun begins! Start pulling...

and pulling...

and pulling, until you get a long rope that has white streaks.

Then twist into a rope...

cut into pieces and enjoy! Although the taffy tastes really yummy, the really fun part is making it!

Old Fashioned Taffy
Combine in a saucepan:
1-1/4 cups light brown sugar
2 TBS white vinegar
3 TBS butter
Bring to boil stirring once, then boil 'til 270 degrees F on candy thermometer.
Then add 1/2 tsp vanilla.
Pour into a well-buttered jelly roll pan and let cool for 5 minutes.
Butter everyone's hands, form teams and begin pulling. Pull for at least five times without breaking and taffy gets white streaks. Stretch taffy into a rope and twist, then cut into pieces.
This recipe and directions are loosely taken from the book:
Mrs. Sharp's Traditions by Sarah Ban Breathnach
I changed the recipe just a bit by increasing the butter from 2 TBS to 3TBS.
This is a wonderful, old-fashioned family-fun-filled book. I've used it over several years and go back to it time and time again. With the economy being where it is, if you don't have the book it's more than worth the money. You will find many frugal, fun, past-time ideas to spend with your family.
Check back as I plan on utilizing the book more and more!

5 comments:

My name is Cheryl said...

Sue,
that looks like lots of fun. Looks like you all had more fun making it. Everyone is laughing and smiling.
thanks for sharing the recipe.

Wendy said...

Sue! This brings back memories of an old school friend of mine. Every year I would spend the night at "Laurie's" and her mom would let us make taffy! It's good old-fashioned fun!
Thanks for sharing!
Wendy

bumblebeebags said...

How fun is that! I wish I was there with ya!

Robin said...

Now that looks like fun...and delicious!!

Amy Ekblad said...

How fun! You are the best mom ever!