Vinegar taffy? Oh, yes. Growing up, my family would start making candies to give as Christmas gifts right after Thanksgiving. This year, I am making them early to pack some up and ship to Clara – this will be the first year she stays in Ireland over the Christmas break. Though she may have the kitchen and supplies she needs to make them herself, I choosing to do a few more homemade goods for the holidays – it’s my way of adapting holiday celebrations to be safe.
This is a variation on an old family favorite recipe. It may sound a little odd, but it’s actually delightful, if not slightly addictive. Vinegar’s sharp sour contrasts to sugar’s sweetness and creates a unique flavor sensation. Pulling taffy takes some time and is best done in joyous company, with your hair tied back.