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Saltwater Taffy – Hawaiian Style

Hawaiian Salt Water TaffyWhile on a recent trip to Maui, Hawaii, I was in the mood for something other than chocolate covered macadamia nuts, an Island staple. (Besides, my husband is so allergic to macadamia nuts that even the mere scent of one nearly triggers an allergic reaction). We stopped by the Maui Sweets & Treats shop to see what they had to offer. We stepped inside to find this appealing ten-foot square shop lined from floor to ceiling with nothing but jars of candy. I decided to try their variety pack of saltwater taffy, a treat made locally on the Island.

I ate the first piece and was pleasantly surprised at how airy it was, not to mention the fresh flavor. This made me wonder what makes some taffy light and fluffy versus others which almost rip the fillings from your teeth. The store clerk wasn’t sure, so I did a little research and learned from the Science of Cooking, the secret to a light but chewy texture is to pull it, and pull it, and pull it, for up to 15 minutes, while making it. Pulling it incorporates many tiny bubbles (can you hear Don Ho singing in the background) throughout the candy creating the light, chewy texture. For those of you who want to make taffy at home, you’ll end up with some delicious candy AND an upper body workout. However, I was on vacation and the only effort I wanted to exert was turning the page on my book while parked firmly in a beach chair.

Maui Sweets & Treats offers an assortment of tropical island taffy flavors including coconut, banana, guava, passion fruit, macadamia nut, and mango (my favorite). Each has a delightful flavor. You can top off the experience with a Kohna coffee (taffy, that is!).

Maui Sweets & Treats
Whaler’s Village
Kaanapali, Maui


Joycie Havel says on May 12th, 2005 at 1:25 pm:

Do you ship you candy?

thank you
Joycie Havel

Debbie says on May 15th, 2005 at 1:44 pm:

Hi Joycie – My apologies for the delayed response. I don’t ship candy, but Maui Sweets & Treats might direct ship. They don’t have a website yet, but you can call them at 808-661-3868. Good luck.

richard says on December 4th, 2006 at 7:14 pm:

just to let you all know i make saltwater taffy on the big island of hawaii. I have a shop in the center of kona. we make it right in front of you!!
if you are ever here come and see us or look at our web site.
We also make eouropean chocolates too and more like fugde on a slab old fasion style all in front of you!!
sweet ohana candy factory

richard says on December 4th, 2006 at 7:15 pm:


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