04 May 2012

Honey Almond Taffy

I needed a good arm workout yesterday so naturally, I decided to make taffy (scoff all you want until you pull taffy by yourself!).  These will surely satisfy any sweet tooth.  Makes about 3 dozen.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup honey (the kind of honey you use will greatly affect the final flavor.  Choose well!)
1 Tablespoon almond flavoring
1/2 cup sugar
Butter for greasing pan, hands and scissors

Butter a cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator.  In a saucepan over medium heat, combine cream, honey and almond flavoring until the cream and honey combine.  Stir in sugar until dissolved.
Bring mixture to a boil.  Place a lid on the saucepan for one minute.  Remove lid and with candy thermometer, let it reach 290F, the soft crack stage (the cooled product should bend but eventually snap).  Do not stir while boiling.
 Once it reaches 290F, pour into the chilled cookie sheet (don't scrape the sides of the pan) and cool for about five minutes or until it can be handled.  Divide into three segments and begin the taffy pull!
With buttered hands, pull the taffy for several minutes until it becomes soft, pliable and lighter in color.
 Pull the prepared taffy into a 1/2 rope and with buttered kitchen scissors, cut taffy into 1 inch pieces and place on wax paper.
 Wrap individual pieces and enjoy!
(Don't worry.  There'll be plenty to share).

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