This week we have been taking your votes at home for the local candy store that YOU think has the best salt water taffy here in Ocean County. I think we can all agree that when you think “summer” and think “candy” that you probably think “salt water taffy”. It’s just a Jersey Shore thing…..

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In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of what is thought to be the birth of the sweet sticky treat here in New Jersey…..According to Bulk Candy Store, salt water taffy originated in Atlantic City in the 19th century. According to the Bulk Candy Store website the legend goes something like this…..David Bradley, who owned a candy store, was flooded during a major storm in 1883. All of Mr Bradley’s taffy was soaked with salty Atlantic Ocean water. A young girl then came along and asked if he had any taffy for sale. Mr. Bradley jokingly offered her some “salt water taffy.”  After sampling a piece, the girl purchased the candy. Bradley’s mother was in the back of the store and overheard the whole conversation. She loved the name “salt water taffy”, and that’s what it was called from then on. Now that you know about the “background” now let’s look at how our survey with you at home went….

Based on YOUR Votes at home, here are the TOP 5:

  1. Berkeley Sweet Shop - Seaside Heights
  2. Lucille’s - Beach Haven
  3. Jenkinson’s - Point Pleasant Beach
  4. Stutz Candy - Ship Bottom
  5. Van Holten’s - Seaside Heights

Congratulations to Berkeley Sweet Shop in Seaside Heights and thanks to YOU at home for taking part in our survey :) now let’s all go to our favorite candy store and get some salt water taffy…..Happy Summer!

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