If a recipe says "untested"...

We want to post scans of all the original recipes so everyone in our family can enjoy them even if we haven't gotten around to testing each one in our modern kitchen. As we test each recipe, we will add our notes and photos to the recipes we do test and remove the note "untested" in the title. If you make one of the untested recipes, take a photo of the finished product and send us a note to let us know of your experience so we may include those in the recipes as well.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Molasses candy (untested)

This recipe appears to be written in Grammy's handwriting (her handwriting looked different when she wrote in fountain pen). It is undated, but I suspect this recipe pre-dates 1941 (the year she got married). This candy sounds very much like a taffy.

  • 2 cups molasses
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar

  1. Put all ingredients (except vinegar) into a large saucepan
  2. Cook fast until a little of the mixture dropped into cold water feels brittle [this must be the hard crack stage* (300°F-310°F)]
  3. Add vinegar
  4. Cook 2 minutes more
  5. Pour into a greased pan to cool
  6. As soon as possible, pull with fingers until white
  7. Cut into pieces before it is too hard
*If you aren't using a candy thermometer (which I highly recommend) you can test candy the old fashioned way using cold water. Click here to read all about testing candy using cold water.

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