Introduction: Pure Honey Taffy

My boys like honey on their honey so as soon as I mentioned pure honey taffy I was hounded everyday until I made it. I had no idea how simple and very fun taffy was to make. My oldest son would have spent all day pulling the taffy if I would have let him. It's relaxing to stretch it and see the new form it takes on.

Who knew you could transform one amazing ingredient, made by spectacularly fascinating bees, into delicious taffy - what ever would we do without bees?!

Step 1: Boil Honey

There isn't really a recipe for honey taffy (since it's just one ingredient) just the steps to make it.

In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat boil 3/4 cups of honey, of your choice, to soft crack stage (140 degrees Celsius or about 285 degrees Fahrenheit).

I used local honey to support my local beekeepers, and would recommend you try to do the same, but you could use any honey you could find at the grocery store also. If you can afford to use Manuka honey (my absolute favorite) to make the taffy let me know how it turns out. I couldn't bring myself to test the process with a small jar that cost me $26.99 but I would love to!! The taste is superior, in my opinion!

Step 2: Cool Honey

Once the honey reaches soft crack stage pour it out of the pan onto a silpat lined baking sheet. Using a rubber spatula continuously spread and mound the honey to help it cool. It will quickly start to string and stick together and start to pull cleanly off the silpat. This took me 5-10 minutes so be patient. Eventually the honey will become a warm mound.

Step 3: Pull Honey

Once the honey is cool enough to handle generously grease (I used butter) your hands and pick up the mound of honey. Start stretching and twisting the honey in any way you want. Your goal is to incorporate as much air as you can into the honey to make it into taffy. Once it becomes a very light caramel color the taffy is done.

Step 4: Cut and Wrap

Stretch the honey into a thin(ish) rope and cut into small pieces (approximately one inch in size) using buttered kitchen scissors.

Cut squares of waxed paper and wrap each piece by rolling it around a piece of taffy and twisting up the ends.

My batch made 50 pieces of taffy!

Eat and enjoy!

Comments

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fishzz (author)2017-08-12

I made some two weeks ago and it turned out very nicely, it was of a nice color and texture but then after sitting for two weeks it kinda made a mess. Some honey bled out and the taffy became more of a goop than anything else. Did I do something wrong? Is this normal or how do I prevent it?

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bnafikov (author)2014-06-22

Mine just turned back into honey and didn't harden :/

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wold630 (author)bnafikov2014-06-23

I'm sorry to hear that. I would suggest testing your candy thermometer. The honey apparently did not reach soft crack stage. The good news is you can always try again!

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wingedshadowwolf (author)wold6302014-07-01

It's possible you posted the wrong temp. 185 isn't even boiling :/

Maybe this will help:

https://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/sugar-stages.html

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wold630 (author)wingedshadowwolf2014-07-02

285 is soft crack stage and I feel terrible for putting 185. I always use Celsius on my candy therm because it's so much easier to read. My mistake - I'm sorry. I guess the people who had success also used Celsius readings. I hope you are willing to try again with the correct temp!

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Yummywax (author)wold6302017-04-21

Haha I remember I made this in middle school and got so frustrated when it didn't harden. lol At least it gave me an excuse to play with a bunch of honey.

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I might be looking at something different but I saw 285 in the directions.

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It was fixed! :)

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JulieB243 made it! (author)2017-03-31

It was my first time making taffy and they turned out awesome. They
stayed a dark caramel color no matter how long I pulled on the honey but they
tasted amazing and the consistency was perfect. Can't recommend
buttering your hands enough though! That was definitively the hardest
part for me. I'm excited to try this again with different types of honey and see how different the taffy taste!

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BeckyD53 (author)2017-02-07

I made this to 245-F rather than 285-F. They turned out good; easier for youngster to enjoy, a bit soft, but still taffy.

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dan3008 (author)2016-04-17

This may sound silly, but I'm seriously considering making this to help out my bees if they are short on supplys. The way I see it, it has to be better for them than table sugar. And easier to feed them than straight honey :)

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ddwight (author)2016-01-19

Following the directions and cooking to 285 F as outlined, the taffy was perfect. Tastes just like the honey used. Will definitely make again, next time with local honey and bigger batch.

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ddwight (author)2016-01-19

Awesome! Thanks for posting this. Just made it tonight. Very yummy. I would have never guessed.

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wold630 (author)2014-07-30

Not a typo at all...if they had a bowl of honey they would ask for honey on top of it!

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ok then

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Hyperlinks1 made it! (author)2015-07-12

Made it! They taste delicious! Mine got a little burnt though.

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ya but the look amazing

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brystal.woolley (author)2015-04-15

Mine turned out to have an undesirable taste and smell, but looked beautiful, although much darker in colour. I definitely didn't burn it, but it almost seems Like the sweetness burned out of it. What could be the issue?

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lies.snijders.5 (author)2015-04-11

hi please tell me what I could be doing wrong. After heating the honey and cooling it off so it goes into a mount my mount does not get solid enough to work with it in my hands?? I love love the taste but somehow I am doing something wrong

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airsofter301 (author)2015-03-25

I made them, and they were amazing! I pulled them a little too long, so they ended up more like jolly ranchers, but they still have some chew to them. SOOOOO GOOD!!!

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airsofter301 (author)2015-03-25

I will definitely be trying this. Looks amazing.

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Leopardjoy16 (author)2015-01-08

This looks amazing!

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SharonGrace (author)2014-10-05

I love honey so I'm definitely going to try this. I have one question though. What is silapat?

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SharonGrace (author)SharonGrace2014-10-05

Never mind...

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tonyd2 (author)2014-08-21

tastes mazing and rly fun to make but word to the wise dont use aluminum foil i tried using heavy duty aluminum foil but... ended up ripping and lost quite a bit of honey sadly... well theres a learning period for everything thx for the receipy

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seandraper1999 (author)2014-08-12

how do you know when it gets to soft crack stage? because im a bit puzzeled and really want to do this great recipes

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Miss Sarcastic (author)2014-07-19

I must try this! It looks absolutely fantastic!

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ladykalous (author)2014-06-28

Oh I cant wait to try this! I love honey too and I love taffy! FRESH taffy! Nothing like it! Making this asap! Maybe with my grand kids! Oh what a great way to spend time with them! Fun too! Ty so much for sharing!

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wold630 (author)ladykalous2014-07-01

I'm sure your grandchildren will love helping you pull the taffy. My son couldn't take his hands off of it!

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jennyhasaturtle (author)2014-06-30

Thanks for posting this they turned out great. The only taffy recipe I have tried that worked.

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wold630 (author)jennyhasaturtle2014-07-01

I hope you had fun making it and I'm so glad you tried it!

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ChrysN made it! (author)2014-06-29

Thanks for posting, they are delicious! I don't have a silpat, so I used a greased backing sheet, some of the the honey stuck on the sheet, but I didn't lose too much.

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wold630 (author)ChrysN2014-07-01

Yay! I'm so glad you made it. It's it delicious and fun to make??!!

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jennyhasaturtle (author)2014-06-29

What can I use if I don't have a silpat?

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ChrysN (author)jennyhasaturtle2014-06-29

I used a greased baking sheet and it worked okay.

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Yummywax (author)2014-06-27

I wanna try this so much but my mom says she doesn't want sweets in the house. :(

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ladykalous (author)Yummywax2014-06-28

Honey isnt sweets! Its honey! Naturally sweet just like watermelon! :)

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wold630 (author)Yummywax2014-06-27

Do you have honey in the house? If so, I would argue that you aren't adding any sugar - just transforming something that's already 100% natural! Then I would beg with puppy dog eyes. If these attempts fail go to your friends house and make it there! Good luck!! :)

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Fishyfish123 (author)2014-06-25

Yum!

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gsierra1 (author)2014-06-22

Fantastic! Thank you

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fozzy13 (author)2014-06-22

This looks like such a good idea! I'll be keeping this in the back of my mind for the future!

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thingy (author)2014-06-22

I have a jar of buckwheat honey I'm going to try this with. Thanks,

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wold630 (author)thingy2014-06-22

Awesome, let us know how it turns out.

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moseymoe (author)2014-06-21

Great idea!

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wold630 (author)moseymoe2014-06-21

Thank you. I wish I would have dreamed this up all by myself but I saw it on several different sites and wanted to execute and document the process.

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Yummywax (author)2014-06-21

Sweet! (Literally)

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wold630 (author)Yummywax2014-06-21

:)

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kretzlord (author)2014-06-21

Awesome! I've been making hard candy recently, but I'll definitely have to try this :)

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wold630 (author)kretzlord2014-06-21

I definitely recommend trying this one!

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wahboasti (author)2014-06-21

Great 'Ible, When I was a teenager I would spend ages pulling the taffy, this has brought it all back...With honey too!

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