Clothesline Taffy

My mom has very fond memories of making this confection during the holidays.  Almost every year during the holiday season, she brings up this taffy and always states, “We really need to make this.”

This year, mom will be here the week before Christmas and the nephews will be here Christmas Eve.  Surely we can find a time to make this old time classic.  I think it would be hilarious to watch the nephews during the “pulling” process.

Note:  I love some of these directions!

Clothes Line Taffy (From grandmother’s family)

5 c.  sugar
2 1/2 c. corn syrup
2 c. milk
2 small pkgs. gelatin
1 lb. pecans
butter (size of an egg)
paraffin (size of an egg), melted before adding gelatin

Soak gelatin in 1/2 c. cold water until soft and dissolved.  Then, add the rest of mixture and cook until it breaks on side of pan.  Pull in entire amount.  Hang on clothesline and let get brittle.

I am a little unsure about the whole paraffin thing.  Mom will have to walk us through this.  (Personally, it sounds like a lot of work, but I am on board for making it at least once.)

1 comment to Clothesline Taffy

  • Judy Reimschisel

    This recipe is the same as what my mom used to make only we added 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Just make sure it is freezing outside and it is not a damp night the dryer the better. We don’t use the clothesline anymore since we don’t have one but lay it on our deck with the big sheet underneath it. I am 70 and still can remember when we used to make it all the time and we plan to make it this New Year’s. My mom was from the coid state of Ohio so they could make it more often since were from Kansas

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

  

  

  

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


Debra's favorite books »