It's fun and easy to make your own salt water taffy. Enjoy our recipes below or submit your favorites!
Welcome to SaltWaterTaffy.co, your source for information and recipes on this most stickily delicious candy! What exactly is salt water taffy? Salt water taffy is a chewy, soft taffy originally popularized near Atlantic City, NJ sometime around the end of the 1800's. This traditional taffy is still very popular to the present-day, and can be found everywhere along the boardwalks of Atlantic City, including from a few vendors that can be practically traced right back to the origins of the candy itself. The great thing about salt water taffy, however, is that the recipes are generally easy to make. In the summer months, nothing gives the kids in your family quite the excitement of having an old-fashioned taffy pull right in your backyard! A taffy pull is also a fun activity during birthday parties or summer bbq's.
Salt water taffy is composed of sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, glycerine, water, butter, salt and food coloring. Flavorings can be added as well, with popular additions being vanilla, maple, mint, orange, lemon and lime. As you can see from above though, the taffy has no ingredient labelled "salt water" or "seawater". However, it does contain both salt AND water. But, alas, despite the name, there's nothing about salt water taffy that originates from the sea itself!
Originally, taffy was cooked in large copper kettles over hot coal fires. After the cook was complete, then the confection was cooled on cool marble slabs, and thrust over a substantial hook on the wall and then pulled toward the user, then being thrust back over the hook time and time again. This "pulling" of the taffy adds air to the cooked syrupy mass, and it's what ends up giving the ttaffy the chewy texture we all know and love. After enough air has been introduced, and we'll share more on the "how'to's" in each recipe, the taffy is then hand-rolled on marble or wooden tables into an approximately 1/4" to 1/2" long snake-like shape, and is then cut into 2" lengths with a sturdy pair of scissors. For a wrapper, the taffy receives the classic wax paper twist.
Take a look at the menu to the left. There you can see we have featured 26 tested salt water taffy recipes for your enjoyment. We also love to receive your submissions so if you have any handy tips or pointers of family-favorite recipes, we would love to receive them and feature them on our site. Don't hesitate to be in touch via our contact form and send along your thoughts!