Why Is It Called Saltwater Taffy? Is It Made Of Saltwater? Make Your Own And Find Out

August 14, 2019
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Saltwater Taffy

The popular sweet and chewy East Coast boardwalk candy you can make at home.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy, saltwater taffy
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 35
Author S.M. Lees


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tspn flavored extract of your choice
  • 2 drops food coloring of your choice


  1. Add the sugar to a large pot fitted with a candy thermometer. Sift in the cornstarch and whisk into the sugar until well-combined. Add the butter, corn syrup, salt, water, vanilla, and flavor extract of choice to the pot. Whisk to combine, then turn the heat to medium and cook until the mixture reaches 250°F.

  2. Add the food coloring and stir to combine.

  3. Pour the candy into a greased heatproof dish and cool until you are able to handle it, 5-10 minutes.

  4. Stretch the mixture out 12 inches (30 cm) (or further) and fold it over itself again and again for 10-15 minutes. The taffy will turn from translucent to opaque.

  5. When the taffy becomes harder to pull, roll it to about a 30-inch (76-cm) long and 1-inch (2-cm) thick log on a greased surface. Cut the log in half. Then slice the taffy into bite-size chunks.

  6. Wrap each piece of taffy in a square of parchment paper and twist the ends to seal.


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