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  • Pamela was having a candy-pull down-stairs one night — a grown-up candy-pull to which the boys were not expected.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Christmas-tree from the blacksmith-shop; they urged Miss Doc to start a candy-pull, a night-school, a dancing-class, and a game of blindman's-buff forthwith.

    Bruvver Jim's Baby

  • Then came the "candy-pull," and very _sweetly_ closed the day's festivities.

    The American Missionary — Volume 44, No. 01, January, 1890

  • She's been -- busy, this last week; but I had a note from her to-night, and she wants us all to come down there to-morrow afternoon for a candy-pull.

    In Blue Creek Cañon

  • Pamela was having a candy-pull down-stairs one night -- a grown-up candy-pull to which the boys were not expected.

    Mark Twain, a Biography. Complete

  • Kitty was telling something that had happened that afternoon at the candy-pull from which they were just returning.

    The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation

  • Once I went to see my grandmother in the country, and everybody had a candy-pull; there were twenty-five candy-pulls and taffy-bakes in that town that winter.

    The Wit of Women Fourth Edition

  • Various cakes and puddings appeared to attest the industry of the housekeepers; and on the only wet evening, when a wild thunder-gust was sweeping down the valley, they had a wonderful candy-pull, and made enough to give all the cow-boys a treat.

    Clover

  • "I've asked Grace and Lu and Ruth to come in after dinner, and we're going to have a candy-pull.

    The Governess

  • "And it rained so hard one night that what was to have been an informal dance was turned into an old-fashioned candy-pull.

    The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware

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  • Also called a taffy pull.

    https://pioneerthinking.com/old-fashioned-taffy-pull-party-how-to-host-your-own

    May 9, 2018

  • Sounds like a ye olde time get-together where people made candy:

    'Candy pulls or candy stews were popular in the 19th century. One definition, from A Dictionary of Slang...1897: "Candy-pull (American), a candypull is a party of both sexes at which molasses or sugar is boiled and pulled by two persons (whose hands are buttered) to give it proper consistency, and then mixed and pulled again, till it becomes true candy." As described puckishly in Puck, "The necessary materials and plant are a goodsized warm kitchen, a number of active young women, aged from fifteen upward, several dudes and non-dudes—none over twenty-five — a large supply of white aprons, a larger supply of table-napkins, a well-heated cooking-range, two or three copper stew-pans." Puck. NYC: March 6, 1884 '

    - http://www.angelfire.com/md3/openhearthcooking/aaCandypull2.html

    May 9, 2018