My sweet tooth is making me crazy today! As soon as I realized that it is National Taffy Day...all I can think about is going to Gatlinburg and getting a big box of freshly pulled taffy!
Ever wondered about the history of taffy? Well...here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:
"Taffy or chews, are a type of chewy candy, similar to toffee. Taffy is often sold alongside bubblegum and candy. Taffy is made by stretching or pulling a sticky mass of boiled sugar, butter or vegetable oil, flavorings, and coloring until fluffy. When this process is complete, the taffy is rolled, cut into small pastel-coloured pieces and wrapped in wax paper to keep it soft. It usually has a fruity flavor, but other flavors are common as well, including molasses and the classic unflavored taffy.
Salt water taffy was a noted invention of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and became a common souvenir of many coastal resort towns. Modern commercial taffy is made primarily from cor syrup, glycerin and butter. The pulling process, which makes the candy lighter and chewier, consists of stretching out the mixture, folding it over and stretching it out again. Although it is called "salt water" taffy, it does not include any salt water in its manufacture at all. In the nearby Philadelphia regional dialect, the term "taffy" without "salt water" before it often refers to a lollypop or sucker.
In the United Kingdom, taffy candies are called chews. They are shaped pieces of candy very similar to soft toffee but without the caramel flavouring, and can be found in the form of popular brands such as Chewits or Starburst and Laffy Taffy.
Caramel candies are sometimes referred to as taffy (taffy apples), but are very different from common salt water taffy."
Smoky Mountain Taffy Logs are some of my favorite...and I'd trade my shoes right now for some of the peaunt butter taffy logs from downtown Gatlinburg!
ROAD TRIP this weekend???!!!