5. ATTACH THE ELECTRICAL CORD
Attach the electrical cord and the
motor leads to an insulated, covered
electrical terminal strip. Test the
taffy puller by plugging it in.
Make any alignment adjustments
necessary to insure smooth rotation
of the arms. Once aligned, unplug the
machine from the wall outlet. Your
taffy pulling machine is now ready
for its maiden stretch!
CAUTION: 120V AC current is dangerous and misuse can injure
or kill. Seek the assistance of a qualified electrician if needed. Although
the arms of the machine rotate at relatively slow speed, the complex
motion of the arms constitutes a pinching hazard. Keep fingers well
away from the pinch points.
NOW GO USE IT
RECIPES AND TIPS
There are many recipes for taffy on the internet.
You may need to try a few before you get one that
works well with your machine.
Once the taffy is cooked, I pull it by hand to get
it started. I plug in the puller, transfer a lump of
taffy weighing roughly 5oz to the machine, adjust
it until it stays on the arms, and let the machine do
its job. Be careful not to get pinched by the moving
The key to good taffy is timing. The ingredients
must be watched closely as they heat to a precise
temperature known in candy making as the “hard
ball stage.” The taffy mixture is allowed to cool
until it can just be handled and then is placed
on the machine and pulled. Working too quickly
or too slowly will make your taffy stringy, lumpy,
The taffy becomes thicker as it’s folded in the
machine. Toward the end of your taffy pull, you may
have to give the rotating arms an occasional shove
to keep the taffy moving. Keep experimenting.
Whether it’s the mesmerizing repetitive motion of
the machine or the prospect of a sweet treat, soon
you too will be pulling in an appreciative crowd.