How To Make Yellow Man

How to make Yellowman

“Did you treat your Mary Anne to Yellow Man, at the Lammas Fair, O?” Lammas is the harvest festival celebrated in August and Yellow Man is a yellow, brittle toffee that is traditionally served at the Lammas Fair held in Co. Antrim.

Ingredients for Yellow Man

  • 1oz butter
  • 8oz brown sugar
  • 1 lb golden syrup
  • 1 dessertspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

How to make traditional Yellow Man

Melt the butter in a saucepan, and then add the sugar, golden syrup, water and vinegar.

Stir until all the ingredients are melted, then boil until the mixture reaches the ‘hard crack’ stage 290 degrees F. This can be tested by dropping a little of the mixture into cold water, leaving for a moment, and then picking it up between the finger and thumb. When the finger and thumb are separated, the thread formed between them should break sharply.

Stir in the bicarbonate of soda, when the mixture foams up pour onto a greased, heatproof tray, turning in the edges with a palette knife.

When cool enough to handle, pull with buttered hands until pale in colour.

When completely hardened, break into rough pieces and now your Yellow Man is ready to eat.

This article was first published on 24-07-2013 and last modified on 25-10-2015.

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Róisín Anraí
Róisín Anraí was born and raised in Ireland. She loves to travel in her spare time but also enjoys learning local history, telling ghost stories, and sharing her favorite Irish recipes. She has no problem telling stories with those who are willing to listen.Róisín is a regular contributor and author for