While waiting for the candy to cool, Raggedy Andy said, “We must rub butter upon our hands before we pull the candy, or else it will stick to our hands as it has done to Henny’s hands and have to wear off!”
“Will this hard ball of candy have to wear off of my hand?” Henny asked. “It is so hard, I cannot wiggle any of my fingers!”
“It will either have to wear off, or you will have to soak your hand in water for a long time, until the candy on it melts!” said Raggedy Andy.
“Dear me!” said Henny.
Uncle Clem brought the poker then and, asking Henny to put his hand upon the stove leg, he gave the hard candy a few sharp taps with the poker and chipped the candy from Henny’s hand.
“Thank you, Uncle Clem!” Henny said, as he wiggled his fingers. “That feels much better!”
Raggedy Andy told all the dolls to rub butter upon their hands.
“The candy is getting cool enough to pull!” he said.
Then, when all the dolls had their hands nice and buttery, Raggedy Andy cut them each a nice piece of candy and showed them how to pull it.
“Take it in one hand this way,” he said, “and pull it with the other hand, like this!”
When all the dolls were supplied with candy they sat about and pulled it, watching it grow whiter and more silvery the longer they pulled.
Then, when the taffy was real white, it began to grow harder and harder, so the smaller dolls could scarcely pull it any more.
When this happened, Raggedy Andy, Raggedy Ann, Uncle Clem and Henny, who were larger, took the little dolls’ candy and mixed it with what they had been pulling until all the taffy was snow white.
[Illustration: The taffy pull]
Then Raggedy Andy pulled it out into a long rope and
held it while Uncle
Clem hit the ends a sharp tap with the edge of the spoon.
This snipped the taffy into small pieces, just as easily as you might break icicles with a few sharp taps of a stick.
The small pieces of white taffy were placed upon the buttered platter again and the dolls all danced about it, singing and laughing, for this had been the most fun they had had for a long, long time.
“But what shall we do with it?” Raggedy Ann asked.
“Yes, what shall we do with it!” Uncle Clem said. “We can’t let it remain in the platter here upon the kitchen floor! We must hide it, or do something with it!”
“While we are trying to think of a way to dispose of it, let us be washing the stew kettle and the spoon!” said practical Raggedy Ann.
“That is a very happy thought, Raggedy Ann!” said Raggedy Andy. “For it will clean the butter and candy from our hands while we are doing it!”
So the stew kettle was dragged to the sink and filled with water, the dolls all taking turns scraping the candy from the sides of the kettle, and scrubbing the inside with a cloth.