DIY Salt Water Taffy

Pregnancy cravings are just the best aren’t they? I just really want sugar and I have always had a fancy for salt water taffy so I took it upon myself to look up a couple recipes, from a couple different sites and decided on one that looked to be what the majority used to make their own salt water taffy.  So here is my experience and what I would change, sorry in advance for the poor pictures.  I am a messy baker lol so I was trying to cut some of that out! I will try to work on getting better at this.

Above is everything I used to make this little treats.  Pretty simple and most people probably have all of this already in the cupboard just waiting to be used!

I started out heavily buttering a pan for once the candy is cooked.  Don’t be stingy you’ll want that extra butter once the candy starts to cool!  Trust me

Then you will whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and corn syrup into a medium sauce pan and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until mixture boils.

Once the sugar, corn syrup mixture starts boiling you’ll add in the butter and salt.

Let the mixture boil over low heat until it reaches the hard ball stage. This took me about 30 minutes, I found that the less stirring you did the faster this happened. I feel like I may have overdone it a bit but the end texture is actually very nice. I didn’t have a thermometer but if you do then wait until the mixture reaches 254 F.

Remove saucepan from heat and add your flavoring (I used banana extract and a touch of almond)  but you can use vanilla, or if you have access or replan you can get candy flavoring and make whatever kind you would like! I didn’t get a picture of this step sorry!


Not the prettiest of pictures, sorry my hands were a bit sticky!  I used 6 drops of yellow food coloring to go with my banana flavour.  Remember that once you start the next step of pulling the candy that the color will fade a bit! So make sure the color is a bit darker in the previous step than what you are expecting it to turn out as.

As soon as the taffy is cool enough to touch (make sure it is cool, do not get ahead of yourself the burns are not worth it!) carefully pick it up with butter covered hands! And start pulling.. Pull taffy into a rope, fold it onto itself, twist and pull again. Repeat this process until taffy is firm enough to hold it’s own shape (Approximately 15 minutes)


Stretch candy into a rope and cut into pieces with greased scissors.  


Wrap taffy in wax paper or parchment paper and twist ends.  Makes approximately 50 pieces. Store in airtight container.  And you’re done!


1 cup   Sugar

1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch

⅔ cup white corn syrup

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon banana extract (or whatever you would like to flavor with)

3-6 drops of food coloring of your choice




  1. Prepare baking sheet by generously greasing with butter. Set aside
  2. In medium saucepan, whisk together corn syrup, sugar, and cornstarch
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until mixture boils
  4. Add butter and salt.  Let boil on low heat until it reaches the hard ball stage, about 30 minutes (254 F)
  5. Remove saucepan from heat and add flavoring and food coloring
  6. Pour onto baking pan and let taffy cool.
  7. As soon as taffy is cool enough to touch, carefully pick up and pull.  To keep taffy from sticking to you hands, grease well with butter.
  8. Pull taffy into a rope, fold onto itself, twist and then pull apart again. Repeat until taffy is firm enough to hold it’s shape (approximately 15 minutes)
  9. Stretch into a rope and cut into pieces with greased scissors.  
  10. Wrap pieces in wax or parchment paper and twist ends.  Store in airtight container.


It was actually a pretty easy recipe for my first ever candy making experience.  Now I don’t think they will replace the salt water taffy I can get from the candy store, but maybe I will adjust a couple things and make another attempt later on and update you if it’s successful!  Let me know if you have a salt water taffy recipe you would like to share, or if you tried this one and how it turned out! I would love to hear about it!


xo – Stephanie


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