Kitchen

Things We Love: Salt Water Taffy

There is nothing like the sweet taste of salt water taffy to remind me of New England Beaches in the summer.


Salt water taffy is something I remember from my childhood. I get nostalgic when I think of how my brother and I would beg my mother to go to the taffy and fudge shop in Cape Cod, when we stayed there every summer. There is something about that colorful box of assorted flavors and the sweet, soft candy, when it hits your mouth that is divine.

My husband Scott can eat through a box in no time. A few years ago, we came back from Rehoboth Beach, MD. I brought back 3 boxes of Dolle’s salt water taffy. My idea was for Scott and I each bring to work 1 box and then one for us. I opened the box and put out some to eat right away. When Scott cruised through the small bowl, I hid the rest. The next day I go into the kids room, where I had hid the rest of the box in a duffle bag under Emma’s bed, and I see the bag pulled out, unzipped and about 30 wax wrappers on the floor. Need I say more.

In our book, local candy and chocolate shops are the way to go. It’s important to support local businesses.

Our Favorite Salt Water Taffy Brands

Some of the best candy shops are listed below. This is not a huge list but it’s definitely a list of my East coast favorites. All of our top choices are amazing and ship nationwide. 1 assorted box can be 1 or 2 lbs. depending on the company and run anywhere from $10-20 depending on the size of the box.

Dolle’s Candyland in Rehoboth, MD. This where I got the box Scott stole out from under the bed.

Cabot Candy in Provencetown, MA

Kandy Korner in Hyannis, MA

James Candy in Atlantic City, NJ. Formerly, know as Frahlinger’s, this company has been in business since 1885 in Atlantic City, NJ.

Long after summer is over, this is a great way to remember your beach vacation. Order up a box and your family will go wild. There will not a piece left once you put it out to eat.

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