Molasses Pull Taffy Recipe from The Amazing Race Canada

Servings: many serving(s)

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

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This molasses pull taffy recipe is easy to follow and great fun to make with kids. (Or Amazing Race Canada teams.)

Molasses pull taffy recipe is easy to follow and great fun to make with kids.

Who doesn’t love an old fashioned taffy pull?

When I was little, making this molasses pull taffy recipe was great fun. Slathering our hands with butter and pulling great gobs of soft taffy into glossy brittle strands was just about the ultimate in kitchen fun.

But then there’s competitive taffy pulling…

Amazing Race Canada takes the Molasses Pull Taffy Challenge:

An old fashioned taffy pull became a competitive sport last spring when The Amazing Race Canada teams visited our plant in Saint John during filming for the show’s fourth season.

Teams were challenged to make a triple batch of this old Crosby’s molasses pull taffy recipe:

Molasses Pull Taffy Recipe from The Amazing Race Canada

Cooking under pressure is stressful. All four teams arrived at our plant for the sticky challenge – a four-way cook-off — in a race to be the first to complete the task.

  • This molasses pull taffy recipe is easy to follow and great fun to make with kids. (Or Amazing Race Canada teams


“A watched pot never boils”, so the saying goes…

In a race where time is everything, waiting for the taffy mixture to come to temperature was more than a little painful (even for those of us who were spectators). And waiting for it to cool enough to handle…

In the end all four teams met the challenge and raced off to St. Andrews for the next leg of the competition.

Now is your chance to compete…


Molasses Pull Taffy

Molasses pull taffy recipe is easy to follow and great fun to make with kids.

An old fashioned candy recipe that’s great fun to make with kids.

  • Author: Bridget Oland


  • ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda


  1. In a heavy bottomed pot, combine molasses, sugar, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring often, until mixture reaches 255 F (or when a small amount dropped in cold water turns hard).
  2. Remove from heat and add butter, cream of tartar and baking soda. Pour onto a buttered, sided cookie sheet.
  3. When cool enough to handle, pull pieces of taffy until light in color. (Butter hands before pulling).
  4. Twist and cut into 1” pieces. Wrap in parchment paper.

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12 thoughts on “Molasses Pull Taffy Recipe from The Amazing Race Canada

  1. Alma Brown says:

    I am thrilled to see and have this recipe…..I grew up in Corner Brook, NFLDL, and that was our weekly treat, to make with our parents. There were 6 of us, that pulled the taffy. What a great time, as a family, we would have. ✍
    That was our Recess treat, for School along with Apples.
    This is the best, lots of Iron, magnesium, Potassium, and much more body values.
    I always keep Crosby Molasses on my shelf. ?
    Many thanks for this info on Candy.
    Alma Brown……..?

    1. Thanks Alma, I have great memories of pull taffy too. Someday soon I’ll add a video to this post that shows my kids pulling the taffy.

  2. LPV says:

    I love making molasses taffy. This was something I did with my children during winter storms.
    It brings back lots of memories as well as I came from a large family and we often made it as a treat. There’s something about the buttery feel of warm taffy in your hands.
    My mom told the story of when they made it as children and the pot would be placed in the snow to cool before pulling.
    Definitely something I will make as a winter treat. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  3. Dean Kindle says:

    I tried this and it seemed to turn out really good. But the next day it was not chewy at all. It had turned brittle and crumbly. Any thoughts on what may have happened?

    1. Hi Dean, I find that pull taffy can be finicky, depending on the weather. This recipe almost always works perfectly for me, but I had one batch last fall that went strange the next day. I chalked it up to the weather (it was humid).

    2. Julia says:

      You probably heated it too much. The hotter you cook candy the harder and more brittle it will be once it cools.

    3. Celia B. says:

      I have found when making taffy and caramels that they will stay chewy if I immediately wrap them individually in waxed paper or Saran, store in an airtight container, and keep in the freezer. You have to work quickly, because even the moisture from your hands can contribute to their “going to sugar,” which is what my mom and grandma used to call it when a chewy candy turned to crumbly due to humidity. Best way is to try to make on days when humidity is low, such as on a cold day when the heat is on and the indoor air is dry.

      1. Bridget Oland says:

        Thanks Celia, that is such a helpful suggestion, especially storing the taffy in the freezer.

  4. Linda says:

    When I was little my mom and dad would make this at Christmas time. My sister and I would get to pull the taffy. It was one of the best traditions we had. I loved to do it and I loved the taste of it.

    1. Lynn Purdy says:

      Linda, Isn’t it great how food can bring us such good memories. Try making some Pull Taffy for yourself and enjoy those memories even more. Happy Holidays

  5. Can,t wait to try this recipe.

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