Pulled Molasses Taffy

Total Time

Prep: 2 hours + cooling


14-1/2 dozen

Updated: Oct. 14, 2022
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


  1. Butter a 15x10x1-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.
  2. 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.

Nutrition Facts

2 piece: 17 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 11mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.