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Taffy Pull Hook

Display: Sweet Inventions
Culinary Technique: aeration

Date: c. 1900

Manufacturer: Chapman and Smith Company

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Dimensions: 11" h x 5.5" w x 8" d

Watch collection donor Mel Mickevic demonstrate this object with
Dean Christopher Koetke, School of Culinary Arts, Kendall College,
and Victoria Matranga, exhibition curator.

Hot taffy is pulled, or aerated, to make it softer to chew. Before electric machines, the labor-intensive process required workers wearing heavy gloves to pull the hot batches.