How to Make Taffy . . .That Turns Into Hard Candy, or Fine Art




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Intro: How to Make Taffy . . .That Turns Into Hard Candy, or Fine Art

Once again a failed attempt on my part to create something. I realize what I did wrong though and will guide you through what not to do if you want taffy or what to do if you want hard candy . . .or fine art.

Step 1: Combine Sugar and Cornstarch

In a saucepan combine 2 cups of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.

Step 2: Add Butter

Add 2 tablespoons of butter.

Step 3: Add Corn Syrup, Water and Salt

Stir in 1 cup corn syrup, 3/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt. Turn stove on to "medium."

Step 4: Stir

Stir this mixture and pay close attention to the heat. I have a gas stove that seems to run hotter than electric. My "medium" on the dial is more like high so right away I got a bunch of bubbles racing to the top of the pan so I adjusted my heat lower.

Step 5: Bring to a Boil and Monitor Heat

You will want to have the mixture simmering like the picture shown, nothing higher or lower. Do not stir while the mixture is reaching it's appropriate temperature, it needs to be left alone.

Step 6: Watch Temperature With Candy Thermometer- Bring to 270 Degrees

Here is where my first mistake occurred and I uttered, "uh-oh". The temperature was slowly climbing and I felt like it wasn't getting high enough fast enough so I cranked the heat a little. The temperature previously was slowly going up like 50 degrees every 20 minutes and after I cranked the heat it immediately jumped over the soft-crack stage which is 270 degrees. I am sure that over the soft-crack stage is too high for taffy if you want it to be soft.

Step 7: Cut Wax Paper Squares

While the temperature is rising you can prepare ahead by cutting your wax paper squares into pieces approximately 2" x 3x depending on how big you want the candy pieces to be.

Step 8: Add Food Coloring and Flavor

When the soft-crack stage has been achieved, remove from heat and add your food coloring and flavoring. I wanted banana and used 1 teaspoon imitation banana flavor and 4 drops of yellow food coloring. Stir.

Step 9: Pour Into Pan

Next you want to pour it into a greased pan to cool. If you have little kids around you want to make sure someone else can watch them or you have them entertained as this is hot stuff.

Step 10: Let Cool- But Not Too Long!

Next you want to let it cool but ONLY long enough for it to get tolerable for you to pull. We are talking minutes here . . .

Step 11: Keep an Eye on Things!

I gave my kid a juice-pop to munch on while I was messing with all this so he would stay out of my way . . but then he started to play with it and throw it and make a mess that needed to be cleaned up and before I knew it the taffy was past the pulling stage.

Step 12: Pull Taffy

By the time I got around to trying to pull it I realized that I either needed a He-man or machine . . . it was way too tough. I have done it myself before and so I know a person can do it themselves, but only if they cook it to the appropriate temperature and don't let it sit too long! but if your taffy is in good shape then pull it to add air and make the taffy soft, about ten minutes.

Step 13: Make Art!

If it's apparent you are not going to have taffy, figure out what you can do. Like make a "blown glass" swan! If your taffy pulled correctly then roll into a 1/2" in diameter tube and cut the pieces with greased scissors.

Step 14: Loch Ness

You could make the Loch Ness monster . . .

Step 15: Roll

Roll your taffy pieces or hard candy pieces in waxed paper and twist the ends.

Step 16: Put in Jar

Put in air-tight jar for present-giving or self. I recommend the taffy stay with you and the candy go as a gift!



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20 Discussions


9 years ago on Introduction

Hello, I've made a recipe off pulled taffy but i got some trouble with the pulling part. i'Ve pulled, pulled and pulled and finally pulled enough to rip my skin ( not to bleeding but it still hurt ) but the damn candy never got chewy. If I reduce the cooking température will this candy get chewier?

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Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Pulled toffee is pulled using a hook attached to the wall. The toffee is looped over and pulled, twisted, re-hooked and repeat. I suppose that the smaller scale of home-made changes things but there might be an idea here somewhere. Good Luck.


Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

I think the key here is to catch it before it goes even one degree over 270 degrees. After that it turns into hard candy. That is where my mistake was made and it sounds like maybe yours too.


10 years ago on Introduction

I learnt that pulling the taffy when it's getting hard although still hottish, can rip your skin off after repeditive pulling hahaha... ouch =(

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I'd recommend wearing either silicone/latex gloves or oil your hands so the candy wont stick to your skin.


10 years ago on Introduction

so i did this and it failed on me. i want to cry. ur hands hurt like crazy. it wasn't the heat from the taffy it was the pulling which is wat also failed. i pulled and individual strans would come out and it never stayed together as a whole. i would like to know the end affect of pullin taffy is tat u dont have hard candy right? and how much of the pacth do i pull at a time. like i cant pull the whole pot. like 1/8 of it at a time or 1/4? god my hands hurt eh. thanks i would love to do this again.


10 years ago on Introduction

hey for a better banana flavor i just put in Mountain Dew it was crazy it tasted like banana!


10 years ago on Introduction

thats awesome! great Instructable 5/51 I love all your i'bles so far but I'm still waiting for you to do one on mountian dew jelly :P i just can't get over how amazing it sounds lol

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Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

o wow lol yes yes i most certainly do i just type kind of fast and expect the firefox spell checker to pick up all my errors for me...guess it kind of doesn't work in practice does it?


10 years ago on Introduction

The juice-pop was a great idea, in practice failed, but it was a great idea anyway!


10 years ago on Introduction

Very nicely done. Looks delicious, and great pictures. 5/5 stars.


10 years ago on Introduction

:D im going to do this when my friend comes over today


10 years ago on Introduction

You didn't fail, you just got unexpected results that turned out to be an improvement on your original plans, 2 types of candy for the labor of one.