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Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr
I've worked at it and worked at it and 5 batches later, I think I've got it. It's the perfect salt water taffy flavored with kool-aid. It takes alot of work to get it to the right consistency so don't give up! And if it seems to hard when it cools down, as long as it's still pliable, it will work. If it cracks into pieces, you cooked it too long. Even 5 degrees can ruin the batch so keep an eye on it. Try again, or tell people you were going for painted glass candy all along. Also, most taffy recipes will tell you that you don't need to keep stirring after the mixture starts boiling. I ruined 3 batches before I found out it's safer just to keep stirring. Even a little bit of burnt taffy in the mix ruins the batch, and if you don't stir, it will burn to the bottom of the pan. **SIDE NOTE** I sited strawberry kool-aid in my recipe, but you can use any kind as long as it's unsweetened.
- Butter the sides of a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan or spray down with Pam.
- Add to the pan the first four ingredients.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.
- Cook to 245 degrees (firm ball stage) while constantly stirring.
- Remove from heat and continue to stir until mixture stops boiling.
- Add margarine and koolaid mixture.
- Return to heat and continue to stir until mixture reaches 245 degrees again.
- Remove from heat but continue to stir until mixture stops boiling.
- Pour mixture into a greased 15 x 10 pan.
- Let cool.
- When completely cooled, cut into 1 inch strips.
- Butter fingers.
- Grab a strip and start pulling. Keep pulling. Strip will SLOWLY turn whiter. Use your own judgement as to what consistency you want your taffy.
- Wrap in waxed paper or foils.