I’ve come to appreciate seasons more since living in Hawaii. I loved everything about our tour there, but I did miss the seasons. They just help to move the year along, each week ushers in small changes in the world around us, and I love matching our activities to them as well, seasonal bucket lists thrill me as I contemplate all of the fun adventures we’ll have over the coming months. As fall pulls to a close, I’ve been spurred on to enjoy a few last autumn treats, today– salt water taffy!
I used this Salt Water Taffy Recipe from The Accidental Scientist, the website is great because it explains what’s going on behind the cooking process, if you have an older child, that would be a really cool tie in! I prepped the ingredients beforehand since things get a bit crazy when there’s boiling sugar involved and you need to move quickly!
I made 1.5x the batch listed in the recipe and divided it in to four colors/flavors. I use these fruit flavorings from Amazon, they’re awesome for all sorts of baking needs and taste pretty realistic.
After bringing it up to 270 degrees, take it off and divide it between your bowls, I had each color and flavoring drops already ready to go and then just quickly mixed each one and poured it out on a cookie sheet to cool.
Aurora had fun greasing up her hands and making a “taffy snake” with me, she was very curious to taste it since it smelled so good, this one is orange mango, we also made blueberry, strawberry and banana!
Once you’ve pulled the taffy for 5-10 minutes it will no longer be clear, but cloudy, this means it’s done and will be nice and fluffy. Stretch it out in to a one inch thick rope and cut off chunks with greased scissors. While it’s soft, this is another great preschooler activity!
Wrap each piece up in a square of wax paper and it should keep for several weeks, enjoy!