- 2 1/2 cups – Domino® Granulated Sugar
- 3/4 cup – light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons – salt
- 1 cup – hot tap water
- 3 tablespoons – butter, divided
- 1 teaspoon – flavor extract of choice (vanilla, almond, lemon, orange or coconut)
- food coloring
Grease a cookie sheet with 1/2 tablespoon of butter.
Combine sugar, corn syrup, salt and water in a 3-quart microwave-safe casserole dish. Cook in microwave oven on high setting for 10 minutes. Using oven mitts, carefully remove casserole dish and gently stir to combine sugar. Return dish to microwave and continue to cook for an additional 8 to 12 minutes, using a candy thermometer to check temperature after each minute until mixture reaches between 250° to 260°F.
Using oven mitts, carefully remove casserole dish from microwave and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons butter and flavoring of your choice, along with enough food coloring to reach your desired shade and stir gently until combined. Pour the liquid taffy onto the greased cookie sheet and allow it to cool enough to handle, approximately 10 minutes.
You may want to get the family involved at this point! Coat hands with remaining butter and separate taffy into 4 to 6 sections. (Note: If you are doing this by yourself, wrap each section in plastic wrap and work one section at a time.)
Pull and stretch taffy to incorporate air. Continue to pull and fold taffy for about 10 minutes or until taffy becomes porous and hard to pull. Stretch the taffy into a rope about 3/4 inch thick. Cut into 1-inch pieces with a pair of greased scissors. Allow cut candy to sit for 10 minutes, then wrap in center of a piece of wax paper, twisting sides. Store the wrapped candy in an airtight container.
Yields 5 dozen 1-inch pieces of taffy.
If you wrap your candy too soon, it can stick to the wax paper and may be hard to unroll.