Meet the Cook: French-Canadian children traditionally make this soft, chewy taffy on November 25, the feast day of St. Catherine. Bert, my husband, and I farm on the largest of the Thousand Islands. Often some of our nine children, 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren get in on the fun of pulling the taffy. -Betty Woodman, Wolfe Island, Ontario
- 5 teaspoons butter, softened, divided
- 1/4 cup water
- 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup molasses
- Butter a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 3 teaspoons butter; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the water, brown sugar, vinegar and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 245° (firm-ball stage), stirring occasionally. Add molasses and remaining butter. Cook, uncovered until a candy thermometer reads 260° (hard-ball stage), stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; pour into prepared pan. Cool for 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
- With buttered fingers, quickly pull half of the candy until firm but pliable. Pull and shape into a 1/2-in. rope. Cut into 1-1/4-in. pieces. Repeat with remaining taffy. Wrap pieces individually in foil or waxed paper; twist ends. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Yield: 14-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Pulled Molasses Taffy in Country Woman November/December 1999, p33
Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.
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