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National Taffy Day

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Taffy has been around since the 19th century. America calls it Taffy, over here in the United Kingdom we call it toffee.

With today being May 23rd 2019 – this tasty, chewy candy is celebrated all over America. Its become a staple in the American candy games and is loved by all who have tried it…if you haven’t tried it, please, do yourself a flavour! ( Carry on reading – we’ll give our favourite flavours for you to try).

So where does Taffy come from, you ask?

As we said, the candy has been around since the 1800’s and since then its been developed and modified time and time again to you the best possible tasting taffy there is.

The chewy rope, is a mixture of ingredients, mainly sugar and butter or some type of vegetable oil. The two ingredients are boiled together to create a very sticky substance. In years past, the taffy would then be stretched by hand. The process is labor intensive, and machines complete the process of pulling the taffy today.

Many consider Atlantic City, USA, to be the home of Taffy. Many tourists flock there after one thing, a great souvenir of Taffy.

Did you know…

taffy bite sized candy

Are you aware that ‘Salt Water Taffy’ is a thing? Nobody really understands why or how this came about, but the story we know is a good one. One stormy day, the seas were battering Atlantic City causing all sorts of flooding and damages. One good thing to come from this, however, is the ‘Salt Water Taffy’.

The story goes that after the storms died down, a young girl went in search for some Taffy. Everything in the shop was drenched in sea water. She asked the owner for some Taffy and he told her ‘go ahead, take some salt water taffy’. Turns out it was a huge hit with everyone and is now a staple flavour…of course, not made in the same way.

Modern Times

With Taffy being so popular and demand only increasing year after year, technology has had to try and keep up. There are hundreds of flavours, there’s seasonal flavors and designs too. Machinery now in place means that 1000 pieces are made every minute. That means every hour, enough is being produced to cover 1/3 of Atlantic City…

Take a look at our availability and varies on offer. Our personal favourites are ‘Blue Raspberry’ and ‘Mystery Swirl’.

For more information on taffy and our source, please visit:
https://candyfunhouse.ca/blogs/around-the-funhouse/secrets-facts-taffy

National Chocolate Chip Day – One for the diary.

These days it seems to have become a rarity that we find something that is loved universally. Yesterday marked ‘National Chocolate Chip Day’, we want to share with you the history and best loved snacks formed from Chocolate Chips.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

It seems to be a common pattern that the things we love most, we often were never looking for. This goes for chocolate chips also. Until the 1930’s, chocolate chips hadn’t had a thought conceived. This all changed in 1937, with thanks to Ruth Wakefield.

As the story goes, Ruth Wakefield, whilst baking in the Toll House Inn (Massachusetts), she wanted to melt chocolate into her cookies that she planned on serving. She soon realised that the chocolate was not melting as she intended – born was the chocolate chip and with it, the chocolate chip cookie!

Word spread like a wildfire about Ruth’s cookies, so much so that she was eventually approached by corporate companies! on this occasion, Nestle took the crown, and even put on their packaging the recipe that Ruth herself used. The name of these cookies? ‘Toll House’.

Toll house chocolate chip

Since 1937, choc chips have been used in almost every dessert created and with this have improved the majority along the way!

Chocolate chips are easily accessible and because of this, we challenge you to try and add them to each meal/snack as part of your day!

Ideas:

Breakfast – Chocolate chip pancakes

Afternoon Snack – Chocolate chip cookies

Dessert – Add to ice cream or even yoghurt!

Get creative and take advantage of all the different chocolate chips available…milk, dark, butterscotch, white, rainbow! You name it, it exists!

Take a look at our baking items and get inspired!

Here’s to you, Ruth!