It’s official finally, the Saltwater Taffy was introduced by a vote of legislature on June 16th as the official State candy.
According to the Cape May County Herald: “the treat was created after salt water from a storm damaged the taffy supply of Atlantic City candy maker David Bradley, who, at the request of a customer, sold the first salt water taffy and made the accidental creation a household name.According to local legend,the treat was created after salt water from a storm damaged the taffy supply of Atlantic City candy maker David Bradley, who, at the request of a customer, sold the first salt water taffy and made the accidental creation a household name.”
Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, with the development of shore communities, confectioners Enoch James, Joseph Fralinger, and William Shriver founded the world-famous James Candy Company, Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy, and Shriver’s.
For many, salivating about saltwater taffy, conjures up all kinds of thoughts and memories. Family vacations are incomplete without a trip to the fudge store or bringing home a box of taffy for friends. In our family it was a mandate that even a day trip to the Jersey Shore required returning home with a box of saltwater taffy.
I once attended a social media conference in Princeton and arrived with three boxes of taffy. It was well received.
What are your favorite flavors? Where do you get your saltwater taffy from? Do you have a favorite saltwater taffy memory?
Whenever we went to the UK for Bird Fair, Joe Bogle would generously give us mounds of it for our booth. Everyone had to try it & they were amazed at our local “sweet”. My favorite – teaberry !
They do get people’s attention Marleen don’t they? Did you see the Plover blog I posted? Interesting comments.
I prefer the taffy from Fralingers. The black licorice and root beer are my favorite. We just returned from a wonderful week in cape may and it is sad looking at our bags of taffy.