I'm not sure if this is actually taffy or not, but I am sure it was one of my favorite homemade treats when I was little. These little hard hockey pucks of sugary molasses made an annual appearance at the Halloween parade in my hometown of Columbia, PA. They were perfectly round, the color of dark molasses and usually wrapped haphazardly in waxed paper. You could find them on just about every Brownie Troop or PTA bake sale table, right next to the Rice Krispie treats or cupcakes. The best thing about them was they lasted forever. Because they were as hard as a lollipop, but the size of a flattened coke can, you could work on it for almost the entire length of the parade, which was half the fun. Their large size and lack of a stick made them somewhat tricky to eat, and you usually ended up with a sticky mess. I don't remember minding at the time, though. I had forgotten about them until recently when someone gave me a piece of molasses candy. As soon as I tasted it, I was transported back to fourth grade with a group of giggly girls slurping their molasses taffy while combing the streets for cute boys. One of those girls was a best friend growing up. Her name is Rachael. Rachael recently proved that distance and time mean nothing when it comes to friendship, as she answered my Facebook recipe plea within minutes. Thanks to Rachael's recipe, I'm enjoying one right now. Nostalgia is an understatement. If you like molasses, like candy and don't mind a mess, give these a whirl. Rachael's Molasses Taffy 1 1/2 cups of dark molasses 2 teaspoons vinegar 3/4 cup of sugar 1 1/2 tablespoon of butter Cook the above ingredients over medium heat until they reach the hard ball stage. That is where you drop some into a glass of water and it forms a hard ball. If you find the right candy thermometer it will say what temp hard ball is. Butter cupcake pans really thick with butter before you pour the candy into them. You have to work fast with it because it starts to set quickly. Also be careful because it burns like hell if you get it on you.