Chocolate Salt Water Taffy. My first attempt at candy for the foodie gift exchange during the Foodbuzz Festival. They sort of resemble a tootsie roll but they taste so much better. They're chewier and deliciously chocolaty.
I also added a tin of Old Bay Seasoning. The foodie gift was to reflect my blog and/or food from my local region. You can't get any more East Coast/Maryland than good ole Old Bay Seasoning and Salt Water Taffy now can you.
The chocolate flavor is rich and the texture is light and chewy, exactly what a salt water taffy should be.
Courtesy of Cooks.com
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/8 Cup Corn Syrup
1/4 Cup Water
2-1/2 oz Ghirardelli Unsweetened Chocolate
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Organic Unsalted Butter
1/4 tsp Real Vanilla
1. Add the sugar, corn syrup, water, Ghirardelli chocolate and salt over high heat stirring constantly until your candy thermometer reads 260º degrees or until a small amount placed in cold water forms into a hard ball. Remove from heat add the butter and vanilla extract and stir well. Grease a dish generously with butter and pour the mixture and allow to cool.
2. Grease your hands with butter. When the taffy has cooled enough to handle take the taffy and pull until it has a satiny gloss, about 10 minutes. The reason for pulling the taffy is to incorporate many tiny air bubbles throughout the candy. This makes it lighter and chewier.
Make a 1/2 inch diameter rope with the taffy, cut with a greased knife or scissors, allow to sit out for about 20 minutes then wrap in wax paper. I added a foil wrap as well.
Check this link out, Science of Candy before attempting to make your own. This site provides some great tips that are useful when you're making taffy or any type of candy for that matter. The internet is truly an awesome resource. Enjoy.