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Week 30: Salt Water Taffy (New Jersey)

I have always loved salt water taffy, but I never knew I could actually make it at home! It's a fun project, and I recommend trying this recipe!

Salt water taffy won this week's poll, with the dessert pizza in second place. Vote for New Mexico's state dessert for this week on my home page.

Pulling taffy does hurt your arms, so it's best to stretch it with a partner. Pulling your taffy helps incorporate air into the candy. This will yield a fluffier and lighter candy.

You don't want your taffy to be too hard when you start stretching it. The longer you cook the taffy mixture, the harder it will set. Sometimes this cooking at a higher temperature can be a bad thing because your taffy will set up too quickly.

I love that you can make your taffy unique by using different kinds of flavors. Next time I try this recipe, I will definitely try making a swirl!


|Level:👩🏽‍🍳|Time: 30 minutes|Serves: 50|



  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon flavoring of choice

  • 1/4 teaspoon color of choice


  1. In a large pot, boil the sugar, corn syrup, water, salt, and butter until your thermometer reads 250 degrees F.

  2. Pour the taffy mixture into a cake pan to cool. As soon as it cools, take it out of the pan (it should be hard enough), and start stretching it. Stretch it for 10 minutes until your taffy becomes light in color. Form the taffy into a rope and cut it into small pieces.

  3. Cut small squares of wax paper. Roll your taffy's and twist the ends.


- The Bored Baker 👩🏽‍🍳


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