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Monthly Archives: July 2014

  • Salt Water Taffy Makes a Splash by Becoming NJ’s Official State Candy

    New Jersey natives won’t be surprised to hear that one of their favorite sweets has moved from traditional treat to official state candy of their beloved home state. Natively found on the boardwalks of NJ’s many beaches, Salt Water Taffy has been a delicious delicacy that originated from the shores of the east coast state over a hundred years ago. For many, the assorted flavors of sticky, chewy candy represents youthful memories or a nostalgic retreat to days filled with sun and sand. Perhaps that is why a group of 70 fifth-graders from Sayreville’s Samsel Upper Elementary School banded together to petition that the treat receive the attention it rightly deserves.

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    On Saturday, June 5th, student representative Tyler Graham informed State Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) that selecting a representative candy for the state could help bring more business to boardwalks that are still recovering after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. By highlighting the local candy as the primary treat of the entire state, there is a strong chance that interest and curiosity will develop amongst other neighboring locations. Those interested in getting a taste of the Garden State will be more likely to order the candy due to its new title, thus increasing revenue for shops still trying to find steady ground financially after the natural disaster.

    As one of the major providers of Salt Water Taffy in the United States, James Candy is pleased to hear that our state’s favorite sweet may help attract attention to those in need. For over a century, NJ natives have enjoyed the sweet and chewy sensation as their own. Now, several other states will get to share in the wonderful snack with a fabled history that originates on our very shores. Join us in celebrating the new status of Salt Water Taffy by picking up and enjoying your own favorite flavor today!

  • 3 Desserts to Make with Your Leftover Fudge

    Most people consider salt-water taffy to be the staple sweet of Atlantic City, but there are plenty of other confections that people love when they're at the shore. Some chocolate lovers may be happy with the occasional bar or brick, but others need to go above and beyond to satisfy their chocolate cravings. When you're looking for something chocolate and sweet, there's nothing like old fashioned chocolate fudge to hit the spot. The flavor and texture alone are enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, but the real beauty of fudge is its versatility. We dare you to find a dessert that couldn't be improved by adding some fudge to it. Feel free to eat your fudge as is, but if you want to take a walk on the wild side, you may want to try out a few of these recipes.

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     Chocolate chip cookies with fudge

    There's nothing like a nice old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie. Everyone has their own favorite recipe they like to use, but you could tweak your old standby to really make something tasty and unique. If you want to experience your fudge in a new way, substitute your chocolate chips with pieces of fudge (or, if you're feeling adventurous, do half fudge and half chocolate chunks). Simply cut your fudge into chip size bits and you'll be ready to experience a new twist on your favorite cookie.

    Fudge cheesecake

    Cheesecake looks really complicated, but is actually a relatively simple dish to make. As long as you have a good mixer, cream cheese, sugar, condensed milk, and maybe some vanilla or lemon zest to spice things up, you can easily make a cheesecake. If you like having chunks of chocolate with your cheesecake, simply break your fudge up into smaller pieces and add it into the cheesecake mix. If you want to make a rich chocolate cheesecake, use a double boiler and some butter to melt down the fudge until it has a good consistency for mixing.

    Fudge Brownies

    Everyone needs at least one good brownie recipe they can whip up in a flash. If you want to make your next batch of brownies stand out from the rest, you should use some of your fudge to spice things up. As with the cheesecake, you have two ways to incorporate the fudge with the brownies: you could simply break up your fudge into small pieces and mix them in with the batter, or you could melt down your fudge and stir it in.

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