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Wockenfuss Candies: The Science Behind Salty and Sweet

salty and sweet candies

Mixing salty and sweet flavors can create the perfect blend, and we love to utilize it at Wockenfuss Candies.

One day long, long ago, a famous pretzel maker fell in love with the world’s finest chocolatier. When the happy pair set out to build a life together, their romance hit a snag. Both were deeply dedicated to their culinary crafts, but spending so much time laboring separately was taking a toll on their young love. Then they had a thought. Why not combine our talents? The plan seemed risky and was likely to fail. Savory and sweet could not possibly be destined to last, but it was worth a try. It was magic at first dip, and they never looked back. To this day, the perfect pairing of salty and sweet lives on as a legacy of their love.

The sweet story of this harmonious blend probably didn’t quite happen like this, but we like to pretend it did. In real life, the secret behind one of everyone’s favorite combinations has a lot to do with science. Next time you take a sinful bite of Wockenfuss Candies sea salt caramel chocolates, think about what’s happening behind the scenes.

The Real Story

Every time you indulge on a salty sweet delight like sea salt caramel popcorn, a lot more is happening in your mouth than you may know. Your tongue is absolutely covered in taste buds, and each one is capable of translating all of the five taste groups. Our mouths register food as bitter, sour, sweet, salty, or umami for very specific reasons. We need sweetness to encourage us to eat the carbohydrates that power our bodies. We need saltiness to ensure that we are taking in the right vitamins and minerals. We need sourness and bitterness to prevent us from eating potentially harmful foods. That’s how taste works.

The key to understanding the delightful pairing of salty and sweet is understanding salt more intimately. In the culinary world, salt is a flavor enhancer. So, when you pop a delightful chocolate crispy pretzel bit into your mouth, your brain revels in your body’s ability to stay healthy, and this is enhanced as the salt amps up the enjoyable flavor of sweetness.

Another important concept to consider is the idea that too much of a good thing is actually a bad thing. When you inundate your taste buds with too much of one type of flavor, your body reaches its quota and no longer begs for it. When you mix salty and sweet, your taste buds aren’t able to differentiate, and never lose their taste for the delightful combo.

Wockenfuss Candies

At Wockenfuss Candies, we love to give you exactly what your taste buds desire. Delight in some salty sweet combinations at any of our locations, or order your favorites online.

If you have any questions about our sweets, 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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!


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