Jessica made this candy years ago and put it in one of our journals. At the last minute one day I decided to whip up a batch. It was going so well, I thought I’d get a quick video. Quick and easy molasses candy is a recipe you’ll keep.
The molasses gives it a deep rich flavor that is so addicting! Just a few ingredients are part of this recipe. Remember, this is not taffy, and doesn’t stay soft long. You’ll have to work quickly.
Quick Molasses Candy Video Clip
Pour the molasses candy mixture into your two prepared pie pans, dividing it evenly between the two.
Once the candy is cool enough to handle, quickly roll it into ropes. Using the scissors cut it into pieces. This hardens up nicely and is fun to serve at parties.
- 1 c. molasses
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1 Tbsp. white or apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- Butter two glass pie pans and set aside. You will need a candy thermometer. In a 3 qt. heavy bottom saucepan, stir together the molasses, sugar, butter, and vinegar.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring just until the mixture comes to a boil. Clip a candy thermometer on the side, make sure it doesn’t touch the bottom of the pan. Without stirring, boil over medium heat until the syrup reaches 265 degrees.
- Add the baking soda stir.
- Pour the molasses candy mixture into your two prepared pie pans, dividing it evenly between the two.
- Let the molasses candy cool until you can handle it but it’s still warm. Work with one batch at a time. Begin pulling the molasses candy into ropes. This is very simple! Pull the candy, double over and pull again. See the video.
- Continue pulling and doubling until the molasses candy is shiny and golden in color. Quickly stretch into a rope about 1/2″ wide. With a pair of kitchen scissors or just a sharp knife, cut the candy into 3/4″ pieces. Let all the molasses candy cool completely. Store in airtight containers. Makes about 6-7 dozen.
In the first video clip, I mention we are at high-altitude but became distracted and didn’t finish that sentence until the second clip. (hence, we ain’t doing quick clips anymore holding the camera ha!) So, boiling to 265 degrees is for sea-level. I explain a little in the video, but if you are high-altitude you’ll want to do a search for candy making at ‘your’ altitude.
If you haven’t tried to make candy, this is a great recipe for a beginner. Quick and Easy Molasses Candy is very simple and almost impossible to mess up. It doesn’t take much more than an hour to get these into a dish, and they are tasty!
A sweet reader pointed out that she thought the recipe was a taffy consistency – it’s not! As it cools it becomes harder to pull, which is why you need to be careful about how long you allow it to cool. This turns into a hard, delicious candy. (Easy to give as a gift!)
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