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Taffy Pull Party - How to Host Your Own
- by Vanessa Kirkland
Want a unique
party idea for your childs birthdayor even her next
weekend sleepover with friends? Try hosting your own taffy pull.
It can get pretty messy, but kids absolutely love it. Just follow
these steps to minimize the mess . . . and maximize the fun!
up on supplies.
If you dont
already own basic candymaking tools, stocking up is pretty easy.
Youll need a medium-size saucepan (3 or 4 quarts) with
a heavy bottom and straight sides. Youll also need a long-handled
wooden spoon, a pastry brush (used to brush off any crystals
that might form), and a good candy thermometer with a metal clamp
that attaches to the side of your saucepan.
Next, go shopping
for taffy ingredients. For the recipe in this article, youll
need to pick up the following: sugar, corn syrup, salt, unsalted
butter, flavoring extracts (vanilla, raspberry, and lemon), food
coloring (red and yellow work nicely), flour, wax paper, and
If you resign
yourself to the fact that this party is going to get messy, youll
be in the right mindset to just relax and let the kids have fun.
Still, there are a few simple steps you can take to minimize
down several painters cloths, taping the edges to protect
every inch of your floor. Next, sprinkle a light layer of flour
over the painters clothsthis will help keep everyones
shoes from sticking to the cloths when the inevitable spills
occur. Finally, tape down some wax paper over the table or countertop
where you plan to start your taffy pull.
your favorite taffy recipe.
of making taffy can be a little tricky for young ones. I suggest
making the taffy yourself, and after the candy has cooled, call
in the kids to start the pulling.
a classic recipe for saltwater taffy. Try it!
3/4 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
Flavoring and coloring as desired
1 teaspoon salt
Measure 2 cups
sugar, l 1/4 cups corn syrup, 3/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt
into a saucepan and blend well with a wooden spoon. Place over
low heat until sugar has dissolved, stirring continuously. Increase
the heat and do not stir during the rest of the cooking. Wash
the sides of the pan with a brush or fork covered with muslin
and dipped in water, using an upward motion. This will prevent
the formation of crystals which might cause the candy to sugar.
After the syrup boils put in the candy thermometer, and when
the thermometer registers 265 degrees, remove candy from heat.
Add 2 tablespoons butter and stir very gently. Divide the taffy
into three parts; youll add different flavors and coloring
to each one during the pulling process.
the little ones.
everyone wash his or her hands with lots of soap and warm water.
Then, let them grease their hands generously with a stick of
unsalted butter to prevent the fresh taffy from sticking to fingers.
Dont use vegetable oil or margarine for this stepthe
flavor when mixed with taffy isnt nearly as good as real
5. Let the
Once the taffy
has cooled enough to handle, its time to start pulling.
Instruct your partygoers to use only their fingertips to lift
the edges of the warm, flowing candy up, and then to pull out
about 12 inches. Then, theyll quickly fold the taffy back
from the one hand to the other, catching the center, and then
adding food coloring and flavoring, pause briefly after a few
pulls to add a drop or two to the mixture, folding the mixture
over on the color and flavor. Try using raspberry flavor with
red coloring, lemon flavor with yellow coloring, and vanilla
flavor with no coloring. Continue to pull until the color and
flavor are thoroughly mixed in.
When your taffy
is very hard to pull and holds its shape when laid out on a platter,
its ready to cut into pieces. Rub a pair of kitchen scissors
with unsalted butter, and then cut the hardened taffy into bite-size
pieces. Have the kids wrap the pieces in candy wrappers, twisting
each end. (You can also use wax paper or colored plastic wrap.)
Now you can
fill small baggies with the taffy, and send each child home with
their own homemade party favor!
- Vanessa Kirkland
is publisher of the cherished recipe collection, "Candymaking
Secrets," by Virginia Pasley. This long-lost collection
includes 67 vintage recipes for making delicious old-fashioned
candies at home . . . without a single cooking class. Find out
more at http://www.CandyMakingSecrets.com/
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JANUARY 21, 2005