How to make sweet salt-water taffy

Make your own with ingredients already in your pantry.

In the video, I showed you a DIY on how to make salt-water Taffy. National Taffy Day is May 23rd and came about in 1883 in Atlantic City, New Jersey! This candy is a favorite for everyone and is a simple bases of boiled sugar, water, cornstarch and syrup. Interesting facts about saltwater taffy are its origins coming from Great Britain. The name the British game the candy was toffee but when it came to America, the name is referred as taffy. The most popular thing to do with taffy is pulling it to stretch and then cut it. They actually have “taffy pull parties” in Great Britain for fun activity. However, it can get really messy, as I demonstrated in the video, buttering your hands is very important for the pulling and making of the taffy. Here are the simple recipe to make this sweet candy.


  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ²⁄³ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. flavored extract (any kind will do)
  • 2 drops food coloring (any will do)
  • thermometer


Add sugar and cornstarch to large pot and stir until well combined. Then add butter, corn syrup, salt, water, vanilla and flavor extract, of choice, to pot. Next, place large pot with all the ingredients on the stove, then turn the heat to medium. Using the thermometer, make sure your mixture heats to 250°F and stir often.

When mixture reaches the temperature, take off the heat and add the food coloring of your choice.

Pour the concoction into a greased pan and let cool for 10 – 15 minutes. Then grease your hands, grab the taffy, and stretch it about 12 inches (30cm) folding it unto itself continually for 10-15 mins.

When taffy gets hard to pull, stretch it out on a greased surface and roll it into a log shape. Cut it in half and then into small pieces. (You can use parchment paper to put your small pieces in)

Wrap your taffy in the paper, twist then seal, and you are done! Enjoy!

DIY: How to make sweet salt-water taffy

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