Saturday, September 25, 2004

Salt water taffy

Carrie and I were down in Seaside Heights last weekend. We went for a nice walk on the boardwalk in the morning, before most of the attractions were open. One place that was open was Berkeley Sweet Shop, where we picked up a few pieces of salt water taffy, a treat neither of us had had in a long time. My favorite flavor was root beer, but all of the others I tried (lemon, lime, banana, peanut butter) were good, too. If you've never had it, it's a chewy, creamy, stretchy candy infused with a variety of flavors. It comes in two shapes, a thick oval disk and a long, skinny tube. It's found in beach towns around the United States.

Curious about where salt water taffy comes from, I did a little searching and found this brief, somewhat incomplete history. Turns out, there's no salt water, and the name came along later than the food itself. Go figure!

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