National taffy day
May 23rd, 2012
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Pull out all the stops - May 23 is 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.

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  1. Daffy4Taffy

    My dentures are stuck together and I can't get them out of my mouth. Anyone have any ideas?

    May 23, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • JellyBean@Daffy4Taffy

      Sounds like a job for Chuck Norris.

      May 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply

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