Welcome to The Pauley Principle!

The Pauli Principle, named for Wolfgang Pauli, deals with atoms and electron-sharing that results in new, stronger bonds. Think 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen, a shared delectable (!) electron and VOILA! Water!

Similarly, when you prepare whole food to share with family and friends, especially foods you've grown, something amazing happens. Meals become tastier and healthier. Your soul, not just your stomach, becomes fulfilled. You live life more abundantly as a result. During a shared meal, the bonds that people create grow stronger and become something new: GREATER than the sum of the parts! I give you The Pauley Principle.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

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.)
food coloring

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!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this :) I have such great memories of pulling taffy & laughing. And, hey, it's gluten-free!

  2. Positively magical times! I bought more flavored oils today. Planning to do this soon!

  3. I would love to try this. I haven't experienced making taffy. Sounds like fun!