March 13, 2014

Taffy Anyone?

There was no school today due to snow and freezing rain, so this afternoon Zachary and I broke out his Candy Chemistry kit.

Salt water taffy anyone?
This was our first attempt at making taffy and it resulted in something more akin to hard candy, but it's tasty nonetheless. The whole taffy pulling process was actually a lot of fun, and a bit of an arm workout, especially near the end.

It made way more candy than I thought it would.
Once we finished I Googled possible reasons our taffy was so hard. One site recommended adding glycerin to the mixture and only heating it to 265 degrees, rather then the 270 most recipes call for (including ours). We'll certainly give it a go again sometime, following those recommendations.

I think we're moving on to gummy candies next.

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