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Swedish Taffy - Knäck

Updated on April 17, 2014

Make your own lovely taffy

Old-fashioned molasses taffy is easily made at home. I use to put the whole candy into my mouth and suck away the paper cup. Then I take it out and continue to enjoy the nuts, almonds and flavor.

You can make this candy by yourself, but it is more fun to have helpers. To make Swedish taffy take time! Bribe the children to participate. They can stand at the stove and stir while reading a Donald Duck magazine or similar.

There are many recipes with flavors and ingredients that differ. This lens is about the simple common ordinary Taffy we call KNÃCK in Sweden.

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The beloved, sweet, typical Swedish candy is home made and last for months after it is finished. Depending on how hard you want the fudge to be, you can change the temperature while boiling. Read about it here.

The almonds can be left out if nessecary. The recipe can be doubled according to the meassures here - Equal parts of sugar, cream, molasses and

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1,5 hours

Total Time: 1,5 hours

Serves: 100 pieces


  • 10 ounce white sugar
  • 10 ounce cream (not whipped)
  • 10 ounce molasses
  • 2 ounce butter
  • 5 ounce almonds


  1. Mix cream, sugar, butter and molasses in a thick pan. Choose a big one.
  2. Heat up everything on a rather hot stove without a lid. Stir now and then.
  3. While this is cooking, chop the almonds (or skip them if there is a reason to)
  4. To cook with a thermometer is easier. If you want the fudges softer boil only 248 degrees, and if you prefer to get them harder choose 257 degrees. Find your own favorite level.
  5. If you don´t have or want to use a thermometer, make a little test. Take a few drops of the boiling candy and put it on cold water on a plate. Use your fingers and form a little ball. If it stays hard and round, the taffy is finished.
  6. Stir the almonds into the saucepan and immediately pour the hot mass into the tiny forms. Using a spoon, takes time so maybe you want to use a jug with a spout.
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This is what you need to make the Taffy

Wilton Assorted Jewel Mini Cups, 100 Count
Wilton Assorted Jewel Mini Cups, 100 Count

Microwave-safe paper

Mini size 1-1/4 inch diameter cups

100 count

Mauviel Made In France M'Heritage Copper M250C 6501.17 1.9-Quart Saucepan with Lid, Cast Iron Handle
Mauviel Made In France M'Heritage Copper M250C 6501.17 1.9-Quart Saucepan with Lid, Cast Iron Handle

1.9-quart saucepan for melting butter, reducing sauces, and other small-scale tasks

Extra-thick 2.5 mm copper exterior heats quickly and evenly

Non-reactive stainless interior lining holds up to heavy use and cleans easily

Durable cast-iron handle with stainless rivets

Hand washing recommended; limited lifetime warranty

CDN DTP482 Digital Programmable Probe Thermometer/Timer
CDN DTP482 Digital Programmable Probe Thermometer/Timer

Digital, programmable thermometer; high-heat, stainless steel probe and cable

Great for roasts, barbecue, candy-making, and deep-fat frying

Check internal food temperatures without opening oven door; alarm sounds when food is done


Wikipedia´s recipe

A common recipe is equal parts (typically 0.3 litres) of heavy cream (not whipped), sugar and golden syrup. It is also common to add a few tablespoons of butter. One may also add one or two teaspoons of vanilla sugar or about 0.1 kg of peeled and finely chopped almonds. Put all the ingredients except for the almonds in a heavy based saucepan and stir until the sugar has melted. Simmer until a few drops of the mix poured into cold water can be rolled into a chewy or hard ball. Then add the almonds and pour the mixture in waxed paper cups and leave to cool. Even though the recipe is easy, the process of simmering can take up to 1.5 hours.


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      anonymous 4 years ago


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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      This is a recipe I am definitely going to have to try!

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      PearlieD 5 years ago

      these looks really yummy and more important seems to be easy enough to make even for me. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Paul 5 years ago from Montreal

      Looks delicious, my mouth is watering!

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      melissiaoliver 5 years ago

      I love Knäck, the first time I went to Sweden my friend and I made it - except her friends were very confused because we were making it in the middle of summer and they said they usually only made it at Christmas! I'd forgotten how to do the water test to see when it's finished, so thanks for making this lens :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yummy. Thanks for this. I'll definitely try this. Nice!

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      It has been a really long time since I made taffy! Thanks for the memory!

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      Yummy knacks! Ill try to make a bunch.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Your Swedish Taffy has to be delicious with that rich taste of molases and will smell so good in the kitchen while you are preparing it and how handy that you have the printable recipe here!

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      This sounds great- just the kind of thing for me! Lensrolled to mine about toffee!

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      This sound wonderful.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Sounds delicious, would definitely like to try Swedish Taffy if someone prepares it for me :)

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Hey there my dear -- let me send you my mailing address for a taste of some of this. Yumm!