If you ever went to the boardwalk, then you are familiar with two delicious treats: Salt Water Taffy and Homemade Fudge! Of course, these delectable items are available elsewhere, but if you have ever been on the boardwalk, then these particular treats among others were inescapable staples. Salt Water Taffy comes in so many flavors and each subtle variation is a wonderful combination of sweet and salty. What looks unappetizing as a wax paper rolled and twisted piece of seeming plastic, becomes a mouthwatering delight of sugary goodness. If you get the fresh stuff, it won’t be too chewy, but will melt in your mouth as you gently enjoy.
Then there is Fudge. Also, so many flavors, but no subtle differentiation here! Oh, no, here you will find chocolate fudge, to mint, to Oreo, to Butterfingers, to strawberry-pistachio and so many others limited only by the maker’s imagination! It’s hard to choose just one flavor, so get a few! There is smooth and creamy fudge and then there is fudge with bends of chunky-fun like butterscotch or peanut butter-crunch… the list goes on and on! How can you not buy these for your kid, along with a toothbrush, floss and a case of toothpaste?! But we’re not done yet. There are three other treats that may remind you of the boardwalk, but again you can find almost anywhere, although once again- I recommend getting only the freshest you can find.
For starters, how about Cotton Candy? what’s more fun than watching someone whip it up on a paper cone in a funnel shape in a variety of colors from a machine that seems to blow air and turn nothing into something? The best part is, you can eat a lot but will have essentially eaten nothing! This is one of those childhood experiences that stay with you, and you will want to pass it on.
As for our final two, well they are of the chocolate variety. First we have Jelly Rings, and second, we have Marshmallow Squares. Now in case you are not familiar with either of these, they are generally something you can find in a chocoletier’s shop. Both are chocolate covered, although the actual shape may vary, inside one has a soft raspberry jelly filling that is firm like jello but not chewy like a gummy bear. The Marshmallow Squares are as you can imagine, pure heavenly marshmallow. Both come in either milk or dark chocolate, but the jelly taste better in dark, if you ask me.
Now if these 5 treats feel like there is something unique but equally nostalgic missing, I’ll throw in a bonus: S’mores, no explanation necessary but what kid didn’t enjoy roasting these bad boys over an open fire when camping, and how can a Dad not produce that memory for his kid(s)? Well there you have it, the top five nostalgic candy treats from my childhood that I would and do still but for my own child. make sure you do the same!