Beach Treats

Beach Treats

When I was growing up, my family would spent some time every summer at the Jersey shore. Living in Philly, the beach was about a two-hour drive. My grandparents had a place in Cape May, and they nicely let us use it. (A post for another day will be all of the Victorian houses there, some of which you can tour. So much fun!).

As the calendar gets closer to Summer (I’ve been in countdown mode since Christmas), I always check for beach weekends so I can get at least one dose of Vitamin Sea. Days at the beach are one of my most favorite things. I’m definitely a summer baby. Give me sun, sand, and salt water, and I’m a happy girl.

I’m also a giant baby, so the amusement rides at the boardwalk (we usually would drive to Wildwood) weren’t my favorite thing. But going to the boardwalk meant we got to have a special, once-a-year treat: salt water taffy.

(photo credit: Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy: https://shrivers.com/)

I grew up thinking that salt water taffy was a Jersey shore thing. But apparently it is a coastal thing (and like everything else, you can buy it online if you can’t get to the beach. I’ll link to some places at the end of the post). The story goes that it originated Atlantic City, New Jersey with a man named David Bradley. He had a taffy stand on the boardwalk, and it was damaged during a bad coastal storm in 1883. The next morning, he was in a bad mood about the damage, so when a little girl asked for some taffy, he sarcastically called it “salt water taffy”. The catchy phrase stuck, and “Salt Water Taffy” was born.

Salt water taffy doesn’t have ocean water in it. I’m sort of sad about that… (It actually has hardly any water at all, and only certain flavors use a bit of salt).

And it doesn’t taste salty either. I guess the closest thing I can compare them to are Starbursts. But these are better. Way better. Promise. (That may be my nostalgia talking, but hey…)

Traditional Flavors include: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Grape, Peanut Butter, Licorice, Banana, Molasses, Molasses Mint, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Teaberry, Spearmint, and Cinnamon.

(photo credit: James’s Candy. https://www.jamescandy.com/)

Even now, the sight of the box instantly transports me back to lazy, sunny, carefree days and the magic of summer. My grown-up self appreciates that they now make sugar-free versions too.

(photo credit: James’s Candy. https://www.jamescandy.com/)

A few places you can get it (that will also ship it to your door):

Shriver’s in Ocean City, NJ and James’ Candy Company in Atlantic City, NJ.

Let me know if you’ve tried it, like it, or what’s your favorite beach food (vacation food).

Not so patiently waiting for summer,