Amish Taffy Pull
The Amish Blog
Written by Michelle ~ A Normal Amish Girl
In a previous post, I mentioned a taffy pull which is a common activity among Amish groups, especially in December and January. My sister-in-law is somewhat of a taffy-making expert and she had our family at her house for some old-fashioned fun. I tried to get pictures but I also tried to help so I don’t have a lot of photos to show. In between all the visiting and eating and buttering of hands, I tried to get a picture of each step.
The first step is to clear a big work space and gather the ingredients. Taffy is made with Knox gelatin, sugar, cream, Karo (which is corn syrup), paraffin, flavoring if you wish. Black raspberry is one of my favorites. Cinnamon is also a good choice. Sounds like part of a healthy diet, eh?
The next step is to cook the taffy. This is the tricky part and I’m not even sure how to do it. I’m sure there are recipes and tips online if you would like to try it yourself.
Once the taffy is cooked, pour it onto buttered cookie sheets and set it somewhere to cool. This is one reason it works great to do it in the winter because you can set it outside to cool really quickly.
Now comes the fun part! This part requires two people and be sure to butter your hands! After the taffy is cool, take it in your hands and start pulling. Th
ere is a certain way to pull taffy that works best but you will figure out what works for you. The biggest issue most people have is they end up with most of it in one hand and it doesn’t get worked through. Here’s a short clip of how to properly pull taffy. (You know, because we are SUCH professionals at it.) Pull the taffy until it gets white.
We had a lot of little helpers and there was also a lot of curiosity. I wonder how much was eaten instead of wrapped???
Once the taffy is pulled, stretch it into a rope and twist it a little. This holds it together a bit and makes nice looking pieces when you cut it. Lay it out on a long surface and cut into bite sized pieces. We have wax paper cut into squares before we start so once the pieces are cut they can be wrapped in wax paper. Again, there was plenty of help when we did it. They enjoyed it and we enjoyed watching them have fun!
Today‘s guest author is Michelle Schwartz, the owner of “The Spice Shack” which is a small, home-based business that specializes in bulk spices, medicinal herbs, and loose leaf teas. Check out her online store at www.thespiceshack.org. Michelle enjoys her family, farm life, anything outdoors, and running her shop. She also raises Miniature Hereford cattle as a hobby.