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Salt Water Taffy: How a Summertime Classic is Made

Wockenfuss Candies salt water taffy

Most salt water taffy recipes consist of sugar, water, corn syrup, oil, salt, flavorings, and coloring agents. Once combined, these ingredients are pulled and stretched to create the texture.

Although the official first day of summer is over a month away, folks across America are enjoying more and more days of warm weather. Few things say “summertime” quite like salt water taffy. Each bite combines whimsical colors, bold flavors, and the treat’s signature chewy texture. How do confectioners encapsulate the flavors and sense memories of summer into individually-wrapped bites of chewy deliciousness? Grab a handful of your favorite salt water taffy from Wockenfuss and keep reading to learn more!

What is Salt Water Taffy?

The process of making water taffy is truly transformative. Finished taffy looks nothing at all like the ingredients used to make it. Most recipes consist of sugar, water, corn syrup, oil, salt, flavorings, and coloring agents. Once combined, these ingredients are pulled and stretched to create salt water taffy’s trademark light and chewy texture. Stretching or pulling taffy can be done with a machine or by hand, and this crucial step incorporates air into the candy.

Why is Salt Water Taffy Associated with Summertime?

When many people think of salt water taffy, their minds conjure scenes of hot summer days, nights at the boardwalk, and carefree times of childlike whimsy and fun. This confection seems to be closely linked to summer fun and beach trips, but why is this so? For starters, salt water taffy is purported to have gotten its start in the late 1800s along the New Jersey shore. From there, the treat gained popularity on boardwalks and in beach towns throughout the United States. Salt water taffy can be enjoyed anywhere, from Ocean City and Atlantic City to Omaha and Albuquerque, but it will always be associated with East Coast beach towns and the summer tourism that fueled the candy’s original popularity. 

Enjoy Classic Flavors from Wockenfuss

One of the most appealing aspects of salt water taffy is the massive range of flavors and colors out there. Taffy takes on flavors extraordinarily well, giving confectioners free rein when it comes to devising different flavor combinations. Wockenfuss offers classic flavors as well as taffy with a twist! Choose from time-honored favorites like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, or try something exciting like our chocolate strawberry or chocolate peanut butter flavors. Whether your tastes skew fruity, minty, or chocolatey, Wockenfuss has the perfect sweet treats to help you swing into summer! 

A Wide Selection of Delicious Treats from Wockenfuss Candies

Head to and browse our wide selection of chocolates and candies; we promise you won’t be disappointed! Wockenfuss Candies is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. We opened our doors in 1915 and have proudly served the people of Baltimore ever since. If you have any questions about our wide selection of chocolates, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!


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