Salt Water Taffy
June 11, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Back in the late 19th century, a candy shop in Atlantic City, NJ was flooded, and all of the shop’s taffy was soaked with salty ocean water. The legend that stuck has the shop owner making the best of a bad situation by offering his customers “salt water taffy,” and they quite literally ate it up. So while you’ll usually find this treat on boardwalks and around beaches, it isn’t made with salt water.
It is, however, usually made with all kinds of artificial flavors and colors. But not at Trader Joe’s. Ours is made with naturally-derived flavors and colors, and without artificial preservatives of any kind. Each seven ounce bag of Trader Joe’s Salt Water Taffy contains five flavors: cherry, strawberry banana, red licorice, sour apple, and watermelon. The flavors are bright and cheery, like a summer day at the beach. And the price of $1.99 a bag is, well, legendary.