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  • Winter is here, but so is Summer!

    Winter is here and normally that means lots of snow and frigid weather.  This year our winter has been fortunately temperate (knock on wood) and it has been far more enjoyable than last year.  Winter also means another thing to us food aficionados; it means winter candy!  At first you may just be thinking candy canes, but there’s so much more to winter candy than just candy canes!

    There are mints, cookies, fudge, winter chocolates and so much more!  The winter is also a great time for indoor activities like building a gingerbread house and baking.  While it’s cold outside you can be snug inside as your oven bakes that delicious batch of cookies for you, and you can enjoy the warmth as you create a scrumptious gingerbread house.  Winter is also a great time to sit and chow down on those delicious candied almonds, pecans and other nuts.  One of the best things to do in winter is melting fudge in the microwave, which you can then drizzle over a bowl of ice cream or anything else that fills your imagination.

    With so much variety available, one can sometimes wonder where to best begin with candy in the winter.  However, some folks never want summer to end, and so for them they decide that salt water taffy should be their candy of choice.  Even though taffy is traditionally thought of as a summer candy, it too can be enjoyed in the heart of winter.  Buying and eating taffy year round helps many people remember the summer and their fond memories of that time of year.  The wonderful thing nowadays is that all of these delicious candies are available to us year round.  In decades before, if summer was really your season and taffy your candy, you may have to wait a long time between summers.

    Fortunately for us candy lovers, whether you’re looking for one of those sweet winter candies or salt water taffy, places like James Candy now offer all of it to us all year round.  Thanks to the advent of the internet and online ordering, those of us who long for the warm summer days can be reminded of them as we eat our taffy and stay warm in our house.  So be sure to take full advantage of these modern conveniences and make your favorite candy your own winter candy.

  • Keeping Candy Kosher

    kosherIt’s almost like a fact of life – everyone has a sweet tooth, no matter their backgrounds or beliefs! That’s why Kosher candy is becoming a more sought-after commodity than you may think. To give you some background on the term Kosher or Kosher foods, it’s a religious regulation of Jewish dietary law.

    According to a Pew Research report, they find there are about 5.3 million who follow the Jewish religion and Kosher regulations in the United States. This type of food diet regulation has to fit certain aspects to be labeled as Kosher and finding foods that can be deemed Kosher can sometimes be difficult. However, when things like candy can become Kosher, the worlds of your taste buds can experience a delicious treat!

    One of the best things of running a candy company is letting everyone get a little taste and that means finding practices that allows just that! James Candy Company doesn’t want to let anyone miss out on beloved treats like salt water taffy, chocolates, caramel chews or anything else for that matter which is why they are proud to serve a huge assortment of Kosher Candy. And one of the best things about Kosher Candy is that it’s still derived from the best ingredients around.

    Staying within religious dietary guidelines can sometimes make it a little harder to get that food you love but with Kosher Candy, everything can be a little sweeter. James Candy has treats like Kosher salt water taffy, Kosher chocolates, Kosher non-pariels and so much more. It’s easy to stay true to a Kosher diet while enjoying Kosher candy from James Candy. Every consideration and requirement is taken to produce the best kosher candy out there and the best part is, you don’t have to follow the Kosher diet to get a piece of Kosher candy. So if you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth but must follow Kosher food regulations, let James Candy be your number one candy shop!

  • A Sweet Holiday Tradition

    Every year, the holidays are filled with family, fun and sweet treats! From candied apples to salt water taffy to candy canes - there are just so many sweet traditions that have interesting backgrounds. Check out this reference guide to learn more about some of your favorite holiday treats!

    A Sweet Holiday Tradition

  • Different Uses For Holiday Candy

    ginger bread houseThe holiday season is in full swing and that means your sweet tooth might be craving a few pieces of candy between now and the New Year! With that being said, holiday candy is definitely hot seller because it can be used in variety of ways that can bring on some much needed holiday cheer! If you are looking for some fun ways to use holiday candy this year, check out this ultimate reference guide to steer you in the right direction


    Giving the gift of candy might be one of the most versatile options around! Who doesn’t love some sweets? Candy is the perfect way to give a little something to someone special and doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get. If you have a lot of people on your gift giving list this year, candy is the economical and tasty way to show some appreciated thought. With an almost limitless way to display and give candy, you have so many creative options to gift it! For example, you could place candy in a decorative holiday baggie, put together a beautiful candy basket or conceal it in wrapping paper.

    Holiday candy can also be used a nostalgic gift because certain candies may remind people of their favorite past time or memory. Think of the shore for this one! The boardwalk is home to the best salt water taffy around and gifting that candy will remind anyone of a warm summer’s day at the beach.

    Stocking Stuffers

    Nothing says Christmas like a stocking so filling that stocking with a handful of candy would please anyone! Whether the stocking is for you, your family or friends, popping in a few pieces of candy will definitely light up some faces. You could put different candies in different stockings like fudge, chocolate covered pretzels, caramels and more

    Ginger Bread Houses

    Sparking your inner architect is always fun when making ginger bread houses! You can easily incorporate holiday candies by decorating the exterior of the ginger bread house with all types of candies. It’s quite easy – all you have to do is grab some extra icing and dab some on the candy to make it act like a glue. Place the candy all over the little house to add some color and bite sized snacks! Once your ginger bread house is complete, put it on display but don’t be surprised if your little decorations go missing.


    Using holiday candy in desserts goes hand-in-hand with a ginger bread house because it’s something that will make everyone’s mouth water. If you are making a dessert for a holiday party, consider decorating the dessert with candy. For example, if you bake a cake, top the cake with pieces of non-pariels for an added crunch or chocolate covered cordial cherries for a fruity punch.

    Getting a little creative with candy can go a long way and definitely impress family and friends! So make sure when you go through your holiday list, think of amazing ways to incorporate a little bit of sweetness into every gift, dessert and special moment.

  • 10 Creative Ways To Use Candy This Fall

    Check out this reference guide to find the most creative ways to use candy this fall. From salt water taffy to chocolate covered macaroons, everyone's sweet tooth will love it!


  • Understanding The Many Flavors of James' Candy & Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy: Specialty

    James' Candy and Fralinger's are world famous candy makers and have flavors of salt water taffy everyone can enjoy. Check out this reference guide to learn about the specialty flavors they have to offer!


  • Understanding The Many Flavors of James' Candy & Franlinger's Salt Water Taffy: Spices

    James' Candy and Franlinger's Salt Water Taffy come in an assortment of flavors. Check out the different spices below!


  • Candy, Your Senses and Psychology

    What was your favorite childhood candy growing up? Was it taffy…butterscotch…peppermints? Whatever it was, your candy of choice could hold a significant meaning to you in terms of memories. In a recent article, the world of psychology points out an interesting finding that pairs together our ability to smell and taste with some of our childhood memories. When your favorite candy hits your mouth, your tongues receptors experience these senses: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami (savory).


    The human brain stores olfactory memories which can contribute to memories that are based on taste and smell experiences. It could be the reason why you remember going down to the shore and spending time at the boardwalk every time you eat salt water taffy. Another example could be thinking of the holiday season when you eat peppermint candies. Your memories and your favorite candies are unique to your experiences and just a taste or even smell can trigger a memory in an instant. Additionally, the sense of smell and taste is closely linked to emotion so it’s no wonder why you have little moments of joy eating a few M&Ms.

    Different candies may have associations with specific holidays or times of the year because they are most plentiful and abundant. For instance, candy corn is typically eaten around Halloween, so if you are a fan of this corn shaped treat, you may think of your favorite Halloween costume. For another example, did one of your parents wear a distinctive perfume or cologne when you were growing up? If you were to smell that scent today, it might make you think of them – this concept is the same for foods. In fact, olfactory memories like those mentioned, seem to be first stored when we are aged around 6 to 10 years old.

    Smell and taste go hand-in-hand with memory storage which could be the reason why you remember such vivid experiences just by tasting your favorite candy. Maybe take a trip down memory lane and treat yourself to a sweet recollection.

  • A Few Facts You May Not Know About Taffy

    June is a month that means a lot of different things to different people. For some, June is the start of summer; for others, it's the end of the school year. For us, it's a month for celebration since June is National Taffy Month. The National Confectioners' Association has been making sure that the candy you eat is safe and tasty since 1884. Taffy is a candy that people seem to universally love, and that love is the strongest in our neck of the woods. Some of you reading this may wonder why anybody would want to devote a month to something as common as taffy, but if you knew taffy the way we do you'd understand. Did you know that . . .

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    Taffy used to be major entertainment

    In the 19th century, eating taffy was only half of the fun of having the treat. You see, in order for taffy to have that light and chewy consistency, it needs to be stretched and pulled to let air get into the mixture. Today that can easily be done with a machine, and some people do enjoy having some fun making their own taffy mixture to pull. In the past, if you wanted taffy you had to put some major muscle into it. People would gather together and have taffy pulling parties. Just like today, it was a great way to entertain kids and guests and to also have a treat.

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    Legend has it that Salt Water Taffy received its name by accident. A young candy merchant opened a taffy stand on the first Atlantic City Boardwalk – then just two steps above sea level. One night, a generous tide brought in a lively surf, which sprayed sea foam over his establishment and dampened his stock of candy. The next morning, the merchant was dismayed to find his merchandise wet and responded to a girl's request for taffy with a sarcastic, but witty, "you mean Salt Water Taffy." The name, stuck!

    The name salt water taffy started a legal battle

    Back in the early 1900s, there were two people who were big players in the Atlantic City salt water taffy game: Joseph Fralinger and Enoch James. Fralinger made the candy popular by boxing it and selling it as a souvenir, and James cut the candy into bite-sized pieces and made it less sticky and easier to unwrap.  In 1923, John Edmiston outdid them both by getting a trademark for the name "salt water taffy," and demanding a cut of profits for anyone that was selling "his" product. The Supreme Court ended up ruling that the candy had been around too long and been used by too many people to get royalties. Luckily, the name still stuck.

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