Strawberry Creamsicle Taffy

As with the origination of turkish taffy this recipe came about as a bit of a mistake.  When I went to measure out the strawberry jam, I discovered I only had half a cup rather than a full cup.  Luckily I discovered some orange marmalade, serendipitously also a half a cup.  Thus Strawberry Creamsicle Taffy.

This soft, chewy taffy reminds me of the frozen creamsicle treats from the neighborhood ice cream truck.  The same truck that would race through our subdivision at 40 miles an hour with a block of children frantically having for it to stop.  The creamy texture melts in your mouth, and still manages to stick to your teeth making it last longer than most candies.  It’s sweet without tasting sugary, and the citrus in the marmalade adds a tinge of tang to the end.

Strawberry Creamsicle Taffy
Adapted from Cherry Turkish Taffy

1 large egg white
2 ½ cups sugar
½ cup water
¼ tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup strawberry jam
1/2 cup orange marmalade

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper, lightly butter parchment and set aside.

In a large bowl whip egg white to soft peaks with a hand mixer, set aside.

Combine sugar, water and cornstarch in a medium pot, attach a candy thermometer to the side.  Stir until all ingredients are wet.  Heat on medium until boiling, with a wet pastry brush wash down any sugar crystals from the sides of the pot.  Heat until the temperature reaches 260 degrees F.

Add strawberry jam and orange marmalade and stir until all but orange pieces are dissolved. Continue heating until the mixture comes back to 260 degrees F.

Turn on the hand mixer and slowly add the syrup to the egg white.  Continue to mix for another 15 minutes.  Taffy will be warm and very stiff.

Pour taffy into the prepared pan.  With a wet spatula smooth the taffy to all edges of the pan.  Place in freezer for about 20 minutes to firm up.  Allow to warm slightly and cut with cooking shears into desired size.  Store between parchment paper or wrap individual pieces in wax paper.  Enjoy!

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  1. Looks great…don’t you love when a mistake turns out so well?


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