Aunt Verna’s Pull Candy

My husband loved this taffy like confection – too sweet for me.  Every time we would go to Kentucky to see his Mom, Gene would get some of this candy.  He wrote down the recipe, so I thought I should include it for anyone out there that might want to try and make it.  So this recipe is in his own words…

I thought I would include Gene’s handwritten recipe…


  • 2 cups sugar
  • water to moisten (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 stick butter

Put sugar and baking powder in pan and add water while shaking (no stirring with a spoon).  Add butter and boil to softball stage.  Pour out all at once on buttered marble slab.

Begin folding in edges as soon as cool enough to handle.  Pull with fingers (not hands), keep twisting.  Use long quick strokes.  Add flavoring as soon as poured on slab, coloring and nuts after we start pulling.  Stretch and cut with scissors – keep tightly covered until it creamed.

Comment:  You know you have done it right if it turns white and gets creamy.  Gene did not mention what flavoring or nuts went into this concoction but looking online people have used vanilla or almond extract.  I really do not remember any nuts being in the candy.

Also, my sister-in-law mentioned the slab should be outside with the temperature below freezing and not raining – something about the dew point?

Anyways, if anyone remembers this candy and has any comments…

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