Are you ready for an amazing candy recipe that tastes like it’s from an artisan candy store, but made in your own kitchen? Try this incredible Molasses Taffy recipe, and you’ll have friends and neighbors begging you to make it every year! It takes a little extra time to make, but we promise you, it’s absolutely worth it! You only need 6 ingredients, and you might just already have them in your kitchen, if you’re holiday baking. ENJOY!
7 tablespoons Butter, softened and divided
2 cups molasses
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
Butter a 15 in x 10 in x 1 in. pan with butter. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring the molasses, sugar and water to a boil. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 245 degrees (firm-ball stage), stirring occasionally.
Add the vanilla, baking soda and remaining butter. Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover and cook until the thermometer reads 260 degrees (hard-ball stage), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and pour into prepared pan. Cool pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes or until cool enough to handle. It will be VERY hot for a while after it comes out. Give it a few minutes until it’s comfortable to touch, because you’ll be pulling it for a while.
With buttered fingers, quickly pull half of the taffy until firm but pliable. Pull for about an hour – this part will definitely work out your arms! You want the taffy to have several layer of color, from a deep brown to a golden yellow. Shape into 1/2 in rope and cut (OR roll into balls in your hands). Repeat with remaining taffy. Wrap each piece in foil or wax paper. Twist ends to look like classic taffy candy. There you have it! ENJOY!