Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (2024)

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This homemade vinegar taffy recipe makes a fun candy to make anytime.It’s an easy old fashioned taffy recipe. Try having a taffy pull at your next older kids party, adult party, fall orChristmas party.

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  • Author: Jill Cooper
  • Yield: 8 dozen



2 cups dark corn syrup
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla or other flavoring
food coloring


  1. Combine the first four ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Continue cooking to 260°.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in baking soda, vanilla and a few drops of food coloring.
  5. Beat until smooth and creamy.
  6. Pour into a buttered pan.
  7. When cool enough to handle, butter your hands and pull until light in color.
  8. Pull into long strips and cut into 1 inch pieces.

This homemade vinegar taffy recipe is from volume 1 of our Dining On A Dime Cookbook. For more yummy recipes like this, check it out here!

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  1. Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (8)Lisa T

    You didn’t ever add the vinegar….?


    • Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (9)Jill

      Lisa it is suppose to say the first 5 ingredients so you add at the first.


  2. Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (10)D.T.

    all i buy is apple cidar vinegar, will that work? the one and only time i made taffy was at my grandma’s church when i was a pre-teen. good memories.


  3. Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (11)Joy

    Is this a hard candy or a soft candy? I am want a soft taffy recipe. Thanks


    • Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (12)Tawra

      Yes it is. It isn’t like soft water taffy.


      • Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (13)Cindy

        The vinegar was the 4th of the 4 ingredients to add to the saucepan at the beginning of the recipe.

  4. Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (14)Kay

    Is additional food coloring to be added a second time after it is boiled with the first 5 ingredients? If so, is this to make it the color you prefer? If not, is it to be added before or after the boiling of first 4 and not first 5 ingredients? Really confused.


    • Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (15)Tawra

      Kay when you remove it from the heat just add the soda, vanilla and how much food coloring you want at this time and you are good to go. You don’t even have to add the food coloring if it will be easier for you because it is just for fun and to make it any color you want. Jill


      • Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (16)Barb

        I had the same question and I’m confused about the answer. It says to combine the first 5 ingredients, which includes coloring and then add coloring after removing from the heat. You say the food coloring is optional, is there a missing ingredient in the 4th position?


        • Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (17)Jill

          Sorry it was my mistake. I fixed it on the recipe. Do the syrup, sugar, butter, and vinegar then add the food coloring at the end. Sorry for the mix up and thanks for the heads up.


  5. Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (18)Shirley

    Can you add flavors to is for differnet flavors and if so what kind?


    • Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (19)Jill

      Yes you can and pretty much any flavor you like.


  6. Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (20)cathy f

    what type of vinegar is to be used?




    • Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (21)Jill

      Regular white vinegar.


    • Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (22)Jennika

      Can you use just apple cider vinger if you don’t have any white regular vinger?


      • Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (23)Jill

        You can use apple cider vinegar but just be aware it might change the flavor slightly but should be ok.


  7. Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (24)dt

    so is it soft? but not like salt water taffy? please clarify


    • Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (25)Jill

      If it is cooked correctly it hardens like a hard candy.


  8. Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (26)Magdalen

    Thank you. I remember reading about “taffy pulling” in some American story when I was little. Now I understand!


  9. Homemade Vinegar Taffy Recipe (27)Cassy

    One of our favorite cold winter evening activities at Grandpa’s. As soon as is was cool enough, Grandpa would throw it up over the coat hooks at the door with his “buttered hands” and let fall again and again until it was pulled enough and then Grandma would cut it into pieces.
    Thanks for a fond memory from the 1950’s.


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