This taffy was an impulse buy. It was mentioned in the New York Times and it brought to mind a couple of summers ago. Amaya and I were in Rhode Island and Alex asked us to pick up some salt water taffy for him. (He claims he has no recollection of this conversation.) We did and while it was very pretty, it was not delicious. It had that sweet, bland flavor that is the hallmark of many salt water taffies, where the flavor seems to come from the color rather than from any actual flavorings in the candy. I was intrigued by the idea of good taffy, and tired and stressed from opening a new location, so I bought some. Normally these kinds of impulse buys end in disaster, so I was relieved when the Salty Road Taffy showed up and I actually enjoyed it. It was toothsome and chewy, melting slowly in my mouth as I savored the slightly salty (in a good way) flavors. The salted caramel was delicious but little too salty for me, the chocolate chews had a deep chocolate flavor that I enjoyed--although I thought they might be even better dipped in chocolate, and the honey peanut taffy was everybody's favorite. We're savoring the candy one bite at a time and, if I had more time on my hands, I might be inspired to try and make my own. Then again, maybe not. Some things taste better when somebody else does the cooking. For now, I'm glad that I don't have to because this taffy is so good.
March 23, 2010
March 23, 2005