Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Red Pepper Taffy for Sore Throats

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup water
1 Tbs cornstarch
2 Tbs butter or margarine
1 teas salt
2 teas butter flavor
1 teas cayenne pepper

In a 2-qt saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, cornstarch, butter and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly to 256 degrees on a candy thermometer (or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a hard ball. Remove from heat, stir in butter flavor and cayenne pepper and pour onto a baking sheet. When just cool enough to handle, pull taffy until satiny, light in color and stiff. If taffy becomes too sticky, butter hands lightly. Pull into long strips about 1/2 inch wide. With scissors, cut strips into 1 in pieces. Wrap pieces individually in plastic wrap or wax paper. Chew as needed. Makes about 30 pieces

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