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Grandmother's Molasses Taffy

Grandmother's Molasses Taffy


  • 1 c Molasses
  • 1/2 c Sugar, granulated
  • 1/2 c Brown sugar
  • 1/3 c Water
  • 2 tb Butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 pinch Salt


  1. In a medium, heavy saucepan, combine molasses, granulated and brown sugars and water.
  2. Heat to boiling and stir to dissolve sugars.
  3. Let mixture boil, without stirring, until syrup reaches the hard ball stage (260F/125C) on a candy thermometer.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in butter, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Immediately pour onto a buttered marble slab or baking sheet.
  6. When cool enough to handle, butter hands and gather taffy into a ball.
  7. Pull taffy between hands and continually stretch and fold again until taffy turned lighter in color (this can take from 5 to 15 minutes.)
  8. Stretch and twist taffy into a rope about 1 inch thick and cut into pieces using buttered scissors.
  9. Wrap each piece in waxed paper.

Recipe yields about 24 pieces.

Quebec's sweet tooth is often satisfied by this old-fashioned candy made from molasses and sugar.

This recipe belongs to Marguerite Legault, a member of Les Fermieres de Thuroso, a rural woman's group in the town on the Ottawa River.

Recipe source:  A Taste of Quebec by Julian Armstrong

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