Salt Water Taffy by Carol Taylor.
Brilliant turquoise in colour, my fingers now sticky on my screen, sweet nothing on my tongue with a sort of fudge-like texture. Would I eat another?
The disappointment flooded over me when I realized it wasn’t a blueberry flavour.
But, instead, it invoked pictures in my memory of a hazy blue sea, sailboats, men in boaters, ladies in bloomers and those wonderful beach huts which are now so in vogue. Children running along with kites, donkey rides on the clean white sand. Ice Cream and Candyfloss
How one tiny rectangle of sweet stickiness could evoke long-forgotten memories of an idyllic childhood was truly amazing.
Long Live Salt Water Taffy.
What is salt Water Taffy then where did it originate?
No one really knows but a man called Joseph Fralinger who was a former glass blower and fish merchant from Atlantic City opened a small concession in the mid-1880’s selling lemonade. After taking over a taffy stand he began to perfect his own recipe for Taffy. An entrepreneur at heart he packed one pound oyster boxes with Salt Water Taffy and launched the first ” Atlantic City Souvenir” today this one pound box still remains the most popular souvenir.
Today there are over 155 flavours of Salt Water Taffy and not a drop of seawater in sight.
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