Kool Aid Taffy

Our Kool-Aid Taffy Before it Turned into a Rock

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and thought the kids would have fun making taffy.

We had fun trying it out, though it took FOR.EVE.R and I must’ve cooked it too long or something because it turned so hard we couldn’t pull it (I used a candy thermomemter and took it right off the heat when it hit 250F, so who knows). Later when I accidentally dropped some on the floor it broke into pieces, ha!

Also, you need tons of time for this recipe, which usually doesn’t fly with with little ones. 🙂 It reminded me of this cartoon:

kid humor

So here’s the recipe.


  • 2 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 c. light corn syrup
  • 1 1/3 c. room temp water
  • 2 Tbs. butter, plus more for buttering hands
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 pkg Kool-Aid

Kool Aid Taffy


1. Butter a baking sheet & its sides.

2. In a saucepan, stir the sugar and cornstarch together. Add corn syrup, water, butter and salt and stir until the butter melts.

3. Bring to a boil over medium heat and stop stirring. Cook mixture until candy thermometer reads 250 degrees. Once it approaches 250 degrees watch closely because it cooks quickly at the end.

4. Immediately remove from heat. (If you cook it too long it will turn out very hard.) Carefully stir in vanilla and Kool-Aid Stir well.

5. Pour mixture onto buttered baking pan. Allow to cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes.

6. Butter hands and pull until it becomes opaque and lighter in color, usually about 15 mins of pulling. You will need to butter your hands a few times. * if your taffy turns out like ours did, you can just skip the next steps and throw the hard glob in the garbage LOL 🙂

7. Pull into long ropes and cut into bite sized pieces with a buttered pizza cutter.

8. Wrap the pieces of taffy in squares of waxed paper and make sure to twist the ends really well to seal; store in an airtight container.

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Kool Aid Taffy