Summertime Sweets on the Boardwalk: One of the Finest Northeast Traditions

Recalling The Sweetness Of Summer

What goes perfect with the salty spray of the endless ocean? Some delicious sweets. Now certainly, most countries have a tradition of treats by the beach in the summer. However, America perfected it, and in Pennsylvania, the summertime sweets on the shoreline are some of the best in the country.

There are a lot of solid reasons for this, one of them being the very location of PA. Pennsylvania is in the middle of the Eastern Seaboard. Anyone who lives there knows summers are hot, humid, and muggy; but the eastern ocean glittering in the sun as waves dance into shore is downright refreshing.

Accordingly, Pennsylvanians love the beach. And since this region of the country has full seasonality and some of the oldest United States communities, there’s been time to perfect diverse confection formulas.

Stutz is one of the best purveyors of sweet delicacies of multiple kinds in the Mid-Atlantic, and offers a substantial selection of candy precisely designed to match your cravings on the boardwalk. Let’s look at some of our favorite summertime sweets:

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How is Taffy Made?

A pile of colorful saltwater taffy pieces

In our last blog post, we discussed the history of saltwater taffy and how it got its name, and its origins as a favorite treat among boardwalk visitors.

We’d wager that part of the charm of buying taffy when you’re at the shore is seeing it made. Machinery at work, pulling large ropes of taffy is quite a sight to see.

At first sight, you may wonder “What’s going on there?”

Throughout our history, as we grew to be an iconic candy maker in the Philadelphia area, stories of taffy making at the shore have traveled far and wide. Having candy locations at the shore and just north of Philadelphia, we still hear them.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the hows and whys of taffy making.

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The King and Queen of Confection from Long Beach Island to Cape May

Piles of freshly made long beach island fudge

Last year, Stutz celebrated a milestone not every business gets to enjoy: 80 years in business.

It’s a fascinating history. We started off making chocolate in a garage in Jenkintown, and now operate three stores: two in the Philadelphia area and one at the Jersey Shore.

We’re proud to be a part of local food history, and no discussion of that history is complete without mentioning two things: fudge, saltwater taffy, and their connection to the shore.

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Origins of Iconic Boardwalk Treats: Saltwater Taffy & Fudge

New Jersey Fudge

There are certain foods that are forever linked to certain places: Cheesesteaks and Philadelphia. Maple syrup and Vermont. Deep dish pizza and Chicago.

And at towns along the New Jersey shore, it’s two types of candy: salt water taffy and fudge. You may have your favorite boardwalk treat, but its these two that stand out among the list of Jersey shore icons.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the history of salt water taffy and fudge in New Jersey.

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