Quick and Easy Molasses Candy

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


Butter two glass pie pans and set aside. You will need a candy thermometer. In a 3 qt. heavy bottom saucepan stir together:1 cup molasses1 cup sugar1 TBSP. unsalted butter1 TBSP. white or apple cider vinegar

Easy Molasses Candy

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.[NOTE: 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.]

Quick Molasses Candy Video Clip

Once the syrup reaches  the right temperature, take off the heat and stir in 1 tsp. of baking soda. Stir well, allowing the mixture to rise and then fall.

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

  • molli glowacki says:

    Looks delicious, thanks!

  • Lorena says:

    Going to make this tomorrow!

  • Jenny says:

    sounds yummy!

  • mercy says:

    I love how the old fashion way is making a come-back. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nancy Ratterree says:

    Perfect timing, I just purchased a jar of molasses at the store, time to make candy!

  • Sherry Lauser says:

    My son loves molasses, this will be a fun record to try with him.

  • scmorris says:

    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.

  • Kristi Schwisow says:

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

  • Lynne says:

    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. 🙂

  • Tammi says:

    This would make a nice Christmas gift. Thanks!

  • Joyce says:

    I am thinking I will use this as part of my bake exchange recipe coming up!

  • Ilka says:

    Oh my, this looks yummy. And I love the taste of molasses. So… I’ve just got to try this. 🙂

  • Amy says:

    I will try this tomorrow with my children! I love molasses! Mmmm! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Amy says:

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

  • Regina says:

    I have never made anything like this. Looks good. Thanks.

  • Bonnie White says:

    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!

    • Theresa says:

      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!

  • Jo says:

    T These look good!

  • Phyllis says:

    This looks like something that would be fun to make with my daughters.

  • Nancy Cavasoz says:

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

  • Zoe Powers says:

    These were so good!

  • Kim says:

    These look so good!

  • Jordan says:

    Looks delicious!