Salt Water Taffy

By Morgan Hays

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When and where was it created?

It was created in 1880's. It originated in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Who made it?

Joseph Fraliger popularized the candy by boxing it and selling it.

What is Salt Water Taffy?

Salt water taffy is composed of sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, glycerin, water, butter, natural and/artificial flower and food color.

Why was it made?

The most popular explanation is, a taffy shop owned by David Bradley was flooded in 1883, all the taffy had been soaked in ocean salty water. A young girl came in and asked if he was selling ant taffy. Mr. Bradley jokingly offered her "salt water taffy". After sampling a piece, the young girl proudly purchased the candy and went and showed all of her friends and when people overheard about it they had to try it.

How was it first made?

It was first cooked in copper kettles over open coal fires, cooled on marble slabs, and pulled on a large hook on the wall.