Salt Water Taffy

by lydia sabanish

Who invented salt water taffy?

David Bradley, a candy store owner. He came over this discovery when his store flooded in 1883.

What is salt water taffy?

Salt water taffy is a type of candy/taffy that is generally made with fresh salt water.

When was it made?

It was made in 1883 in a flooded candy store.

Where was it invented?

It was invented in a flooded candy store/stand on the Atlantic city boardwalk.

Why was it made?

Salt water taffy was actually made on accident! When David Bradley's candy shop flooded and his whole taffy stock was soaked by the salt water.

How is it made?

"1 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
2/3 cup corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine sugar and cornstarch, put into a saucepan, and add corn syrup, butter, and water.

Stir until boiling point is reached, and boil until mixture reaches 256°F or until a small portion forms a ball when tested in cold water.

Add salt, pour onto a greased slab and allow to cool slightly until the mixture can be handled. Pull until light in color.

Divide into separate portions, and color and flavor each portion as desired, while it is being pulled.

Lemon, orange, peppermint, lime, strawberry, or pineapple flavors may be used, and pink, green, yellow or orange color pastes. (Don't use too much color - the candies are usually quite pale and pastel in tint).

To make red striped kisses, have one portion of candy brightly colored red and let warm near the oven. Lay the large piece of pulled taffy on the marble slab. On the upper side, lay two or three parallel strips of red taffy; turn the piece over and lay two or three read strips on that side.

Pull out until 1 1/2 inches wide and 3/4 of an inch thick. Cut into pieces with a scissors and wrap in wax paper. Twist ends of paper to seal."