Salt water taffy feels like such a summery candy to us. (Also, take a guess as to what we just got in. ;) ) It stays soft, the colors are bright and cheery, the flavors feel like how summer would taste (you know, if it had a taste); and, quite simply, taffy makes us feel cheery! The stuff has been around for forever, after getting its start along the Jersey Shore in the 1880’s. (It’s still widely sold along the boardwalks in Atlantic City–including at some of the shops that have been around since the beginning.) Salt Water Taffy doesn’t actually contain salt water (this was slightly disappointing to us, for some reason). The tale behind the name, is based on the the story that in 1883, a storm hit the boardwalk and flooded some of the businesses with the salty sea water. One of the business owners, David Bradley, jokingly told a little girl who had come, looking for a treat, that all he had was salt water taffy–the name just stuck from there out.
The process of making taffy takes a good deal of work, and even some manual labor. (Aka: muscles.) We found a great video that shows a traditional way of making the taffy as demonstrated by a mustached man with a nice accent. Check it out… (It’s a bit long, we skimmed through a tad…it’s okay.)
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are definitely ways to make taffy at home.
Here’s a fun sounding recipe for Kool-Aid taffy:
And, here’s one for a bit more traditional salt water taffy:
(If you’ve made taffy before, or try either of these–let us know how it worked, and what kind of tips you have. We’ve always been too chicken to try it ourselves.)
If you’re not up to make some on your own–stop in. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite, summery, flavors to keep on our shelves. Each piece is a dime–so, you can try them all for under a dollar. (And, then buy lots of your favorites for two dollars.)