Pop's Molasses Popcorn Balls and Taffy
This recipe has been in our family for more than 100 years. My dad's mother would make and pull it on the taffy hook on her kitchen door jam. She would then sell it at the local mercantile in Alberta, Canada. As soon as fall came, my siblings and I would beg Pop to make them. We loved every minute of it, except the burnt hands from the hot syrup, that is. We knew company was coming when they heard Pop was making them. He always let me help when I got old enough. I still make these with my family. The flavor is somewhat like caramel candies. We always double this recipe so we have enough to make taffy and popcorn balls. My pop always made 2 double batches. Posting this recipe has brought back many wonderful and happy memories from my childhood. I do so in honor of my Pop (RIP 1917-1997).
Recipe Summary test
Have one person pour the syrup and someone else stir the batch in step 4. Be careful to keep hands out of the way of the syrup, as it causes bad burns.
Work quickly, as the popcorn mixture hardens fast and will burn your hands if you don't.
Store taffy in airtight containers or wrap in wax paper. Taffy will stick together if you don't keep it separated.