Cape Cod Saltwater Taffy

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1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for baking sheets and hands
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons flavor extract (your choice of orange, lemon, strawberry, maple, etc.)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Food coloring of your choice


Liberally grease a large baking sheet with butter and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Add the corn syrup, water, butter, and salt and stir over medium heat until the butter melts and the mixture comes to a boil.

Cook, without stirring, until the mixture just reaches 250°; on a candy thermometer, or until a small piece dropped into a cup of cold water forms a firm, but not sticky, ball. Immediately remove from heat and stir in the flavor, vanilla, and several drops of food coloring.

Pour the mixture onto the greased baking sheet and let it cool until you’re able to handle it, about 15 minutes.

Grease your hands with butter, then pull and stretch the taffy until it lightens in color, about 15 minutes total. Form into ropes and cut into pieces with buttered scissors. Wrap the pieces in squares of parchment or wax paper.


Makes 35-40 pieces.

Preparation Time

45 Minutes

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