There is still plenty of summer left despite the imminence of Labor Day. In fact, I have not even been on my traditional summer vacation yet. It is coming up in a couple of weeks when I head to the lovely Cape Cod town of Wellfleet, and I can’t wait.
One thing that is sure to happen while I am on vacation is a visit to a seaside candy shop or two. You know the kind – plenty of freshly made fudge, “penny” candy and of course, saltwater taffy. There is something about saltwater taffy that screams summer. I have great memories of being a small child and watching the big taffy pulling machines working their magic.
My nostalgia for taffy is what attracted me to saltwater taffy of Salty Road, a New York-based company that is making the stuff for a new generation.
About The saltwater taffy of Salty Road : “Salty Road was born in late June 2011. Friends had opened an organic produce stand near the beach in Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, and had the idea to make some really good quality salt water taffy to sell on the boardwalk. Since I had been working as a candy maker at Liddabit Sweets, I decided to make it for them to sell. I had been warned about making taffy by hand– it was really laborious what with all the hand stretching, cutting and wrapping. But it was love at first pull. The taffy I was making was different than any other I had tasted before. The taffy was softer, almost airy, creamy like a milkshake with a distinct salt crystal crunch and a true vanilla flavor achieved by adding real vanilla bean. Even though it’s not pulled by hand anymore (thank god!) the taffy still has that fresh homemade taste and is hand cut and wrapped!”
I like these newer entrepreneurs that are reviving and continuing great traditions, like making taffy and keeping the memory of summer alive all year long.
Visit the online store of Salty Road here.