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Salt Water Taffy Recipe from Dolle’s Candyland

Get a recipe for this beachside treat from Ocean City.

In Ocean City, Maryland while filming for “Travels with Darley Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” our group, including my best friend and her two little girls, walked the iconic Boardwalk and sampled just a few of the many sweet treats. One stand-out was at Dolle’s Candyland. This is one of our picks for the top candy stores in the USA and there were so many flavors of salt water taffy, we couldn’t decide what to try next. Good thing owner Anna Dolle Bushnell was on hand to give us a few samples, ranging from molasses mint to pomegranate to root beer to cafe au lait.

Salt water taffy is a popular candy in beach towns and Ocean City is no exception. What’s exceptional is that Dolle’s salt water taffy has been made daily onsite since 1910. Anna has graciously shared her family recipe, so even if you don’t make it to Dolle’s, you can make this treat at home.

Dolles Candyland Salt Water Taffy

Our group testing out the goods at Dolles Candyland with Anna.

Salt Water Taffy Recipe Ingredients

4 cups light corn syrup

2 cups sugar

6 oz evaporated milk

1 tsp salt

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup water

Salt Water Taffy Ingredients

Salt Water Taffy Ingredients

Next Steps

Add all ingredients and cook on medium high heat to 255 degrees on a candy thermometer. Pour candy onto a lightly greased baking pan and let cool.

Anna Dolle Bushnell shows us how to make Salt Water Taffy

Anna Dolle Bushnell shows us how to make Salt Water Taffy

When candy is warm, begin pulling until it becomes opaque in color (approximately 5 minutes).

Anna stretches out the taffy

Anna stretches out the taffy


Keep pulling! This is a good arm workout!

While the candy is being pulled, flavoring and/or coloring can be added. Standard vanilla or oil of peppermint are our favorites (oils and other flavorings can be found in the baking section of craft/party stores). When pulling is complete, cut sections of the candy and wrap in waxed paper. Store in an airtight container.

Use kitchen scissors or a knife to cut the taffy into pieces.

Use kitchen scissors or a knife to cut the taffy into pieces.

Wrap individually in wax paper and enjoy!

Wrap individually in wax paper and enjoy!


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