Salt Water Taffy is truly the perfect candy. Not too hard, not too soft, and just the right taste no matter the flavor. But, have you ever wondered why it is called Salt Water Taffy?
Contrary to popular belief, Salt Water Taffy contains almost no salt or water, and, certainly not from the ocean. According to legend, the name arose as a result of a violent storm in 1883 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. During the 19th century, Atlantic City experienced a rapid growth period, in which multiple businesses soon dotted the crowded shoreline. By 1870, the first boardwalk was constructed to help the flow of foot traffic as well as to keep sand out of the numerous shops and hotels. This boardwalk was much lower and smaller than it is today and was nearly ineffective in hard storms. During one such storm in 1883, a local candy shop owned by David Bradley was flooded to the rim with sea water, soaking his entire supply of sweets. The next day, a young girl came to the shop to buy some taffy, to which David Bradley jokingly replied, “all I have is salt water taffy.” To his surprise, the girl bought some anyway and the name stuck.
Whatever the reason for calling it Salt Water Taffy, we are certainly glad that for this legend. It adds a bit of extra flavor to an already flavorful treat, especially in a salty ocean-side town like ours.
The NFL PLAYOFFS are around the corner. Our NFL Snack Pack will satisfy all of your taste buds. Our kettle corn has been the premier Kettle Corn of Naples offered at the 3rd street Farmers market for nearly 10 years. Our toasted pecan creation has been served for years as a snack or salad topping. We love toasted nuts. Even more, we love fresh toasted pecans with butter, lightly brushed with organic cane sugar, and a little spice of sea salt, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of cumin. Our recipe! The pecans come in spicy and mild - your choice. The NFL SNACK PACK would not be complete without our creative, local taffy. We have 24 flavors to fill those taffy bags. The tasters’ have selected the newest, creative, taffy flavors to be delicious.
Lavender Raspberry – made with organic lavender oil
Coffee Almond – Made with fresh brewed espresso
Holiday Bourbon – cooked with Kentucky barrel aged bourbon
Pirate’s Butter Rum – Island rum and butter brewed to 245 degrees and then pulled and wrapped
Irish Cream - Irish whiskey’s added as the liquid base
Crème d’mint – Minty and real crème d’mint
Chocolate Vanilla Swirl - Made with deep rich chocolate and a light vanilla swirl
Toasty Walnut - Remember the “Bit O’ Honey” taste. The sugar-toasted fresh walnuts cooked with a butter-based taffy has brought back the “Bit O’ Honey” memories.
Toasted Butter Pecan – Once again, we have toasted a favorite nut and added it to a butter-based taffy. Fabulous!
Parties are everywhere, and a little after dinner treat of taffy, packaged in a classy retro look, is perfect way to treat your guest. Our locally made candy includes fantastic flavors such as: "Holiday Bourbon", "Pirates Butter Rum", "Irish Creme" and "Creme d' Mint" Salt Water Taffy. Our taffy is a creative New Years Eve treat only in Naples Florida.