Is Taffy Really Made With Salt Water?

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Salt water taffy doesn’t actually contain sea water. So how did it get its name?

No one knows for sure how salt water taffy got its name, but one legend holds that it came from David Bradley, who owned a candy store in the late 19th century.

The story goes that Bradley’s candy store became flooded during a major storm in 1883. His entire stock of taffy became soaked with seawater from the Atlantic Ocean, so he began to call it “salt water taffy” as a joke.

If you’ve ever seen taffy being made, you probably were fascinated by watching the taffy being pulled by a special machine. The pulling process is a critical part of making taffy.

Without pulling, taffy would be very hard. Pulling taffy aerates it by capturing tons of tiny air bubbles within the taffy. These air bubbles make the taffy softer & chewy.

Before special taffy-pulling machines were invented, candymakers would pull taffy with a simple hook attached to the wall. They would place a huge glob of taffy (10 to 25 pounds or more!) on the hook & then pull it five or six feet before folding it back on itself & throwing it back over the hook.

They would repeat this process – it was quite a workout! – over & over again until the taffy became soft & chewy.

No one knows for sure how many different flavors of taffy have been made. Since you can make taffy in just about any flavor, the answer would have to be in the hundreds.

Source:  https://wonderopolis.org

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Delicious Desserts for Diabetics

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Why Desserts for Diabetics Make Great Gifts

If someone on your gift giving list is watching what they eat or has issues with blood sugar yet has a penchant for sweets, you may be hesitant to present them with traditional confections. But you can still brighten their Valentine’s Day by sending them treats! At Wisconsin Dairyland Fudge, we understand that an occasional splurge is good for the soul & have developed desserts for those on restricted diets that are indistinguishable in taste from their sugar-laden counterparts. Here are a few of our favorites. 

1. Sugar Free, Low Carb Assorted Chocolates  – This assortment (pictured above) of our finest chocolates makes an excellent addition to the dessert table, as well as a thoughtful gift for those who appreciate high quality homemade sweets & need to keep blood sugar levels in mind. 

2. Sugar Free, Low Carb Plain Chocolate Fudge & Chocolate Nut Fudge – Conquer your chocolate craving without sacrificing your dieting needs. These creamy fudge varieties are additionally low in sodium & superb choices for guilt free snacking & after dinner treats. Nut fudge has the same delicious flavor as our plain chocolate, only walnuts have been added for more texture and crunch. 

3. Sugar Free Salt Water Taffy – These chewy morsels of assorted taffy flavors offer a sugarless option to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Wisconsin Dairyland Fudge offers several other sugar free options in-store as well for those who don’t want to cut sweets out of their diets completely. The Dairyland Fudge family has been crafting fine candy out of the purest, freshest ingredients available since 1962, ensuring that customers are getting generations of experience in each delicious bite.