Three Day Challenge: Stress free Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy

As you know, yesterday I posted about Day One of my Three Day Challenge. Today I tackle Day Three but I’ll catch you up on Day Two. Saturday I conquered Salt Water Taffy!  As you can see from the photo above I made two flavors; Wild Orange and Cinnamon. The recipe was fairly easy, I recommend having a second person around to help with the stretching and pulling if you are making two flavors, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

Here’s where I found the recipe, and I was in love with the color to begin with, I think that’s what got my attention at first. A Tiffany Taffy, that’s what I’m calling it! I won’t post the recipe and instructions here because it’s a little on the dense side. Thankfully I asked my mom if she would help me make them.

First, we added the sugar and corn syrup and such in to the saucepan and let them melt together while stirring them. This is typical for candy making. We heated them to about 250, not 256 like the recipe says and I’m glad we did. If we had left them in the pan any longer than the candy would have been too hard to pull apart. Mom buttered two glass bowls and once the mixture hit 250 I poured half in one bowl and half in another. I used Wilton’s food coloring since I had some from when I made my rainbow cake. I used orange and pink for my Wild Orange and Cinnamon flavors. I used my doterra essential oils to flavor the taffy and just added 3 drops each since I didn’t want the flavor to be too overpowering. Looking back, another drop or two would have been ok.

After coloring and flavoring each mixture, Mom and I scooped the mixtures out turning them over in the bowl to simultaneously cool them and help pull them. After about 10 minutes of this I was able to butter my hands and pull out the taffy and start pulling them.

Pulling the taffy.

Pulling the taffy.

This was the fun, stress relieving part. It so much fun to just have this candy in your hands and pull it apart and bring it back again. We each pulled and stretched our taffy for about 20 minutes each so it’s a really great stress reliever. I even said so as we were doing this. Once the taffy became harder to pull and wasn’t translucent it was ready to be cut. I sort of rolled it out with my hands and into a long rounded circle like a snake and cut it up ready for wrapping!

They were not too difficult to make, tasty and very much taffy! Sababa! My next and final challenge is Lavender Honey Ice Cream!

Bon Appétit!

Ready for cutting.

Ready for cutting.

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Pieces of pretty taffy!

Pretty Taffy

Pretty Taffy

My Taffy, the final product

My Taffy, the final product

A Caramel Concoction part II

A little taste of part two!

20121203-132137.jpgIf you guess chocolate caramels, come on down! You’ve just one a a batch of my delicious, creamy salted and non-salted chocolate caramels! This was my second attempt at concocting caramels and I knew I wanted something chocolate, similar to the Reisen’s caramels you can find at the store. This process was a little different from the first batch of regular caramels I made in part I but nonetheless they are amazing! I had my friend Kari come over and craft with me last weekend. Turns out she stayed just long enough to grab some caramels and go leaving me to do all the wrapping! 😉 We had a ton of fun with this project. When I began wrapping all the caramels I made half wrapped with salt and half unsalted so you get the full chocolate taste without the salt. Either choice is superb.

So since I have about 20 baggies with chocolate caramels in them I am gifting them for Hanukkah to my family and friends and coworkers. They all will be getting little baggies with assorted caramels, homemade lipgloss (I’ll post about that later) and a baggie of homemade cinnamon roasted almonds, similar to the ones you buy at the Renaissance fair (post soon to follow also!)

 

Happy Hanukkah!

A Caramel Concoction

I’ve decided to experiment with making caramels. I saw a recipe, oh about a year ago and never got around to trying it. So I finally went for it. I thought it would be more difficult to make caramels, it just sounded hard. You have to watch the candy thermometer and stir but not stir and add this at a certain point but not too soon. It wasn’t that bad. The hardest thing I think was actually wrapping all the caramels!! It took me two hours to cut and wrap each caramel. By the time I got to the end, I had about two strips left and said ‘forget it.’ I rolled it up and stuck it in a mason jar to have later as caramel sauce, salted caramel sauce.

So from start to finish it took probably 4 hours, and that includes the cutting and wrapping. Whew!

But boy are they delicious! Next caramel concoction: Salted Chocolate Caramels!