Homemade Irresistible Unicorn Taffy Bait

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Homemade Irresistible Unicorn Taffy Bait (Salt Water Taffy)

Full of colorful swirls, sweet candy flavor, and fluffy texture, this Irresistible Unicorn Taffy Bait will catch more than magical unicorns and happiness.

Servings 2 lbs taffy
Author Rachel


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon flavoring (cotton candy, lemon, peppermint, vanilla, watermelon, licorice, etc) flavor to taste
  • coloring (gel preferred)
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter to use when working with or pulling taffy


  1. In a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt.  Stir constantly until sugar has dissolved.   

  2. Cook until hard ball stage (255-265 degrees).

  3. Remove from heat; stir in flavoring (and coloring if you prefer). 

  4. Pour into lightly greased or lined pan to cool.  Cool until comfortable to handle.

  5. Butter hands. Gather taffy and pull (or use a taffy hook or taffy puller machine).

  6. Pull until taffy mixture has turned a dull white and doubled in size.  (If hand pulling, this may take up to 30 minutes).

  7. Roll into a 1-inch round log and cut with scissors greased with butter.  Wrap in waxed paper and store in ziplock bag to retain freshness.

Recipe Notes

  • Use a calibrated candy thermometer.
  • If taffy feels stiff, you can dip your hands in water and continue pulling.  The taffy will become stringy but as the water is incorporated, the taffy will soften and stick.  If using this method, avoid adding more than 2 tablespoons or the taffy will become too soft and may crystallize as it is stored.
  • Hand pulling taffy may take 30 minutes or more.  Using a taffy hook or taffy puller machine will speed up the process.
  • Colors:
    • red/blue = purple
    • red/yellow = orange
    • blue/yellow = green 

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10 Responses

  1. Terri says:

    These a simply adorable and your pics show it off so well. I love taffy and I would love this!!

  2. Theresa says:

    This is such a cute idea. My children love unicorns, and they would have fun making this recipe!

  3. Anna nuttall says:

    My niece would go crazy over this. What a lovely sweets for kids. xx

  4. Jeanine says:

    Oh I love the colours. I would love to make some of this. I love me some good taffy! So delicious!

  5. how cute! these would have been cute with my daughter’s unicorn party we had lol Maybe next time.

  6. Reshama says:

    These look SO delish! and i love the colors. My little one would love this one. 🙂

  7. Tereza says:

    These look like they came from an actual sweet shop, well done! And how beautiful is the taffy puller in action, actual magic! x

  8. Amanda Love says:

    This is amazing. I’ve never made my own taffy before, which makes this all the more exciting. I sure would love to make this with my kids! Thanks for the recipe.

  9. My Dad has a KitchenAid Mixer that he is just itching to use for things other than making pound cake. I love the colors used to make this homemade taffy.

  10. Heather says:

    I never knew how taffy was made! Those look so good! Thanks for the tutorial! One time I went to a candy store and learned how they make the hard candy with the fun colors and designs! Your post reminds me of that! It was super cool!

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