MARGIE'S SALT WATER TAFFY
1 cup sugar
2 T cornstarch
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 T margarine [or butter]
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp flavoring (Think oils, not extracts.)
Before you begin:
1. Plan your flavor and corresponding color before you begin.
2. Prepare several 3" squares of waxed paper, probably 50 or 60.
3. Butter a cookie sheet.
Then, let the fun begin!
Mix sugar and cornstarch in a 1 1/2 quart or 2 quart saucepan. Stir in corn syrup, water, margarine [butter, it's just better for you] and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and sugar is completely dissolved.
Continue cooking without stirring until 260 degrees F is reached and a hard, but plastic, ball is formed when a bit is dropped into cold water. Remove from heat and wait until the boiling stops. Then stir in your choices of flavor and color.
Pour onto a buttered cookie sheet. Let stand until cool enough to handle. Butter hands and pick up a third to half of the taffy. Pull between you hands until the taffy has a satiny finish and light color. Pull into a 1" rope. Cut rope into1" pieces and wrap tightly in little squares of waxed paper.
Put the wrapped taffy into a pretty container. These make a delightful, and relatively cheap, gift!