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Taffy – A Nostalgic Candy Sure to Spark Summertime Memories

Summer is the time of year for creating memories. After all, it’s when most of us plan our vacation – a time for some well deserved rest and relaxation with our family. No matter how old we are, we always seem to recall something from a vacation past.

One summertime memory for many of us is a vacation to the shore complete with the smell of the ocean, walks along the beach, and visiting the many shops that line the boardwalk. One shop that always catches the attention of passerby is the salt water taffy shop.

People line up at the big windows looking in as candy makers pull, roll, and wrap thousands of pieces of taffy a day. After watching it being made, there’s no chance you’re walking away without stopping in to buy a box or two.

Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy

Taffy has been around since the 1880’s with the “salt water” version originating in Atlantic City, NJ where it’s still made and enjoyed year round. There isn’t any difference between the two varieties other than the folklore surrounding how salt water taffy got its name.

Since the first piece of hand-made taffy was rolled over a century ago, major candy companies began to capitalize on the sweet treat. Today the most popular taffy brands are Laffy Taffy and Air Heads. Both offer tasty chews in a variety of flavors including grape, raspberry, cherry and one that may surprise you – banana!

Laffy Taffy Banana

Laffy Taffy Banana

While these brands of taffy may be more familiar with the younger generation, the older folks among us may remember some nostalgic candy that’s still being made – Bonomo Turkish Taffy.

Turkish Taffy isn’t truly taffy, it’s actually categorized as nougat. It’s also not from Turkey, it was originally made in Coney Island New York after World War II. However, it’s creator and founder of the Bonomo Company, immigrated to New York from Turkey, hence the connection.

Turkish Taffy was invented in 1912 and was sold in stores and candy counters throughout its run before the brand was purchased by Tootsie Roll in 1980. In 1989, the once popular taffy-hybrid was discontinued. But like many stories, this one too has a happy ending!

Bonomo Turkish Taffy

Bonomo Turkish Taffy

In 2010, the candy was brought back to life by the Bonomo Turkish Candy Company and has been manufacturing the classic candy in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and… you guess it – banana!

Since its reintroduction ten years ago, Turkish Taffy remains one of our most popular nostalgic treats in our lineup of classic candy.

While nothing can compare to freshly made taffy from one of those boardwalk candy stores, all of the taffy we sell is guaranteed to bring back some of those great summer time memories of those trips to the shore and peering into that window.

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