Catholic Culture Liturgical Living
Catholic Culture Liturgical Living

Catholic Recipe: Old Fashioned Pull Taffy


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light Karo syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring, if desired
  • Flavoring desired


Prep Time: N/A

Difficulty:  ★★☆☆

Cost:  ★☆☆☆

For Ages: 15+



Feasts (1)

This French Canadian custom of making "La tire Ste Catherine " is celebrated on St. Catherine' s Day, every November 25th. There is a legend that says that Marguerite Bourgeoys made "la tire" — pull taffy — for the first time on Sainte-Catherine's day when she opened her first school in Ville-Marie that we now call Montréal. She made the taffy to bring in both French and Indian French students.


Combine sugar, Karo® syrup, water and cream of tartar. Place over heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring, to 265 degrees on candy thermometer. Remove from heat; add coloring and flavoring if desired. Pour on greased platter or pie pan. Cool until easily handled.

Pull into ropes until chalky and porous. Break or cut into bite-size pieces with scissors.

This makes a mess, but is a lot of fun for everyone involved. Greased hands make pulling easier.