Homemade Salt Water Taffy

How to make your own salt water taffy at home! (Where no one can watch you eat all the candy you want).


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 9 oz light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Green gel food coloring
  • Red gel food coloring
  • 2 tbsp butter, plus more for buttering hands and paper
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds


  1. Put the sugar, cornstarch, salt, water and corn syrup into a large saucepan. Heat over a low heat and stir until the sugar granules have dissolved. Turn up heat to medium, and leave it to come to a boil and heat up until it reaches 255 degrees. Let it stand for 5 minutes, then stir through the vanilla extract.
  2. Pour half of the mixture into another saucepan. Add a few drops of green food coloring to one, and a few red to another. Stir well. (The color fades when you stretch it so aim for a bit more vibrant than your intended end result.)

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