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Old 11-02-2010, 01:12 PM   #1
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Making taffy

My husband and I would like to include making taffy in our Christmas traditions, but I'm looking for some help with that. We tried last year and the result wasn't what we wanted: we ended up with hard candy. I've got a lot of baking experience, but pretty much none with candy making. We tried two different recipes and followed them exactly, but both came out far too hard. My best guess is that it's cooking to too high of a temp, but all the recipes I've found have directions to boil the mix (water, sugar, corn syrup and some butter) anywhere from 250-265 degrees. What am I doing wrong? We really want that soft, chewy taffy, not hard candy.


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Old 11-02-2010, 02:59 PM   #2
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I know nothing about taffy making except that my grandparents made it every year. It was the best. However, it was always hard at room temp. You'd have to let it get warm in your mouth for a while before you could chew it. It was never soft like the saltwater taffy we'd get at the beach. We liked Grandma's so much better even though it was hard.

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Old 11-02-2010, 10:29 PM   #3
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Here is a recipe that claims be be for soft taffy but I have not personally tried the recipe. I hope it's okay to copy the address here.

Any Flavor Taffy Recipe - Allrecipes.com
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:58 AM   #4
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Scroll down and you have another recipe version.

Me Things: TUMMY TIME and Homemade Saltwater Taffy Recipe
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for the links! We'll try the recipes in the next few weeks, and I'll note back how they turned out. I'm looking forward to some good, soft taffy!
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