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National Taffy Day

Posted by on May. 23, 2013 at 1:03 AM
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National Taffy Day is celebrated annually on May 23.  Taffy candy has been made and sold for many years and has become a popular souvenir of many vacationers.

“Taffy is made by stretching or pulling a sticky mass of boiled sugar, butter or vegetable oil, flavorings, and coloring until fluffy.”  It is then rolled and cut into small pieces before it is wrapped in a waxed paper which keeps it soft.  Taffy is noted for its fruit flavors however there are other flavors available as well, including licorice.

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by Colleen on May. 23, 2013 at 1:04 AM
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2 pounds sugar
4 pounds corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cups milk
3 drops red or peach coloring
2 teaspoons peach flavoring, for taste
Cornstarch, for sprinkling on pulling table
Special equipment: 4 (15 1/2 by 10 by 1-inch) well-buttered baking pans; table or marble slab, for pulling; yardstick; waxed paper, cut into 2 by 4-inch rectangles, for wrapping and twisting
In a saucepan, mix together the sugar, corn syrup and butter, stirring over high heat until mixture reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Reduce heat and slowly add milk and cook until thermometer reaches 248 degrees F.

Pour mixture onto the 4 buttered baking trays. When taffy is cool enough to handle, butter your hands and bring corners to the center to form into a ball. Take all 4 balls and form into 1 large ball.

Place onto a table or marble slab so you and a helper can start the pulling process. Start folding and stretching your taffy ball. You should pull the taffy from your friend, fold over and over in your hands, then let your friend pull the taffy from you, repeating this process until the taffy turns light in color. Pulling the taffy adds tiny air bubbles throughout the candy, making it lighter and chewier.

Place the taffy on your pulling table/slab, add the color and flavoring, and start the pulling process all over again until the liquids are well incorporated and the taffy is the color you want.

Now you can lay the taffy on the table that has a small amount of cornstarch to keep it from sticking. While still soft, press into a 3/4-inch thick sheet. Take a yardstick and cut a straight line with buttered scissors or knife. Continue cutting the taffy into 1/2 to 3/4-inch wide strips. Cut strips into pieces that you want to wrap, about 2-inches. Begin wrapping the pieces in the waxed paper and twisting the ends.

*Cook's Note: will keep for 6 months in airtight container at room temperature.

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by Trica on May. 23, 2013 at 2:08 AM
I haven't had taffy in ages!
by Ruby Member on May. 23, 2013 at 5:46 AM

 Happy Taffy Day.

by Colleen on May. 23, 2013 at 8:26 AM

My sister brought me back salt water taffy that was made fresh when she was on vacation.

by Ruby Member on May. 23, 2013 at 8:27 AM

 Oh yum!

by Mandee on May. 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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by Kira on May. 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM
Yuck lol
by Platinum Member on May. 23, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Mmmm sounds good 

by Gold Member on May. 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM

I just bought $12 of taffy lol

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