If you haven’t tried to make candy, this is a great recipe for a beginner. Quick and Easy Molasses Candy is very simple and almost impossible to mess up. It doesn’t take much more than an hour to get these into a dish, and they are tasty!

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Quick and Easy Molasses Candy

This molasses candy is delicious and addicting! I hope you enjoy it.

  • Author: Theresa
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 c. molasses
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  1. Butter two glass pie pans and set aside. You will need a candy thermometer. In a 3 qt. heavy bottom saucepan, stir together the molasses, sugar, butter, and vinegar.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring just until the mixture comes to a boil. Clip a candy thermometer on the side, make sure it doesn’t touch the bottom of the pan. Without stirring, boil over medium heat until the syrup reaches 265 degrees.
  3. Add the baking soda stir.
  4. Pour the molasses candy mixture into your two prepared pie pans, dividing it evenly between the two.
  5. Let the molasses candy cool until you can handle it but it’s still warm. Work with one batch at a time. Begin pulling the molasses candy into ropes. This is very simple! Pull the candy, double over and pull again. See the video.
  6. Continue pulling and doubling until the molasses candy is shiny and golden in color. Quickly stretch into a rope about 1/2″ wide. With a pair of kitchen scissors or just a sharp knife, cut the candy into 3/4″ pieces. Let all the molasses candy cool completely. Store in airtight containers. Makes about 6-7 dozen.

Notes

In the first video clip, I mention we are at high-altitude but became distracted and didn’t finish that sentence until the second clip. (hence, we ain’t doing quick clips anymore holding the camera ha!) So, boiling to 265 degrees is for sea-level. I explain a little in the video, but if you are high-altitude you’ll want to do a search for candy making at ‘your’ altitude.

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Easy Molasses Candy

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Easy Molasses Candy

Pour the molasses candy mixture into your two prepared pie pans, dividing it evenly between the two.

Easy Molasses Candy

Let the molasses candy cool until you can handle it but it’s still warm. Work with one batch at a time. Begin pulling the molasses candy into ropes. This is very simple! Pull the candy, double over and pull again. (See video above).

Easy Molasses Candy

Continue pulling and doubling until the molasses candy is shiny and golden in color. Quickly stretch into a rope about 1/2″ wide. With a pair of kitchen scissors or just a sharp knife, cut the candy into 3/4″ pieces. Let all the molasses candy cool completely. Store in airtight containers. Makes about 6-7 dozen.

Quick and Easy Molasses Candy

41 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Molasses Candy”

  1. This is just what I’ve been looking for! We do a cookie/candy exchange and it’s a great change from our usual, I know I’ll be the only one who brings it.

  2. Old fashioned pulled candy . . . the apple cider and molasses provide nutritional benefits, too. Love!

  3. It looks yummy! The only recipes I’ve tried making with molasses are cookies and gingerbread, but my dh is not a fan of molasses. I think our grandchildren would enjoy this treat though. 🙂

  4. this is one thing my young cookie baker has been trying to make without success — can’t wait to try your recipe!

  5. I love molasses, so I bet I’ll love these! I wonder if they will break my teeth or if it’s sticky? Either way, YUM and probably worth it! And by the way, I’ve always avoided recipes that require a candy thermometer, even though I have one. It always seemed involved, but maybe I’ll actually give these a shot!

    • Well, don’t bite them, they might break a tooth! They are yummy. For a thermometer, I think I’m going to upgrade to a digital candy thermometer. The clip on ones work fine and are cheaper, but my daughter put mine in the dishwasher after that video. Not sure I’ll trust the temps now! Thanks for dropping by!

  6. I’ve never had molasses candy. I have everything for this but the thermometer. A store trip I will need to make.

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