Friday, November 23, 2012

Saltwater Taffy—12 Weeks of Christmas Treats

Saltwater Taffy

Saltwater Taffy

Today’s post is a fun treat to make for the holidays that kids will love helping you make.  A couple days ago, I made Saltwater Taffy and Parker and Taylor ended up helping me.

The Sweet Book of Candy Making I got the recipe for the taffy in a GREAT new cookbook I got for my birthday recently.  If you like making candy, you NEED to get this book!  Read this post, then head to this link on Amazon for The Sweet Book of Candy Making, by Elizabeth LaBau, a young pastry chef who is married and has a really cute six month old baby boy.  (Love her, she blogged along with the Tuesdays With Dorie group while we baked from Baking From My Home to Yours and I consider her one of those “friends who I haven’t met yet”.)  She has a delicious blog, too.  Check out Sugar Hero!

Saltwater Taffy 11-21-12

 In the recipe for Saltwater Taffy in the book, Liz shares the wonderful “secret” ingredient—secret because it was new to me, to making softer, chewy taffy, instead of hard tack taffy.  I have made taffy a number of times over the years and have always been frustrated and annoyed that it turns to hard candy, especially if you don’t pull it fast and soon enough.  Should I tell you the secret?  Or should you just have to get the book?  You know what, I’m not going to give you Liz’ recipe, but I’ll tell you that little secret.  After boiling the sugar and adding your chosen flavor, you pour it onto a baking sheet and add a little bit of marshmallow crème.  As soon as it is cool enough, you fold it together and start pulling and incorporated the marshmallow (and coloring). 

I’ll never make taffy again without adding marshmallow crème.  It’s the little things, people. ;) 

So just as I was getting ready to pull the taffy, I had two little helpers comes beg to get to pull some, too.  It was nice to have helpers!  And they were certainly thrilled with the results of making their own taffy.  So much so that after we made the green and white mint flavored taffy, Parker bugged me the rest of the day to make another.

Pulling Taffy

Pulling Taffy

So that night, we made a pink taffy and flavored it with raspberry flavoring.  We also made that one just a little softer and not quite as hard as the first round by not boiling it to quite so high a temperature.  I think it worked well to our advantage because we live at a high altitude. 

Happy Taffy Making Helpers

Happy Little Taffy Making and Eating Helpers

Next time, I want to try banana flavoring, because my favorite Laffy Taffy is banana!  I think licorice flavor would be good, too.  The boys keep snitching the ones we’ve already made, even when I keep trying to hide it in different places.

Saltwater Taffy 3

Thanks again to Brenda from Meal Planning Magic for hosting the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats.

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8 comments:

Judy said...

I am really impressed that you made taffy. I'm sure homemade is better than store bought.

Liz said...

Thank you, friend! These look great. I'm so glad that it worked with the lower temperature and that you guys enjoyed them! :)

Jennifer said...

That looks delicious! I love banana laffy taffy, too, and would never have thought to make it. You know what would be good, I bet? A batch of home made tootsie rolls along with a batch of homemade banana taffy.

Katrina said...

Jennifer, I have some homemade Tootsie Rolls on my blog! ;)
http://www.bakingandboys.com/2011/10/homemade-tootsie-rolls-candy-recipe.html
They are really good!

twodogsinthekitchen said...

The boys look happy to help! :)

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

oh my gosh I cannot believe you made that, it looks so cool! I used to always want to try salt water taffy then I did, and I was so sad, I thought it would taste differently, but maybe I will like it now as a grown up.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I've never tasted saltwater taffy, always been curious. It looks amazing!

Lauren jonczak said...

Saltwater taffy is my favorite treat. I have tried to make my own before but I can't seem to get it right. I have to stop for saltwater taffy every time I go to the shore. I am going to have to buy that book and start making my own candy. Thank for sharing.