• 1 C light karo corn syrup
  • 3/4 C water
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 Tbsp corn oil + extra for pan & hands (use corn oil, or it will change the flavor of the taffy)
  • 3/4 tsp desired flavoring extract – try use vanilla or peppermint or cinnamon


  1. Grease a cookie sheet with a small amount of corn oil
  2. In a 4 qt pot, over medium-high heat, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and corn oil  
  3. Add karo syrup and water
  4. Stir until mixture boils rapidly
  5. Cook to 252 degrees on your candy thermometer
  6. Add extract and stir until combined
  7. Pour onto prepared cookie sheet and when cool enough to handle, oil your hands with a little corn oil and pull into a rope
  8. Cut into 1″ lengths
  9. Wrap in wax paper – twisting both ends