A fond memory of my childhood was when my mom and us kids made Pull Taffy. Mom would make a gooey concoction then place it on the buttered pan. The pan was then placed on the porch to cool. When it was cool enough to handle, we would start to pull the mixture until it was thicker in texture and white in colour. We then twisted it into rolls and cut it into bite size pieces. Mom said, "We kept it simple because we didn't have all the fancy ingredients. It was the only time of the year the children got candy. That is why they all have good teeth."
Many laughs were shared between me and my five siblings. A memory of Christmas and family that are very special to me.
OLD FASHIONED "PULL" TAFFY
4 cups sugar
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 cup (white) vinegar
Place all the ingredients into a deep kettle. Boil to hard ball stage, and then pour into a buttered pan. Cool the mixture until it can be handled.
Rub hands with butter. Then pull the mixture until it turns white.
The fun part is pulling the Taffy between two pairs of hands.
Cut into pieces and wrap each piece in wax paper. Use an airtight tin or jar to store.
- Rich Coleman, MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove