Jailhouse/Prison Laffy Taffy
Jailhouse/Prison Laffy Taffy
This candy is so good it’s a source of income for some folks inside. This prison Laffy Taffy is mix of unconventional ingredients that can soothe any sweet tooth. Here's how you can make it at home.


  • 16 - 20 ounce package powdered nondairy creamer
  • 8 - 10 single-service packs of Kool-Aid (any flavor)
  • 4 tbsp water


  1. Pour the creamer in a plastic bowl, then pour all the Kool-Aid packets on top. You have to use a pair of plastic or latex gloves because it gets sticky. 
  2. Add 4 tablespoons of water and mix it into the creamer and Kool-Aid. With gloves on, you have to mush all the powder together and make it stick to parts made wet with water. Once you’ve made it all stick together, you ball it up and stretch it out like a slinky. Then fold it and do it again and roll it back into a ball. 
  3. Repeat this cycle until the taffy is smooth and everything is mixed together perfectly. Flatten it out like a pizza on top of an unused plastic bag, plastic wrap or parchment paper. Then take a pizza cutter or butter knife and cut it into pieces.


  • If you put any more than 4 tbsp of water you will kill your chances of success. You will be left with a bowl of slime and gelatinous liquid that you’ll have to throw away.
  • If you get it right, though, the candy is ready in 30 minutes.
  • Instead of "KooliAid" you could also use the single-serve Starbust flavor packets or Skittles single-serve packets.  Anything will really work.  Many companies make these to-go flavor packets these days.
  • To vary the flavor, you can sprinkle chili powder over the top layer. Do the same with Jolly Ranchers crushed into powder. 

Prison Fact:  The reason why nobody likes to share the recipe in prison is because it’s a hustle. The creamer and Kool-Aid for one batch costs only $4. The Jolly Ranchers and chili powder might cost about $10. But the batch makes 20 to 30 big pieces that can sell for $1 apiece. One prison reported that they make a few hundred dollars a month selling it. Some people survive on the proceeds and even send money home monthly to their children. 

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