My mom taught me how to make taffy, and it's a fun thing to do with a group of people. Pulling taffy is actually a great group activity. One thing mom always had in her kitchen was a candy thermometer, and I have one in my kitchen too. The CDN Candy Thermometer has a large dial and is easy to read. It registers from between 100 to 400 degrees F. The different stages are also shown, so it takes the guess work out of making candy. I use this when I make caramel corn, but the clip doesn't stay on my pan very well, and it doesn't keep the tip of the thermometer off the bottom of my pan. (If the tip touches the metal pan it will increase the temperature and won't give an accurate reading.) It's pretty accurate too. I cook my caramel mixture to the medium ball stage and the thermometer is right on. Another way to check the stage without a thermometer is to drop some of the hot liquid into a cup of very cold water. If it hardens and holds its shape, it's ready. This thermometer can be used for deep drying as well, but I only use it for candy making. It is sharp, so I appreciate the sheath that comes with it to protect it when it is in my utensil drawer. I only hand wash this instrument. Ease of Cleaning Hand wash, easy to do Durability Good, had mine for years Design I don't like the angel of the clip, it does not stay on my pots and allows the tip to touch the bottom of my pan.
Eagle River, AK