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National Taffy Day

Posted by on May. 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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National taffy day

One of America’s oldest candies has a mildly misleading name - there’s actually no salt water in taffy. Rumor has it, this common misconception started after a candy company on Atlantic City’s boardwalk flooded with sea water. All the candy maker had left to sell was, quite literally, salt-water soaked taffy. The name stuck, much like the candy sticks to your teeth.

It’s not certain who started making this chewy treat, but most credit New Jersey native Joseph Fralinger with popularizing it. Humble beginnings of molasses and vanilla flavors have exploded into almost every flavor imaginable.

The candy is made my melting sugar, water, butter and some stabilizers (like cornstarch) and then pulling the final product into long strands. Pulling the taffy aerates it which gives the sticky treat its chewiness and a lustrous shine.

by on May. 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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Noni2319
by Chrissy on May. 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Happy Taffy Day!

Stevied13
by Steph on May. 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM
I love taffy!
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stellarmom1
by Becca on May. 23, 2012 at 8:44 PM
Yum! I can't remember the last time I had taffy
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Family4Eternity
by on May. 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM

 I love taffy!! Now I have to get some to celebrate with. lol

Shani527
by Shannon on May. 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I like it too

SammiBaby
by on May. 24, 2012 at 11:07 PM

ooooh Salt Water Taffy! When I'm able to eat some more solid foods I'm going to pick some up at the grocery store.

AmosFarkle
by on May. 25, 2012 at 7:06 AM

.....there go my teeth.  lol

RADmomma
by Sara on May. 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

DH LOVES taffy.

Back home there are salt water taffy shops all over the place. little road side shops with cool flavors.

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