about 2 1/2 dozen

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine sugar, water, vinegar, and butter in a 2-quart saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Cover and continue to cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes to wash down sugar crystals from sides of pan. Uncover and cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches soft crack stage (270°). Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.

Step 2

Pour syrup into a well-buttered 15- x 10- x 1-inch jellyroll pan or onto a well-buttered marble slab. Allow syrup to cool slightly.

Step 3

Work syrup into a mound, using a buttered spatula or candy scraper. Divide mound of candy in half. With buttered hands, pull, fold, and twist each portion until candy is opaque and begins to stiffen.

Step 4

Pull each portion into a rope, 1/2-inch in diameter. Twist ropes together, forming 1 rope. Cut into 1-inch pieces; wrap each piece in waxed paper.

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