More About Taffy

I was aware that taffy was well aligned at the molecular level but sought details after purchasing a box of licorice flavor taffy at Jacobsen Salt in Portland. site

Chef Dale Breynard demonstrates the process of making saltwater taffy using traditional methods at Sweet Copper Cafe, Canberra. facebook

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Jean-Luc Thiffeault describes a number of devices for pulling candy, called taffy pullers, that are related to pseudo-Anosov mapping classes. Though the mathematical connection has long been known for the two most common taffy puller designs, we unearth a rich variety of early designs from the patent literature. pdf

Perhaps I was wrong. Online sources say that pulling taffy adds air bubbles providing a soft texture. No mention of alignment. post

Contrast: The best known part of sword manufacturing process is the folding of the steel, where the swords are made by repeatedly heating, hammering and folding the metal. The process of folding metal to improve strength and remove impurities is frequently attributed to specific Japanese smiths in legends. wikipedia