Hosting a Nostalgic Taffy Pull

When planning a kid’s party, taffy is a candy that will always be a hit. This sweet treat has been a popular item in the U.S. since the late 1800s. To take it a step further, host a taffy pull. It can be a little on the messy side, but the kids love it. Here are some tips:

Get the Supplies

Most of the items needed are things most cooks have at home. Plan to use a medium-sized saucepan with a heavy bottom, a long-handled wooden spoon, a pastry brush, and a dependable candy thermometer that will attach to the side of the pan.

Then, for the ingredients pick up some sugar, corn syrup, salt, unsalted butter, food coloring, flavoring extracts (vanilla, lemon, etc.), food coloring (yellow and red are good), flour, wax paper, and candy wrappers.

Get the Kitchen Ready

Just go ahead and plan for a mess. Relax and let the kids have a ball. There are a few things that can be done to help with cleanup. Lay down several painters’ cloths, tape the edges to protect the floor. Then, use a light dusting of flour on the cloth to keep shoes from sticking to the spills that happen. Last, tape down some wax paper on the table or countertop where the taffy pull will start.

Find a Favorite Recipe

Once the perfect recipe has been found, it is best to go ahead and make the taffy because it can be tricky for children. Once it has cooled, bring the kids in and let them start the process of pulling. This is where the fun comes in.

Getting the Kids Ready

Once the kids have washed their hands well, have them grease their hands with a stick of unsalted butter. This will keep the taffy from sticking to their little fingers. The butter flavor compliments the taffy, unlike vegetable oil or margarine.

Start Pulling

Once the taffy has cooled, instruct the kids to use their fingertips to lift the edges of the warm, flowing candy up, and then pull out about 12 inches. Then, ask them to quickly fold it back from one hand to the other, catching the center, and then pulling again.

When the taffy is done and holds its shape, cut it into bite-sized pieces. Have the kids wrap the pieces in candy wrappers. Send the kids home with their Nostalgic items in a party bag.