CIVIL WAR BLACK STRAP MOLASSES CANDY
Black Strap Molasses Candy
Here is the recipe:
Boil 2 quarts of molasses over medium heat, stirring constantly to keep it from boiling over or scorching. Cook until it becomes like taffy. (Test for doneness by dropping a small bit in cold water—if it forms a small ball, it’s done.)
Remove from heat and let it cool down enough to pick it up with your hands. Keep some butter handy to protect your fingers and keep the molasses from sticking to your hands. Roll the molasses into sticks. Stretch the sticks like you do taffy, pull to double the original length, fold over, and repeat. Keep pulling until the candy turns light yellow, about 5 minutes. Cut to the desired length.
Sugar was so valuable that it was kept locked in a sugar chest and women wore the key around their neck! (Notice that the sugar is in cones, which was typical for that time period.)
A research grant to study slavery and the Underground Railroad in Kentucky inspired, "A Promise Moon." I alluded to, or drew inspiration from my findings as I wrote my latest novel which is set during the Civil War. RESEARCH FINDINGS