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May

National Taffy Day

Posted by Brittany

National Taffy DaySalt water taffy was created in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the late 1800s and has been a boardwalk staple ever since. Legend has it that a candy-store owner named David Bradley coined the name “salt water” taffy as a joke after his store was flooded with the Atlantic’s salty waters in 1883. True or not, salt water taffy quickly became popular and peddlers could be seen “pulling” the taffy mixture (taffy is composed of sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, butter, salt, and other flavors, and pulling it traps air which softens the confection). May 23rd is celebrated as National Taffy Day, a day to make or enjoy this sweet summertime treat.

When I was very little, before my family started taking our bi-annual trips to Walt Disney World, we used to go to the beach ever year. I loved building sand castles and lounging around with my parents and brother, but one thing I never really cared for was the salt water taffy that could be found in abundance. Chris, on the other hand, loves salt water taffy and can devour an entire box in the blink of an eye. Last year we vacationed in Hilton Head, North Carolina and we bought two boxes of taffy — one for Chris, and one to put out on the front desk at work. If I recall correctly, that second box never made it to the office.

To celebrate today’s sticky “unofficial” Chris and I stopped at the gas station on the way home and bought a couple sticks of Laffy Taffy, one in Strawberry (which Chris prefers), and one in Cherry (my favorite). The Laffy Taffy was gone in a matter of minutes, but we still didn’t feel like we’d truly celebrated National Taffy Day without making an effort to track down some salt water taffy. We made another stop at the local drug store but had no luck. So while I was at home making dinner, Chris made a quick trip down to a candy shop in Fredericksburg to get some salt water taffy. Of course, with his unyielding sweet tooth he ended up coming home with some other candy too. When we finished dinner I looked over and Chris had filled his plate with at least ten pieces of taffy! But better him than me — I ate my one obligatory piece and that was plenty in my opinion!

Tomorrow we’ll be foregoing the candy for a little footwork instead — it’s Scavenger Hunt Day!

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