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Old Fashioned Vinegar Taffy

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Rating: 5/5
1 review
1 comment

ready in: 1-2 hrs
serves/makes:   10

recipe id: 38434
cook method: stovetop

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3 cups sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Mix sugar, vinegar, and water in a medium saucepan; stir well before putting on the stove.

Cook over low heat about 8 to 10 minutes until it reaches (228 degrees F) the softball stage. Add butter or margarine and vanilla.

Pour the mixture into a buttered platter and let it cool enough so you can handle it. Butter your hands well (important! keep enough butter on your hands otherwise you'll stick), pick up the blob and begin to pull it. The more you pull the whiter it gets.

When it has reached the right consistency, cut into small pieces with a pair of scissors (easier to use for this than a knife.)

You can add a few drops of food coloring or substitute another flavor extract (or both) for different colors/flavors.

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255 calories, 2 grams fat, 61 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in fat.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is the same recipe my great grandmother passed down to the family since the 1880's. It is difficult to get it correct. But when you do and learn the feel of it all the recipe is the best. A tip to the first reviewer and others. We were taught to dip a wooden spoon into the soft boil. Pull the covered spoon out. Turn sideways. When two drips come off the spoon and join together to finish the drip the temperature of the melt will be at the stage to cool and then form for the perfect pull. The drips generally form a inch or less apart and collect together also a inch or less under the spoon. Hope this helps. Don't give up #1. The taste of this taffy is as unique as it is delicious.

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This recipe was WAY off. Not only did it take over an hour to get to temp, it ended as a liquid and never got to "pull" it. After further research, this recipe is completely wrong.

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