Recipe: Red Pepper Taffy for Sore Throats

This is a recipe from Prevention Magazine and is an easy-to-make taffy candy that is supposed to be great for sore throats.  The recipe was provided by Linda Bartoshuk, professor at Yale University School of Medicine.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter flavor
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Combine sugar, corn syrup, water, cornstarch, butter, and salt.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches 256 degrees F on a candy thermometer (or until a small amount of mixture dropped into some cold water forms a hard ball).  Remove from heat and stir in butter flavoring and cayenne pepper.  Pour onto a baking sheet.  When it’s cool enough to handle, pull the taffy until it has a satin feel, is light in color, and is stiff.  It it’s too sticky, butter both hands lightly and pull the taffy into long strips, 1/2 inch wide.  Cut with kitchen scissors into 1-inch pieces.  Wrap each piece separately with plastic wrap.  Makes about 30 pieces.

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