Back in the latter half of the 1800s and in the early part of the twentieth century Ocracoke young people periodically gathered for candy pulls, an important social gathering of the time.
Elizabeth Williams Howard ("Miss Bessy," 1892-1970) contributed the following recipe to the old "Ocracoke Cookbook":
1 cup molasses
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
a little butter & vanilla
Boil 10 minutes then cool enough to pull.
Maybe some of our readers will be able to get kids away from their electronic devices long enough to have an old-time candy pull. If so, let us know how it goes!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Rondthalers of Ocracoke Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032112.htm.