National Taffy Day
annually on May 23rd
Food & Drink
Snacks & Desserts
Taffy, a light, fluffy, and chewy candy, is enjoyed today on National Taffy Day. It is made by boiling a number of ingredients—often sugar, molasses, corn syrup, water, vegetable oil, and butter, along with other flavorings and colorings. Commercial taffy mainly consists of corn syrup, glycerin, and butter. The sticky and soft candy mixture is pulled and stretched, then folded back over itself, before being stretched again until it becomes fluffy from aeration. It is rolled, cut into small pieces, and wrapped in wax paper. Common flavors are molasses and fruit. Classic taffy, which is unflavored, is also popular.
Taffy was invented in the United States and dates to the early nineteenth century. The most common taffy is saltwater taffy, which originated in Atlantic City in the 1880s. It may have gotten its name from the small amount of salt water it is said to have contained, but there is none in it today, although it does contain salt and water. Other common ingredients are sugar, corn syrup, cornstarch, butter, glycerine, flavorings, and colorings.
How to Observe National Taffy Day
Celebrate by eating taffy! You could make your own or pick some up. Perhaps you could even buy some salt water taffy in Atlantic City, at Fralinger's or James Candy Company, two shops dating to the nineteenth century. If you're feeling especially festive, organize and host a taffy pull party.