Old Fashioned Salt Water Taffy
Salt water taffy is a favorite candy from the 50's still made the old fashion way. Salt water taffy is the number one selling taffy in America. Each 1 pound bag has over 70 pieces of taffy that will just melt in your mouth in assorted flavors. Each piece is wrapped in the same old fashion wax paper twisted on each end.
Flavors included are : Blue Raspberry, Caramel Apple, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Licorice, Neapolitan, Orange/Vanilla, Peppermint, Rum And Strawberry/Bannana.
These are great for 50's party favors, bridal showers, baby showers and wedding favors as they are all pastel colors.
If you are a taffy lover don't for get to try our other nostalgic taffy. B B Bats, Laffy Taffy, Flip sticks the old fashioned lipstick, giant flat taffy or sugar daddy suckers.
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Salt Water Taffy History|
Salt water taffy was discovered by accident. In 1883 Mr. David Bradley's candy shop was flooded by a major storm. All of is taffy was soaked with salted water from the Atlantic Ocean. A child came into the store looking for taffy; Mr. Bradley said all he had was
"salt water taffy" the child was very happy to purchase it. Mrs. Bradley, David's mother, heard him tell this to the child and immediately fell in love with the new name and before long salt water taffy was born.
Over the years this taffy was changed making it less sticky, it was wrapped in a wax paper type wrapping making it easier to be removed and was also cut into smaller pieces.
How is salt water taffy made?
The original process for making salt water taffy is over 100 years old and was made my hand by taffy pullers. 25 pounds of taffy would be hung on hooks and allowed to stretch, once the taffy reached about 6 feet it would start to fall off the hooks. It was then placed back on the hook; this process is completed many times. The puller would listen for a slap like noise keeping the taffy soft and less sticky. When walking down boardwalk or along many beaches you could watch this being made. It was enjoyed by many vacationers and often bought to take some home with them.
Today with modern manufacturing the methods have changed. This taffy is now cooked in large kettle of either copper or stainless steel, then vacuum cooked a second time. Machines now do the pulling, cutting and packaging allowing companies to produce 1,000 pieces of taffy a minute.
Salt Water Taffy Recipe:
Did you know you can make your own salt water taffy? This is a great activity to do with your kids or at a birthday party. There are many different recipes out there, this is one I tried a few years ago.
You will need
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup light Corn Syrup
2/3 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla (or what ever flavor you want peppermint, lemon etc.)
3 drops food coloring (optional)
A square pan 8X8X2
Mix sugar, corn syrup, water, cornstarch, butter and salt in a 2 quart saucepan. Heat to boiling and stir continuously. Then cook without stirring till your mixture reaches 256 degrees.
Then remove your mixture from the heat and add flavoring and coloring, once mixed pour into your pan. When the taffy is cool enough to handle, pull it until it is shiny, light in color and stiff. Pull the taffy into long strips about 1/2 inch wide. Cut the strip into pieces with a scissor. Finally wrap the pieces individually waxed paper and twist the ends to hold its shape.
Taffy mixture can be cooked between 250 and 270 degrees. The lower the temperature the chewier the candy, and the higher the heat the more brittle the candy. When cutting your taffy use a greased scissors or knife.