Summer is for Dreamers

June 30th, 2015
Nostalgic candy is best served in the summer!

Nostalgic candy is best served in the summer!

When you think of the word “summer”, it brings back memories of sun-soaked beaches, vacations with your family, long road trips, and favorite childhood candy. The feeling you had eating taffy on the Ocean City boardwalk or a nonpareil pop on the way home from White Marsh Mall doesn’t have to end now that you’re an adult. Read the rest of this entry »

A Tall Taffy Tale: The Origins of Salt Water Taffy

June 25th, 2015
salt water taffy

Salt water taffy can trace its origins back to a terrible storm.

As we draw closer to the official start date of summer, beaches and boardwalks are bustling! Visitors long for nostalgic favorites like salt water taffy, associating it with sunny days spent by the water, and Wockenfuss happily delivers. We’ve got a little secret, though. Salt water taffy has a muddled history, but one thing is certain: salt water taffy doesn’t have salt water in it at all. While salt and water are often ingredients in your average recipe for salt water taffy, they aren’t primary ingredients, and they don’t create that signature taste. So how did the unofficial candy of summer get its name? Read the rest of this entry »

Candy Curiosities: The Science of Cooking Sugar

June 18th, 2015
candy cooking temperature

When cooked at different temperatures, a mixture of sugar and water can produce your candy favorites.

Turning water and sugar into a delicious lollipop is no simple feat. Cooking sugar is a delicate art, and the process is quite involved. Different temperatures correspond to different sugary outcomes, and in order to be true master of all things syrup, fudge, and sucker, you’ve got to know your stuff. For candy lovers with a budding curiosity, or aspiring candy makers, here are the basics. Read the rest of this entry »

Pretzels: A Tasty Twisted Tale

June 12th, 2015
chocolate covered pretzels

Do you know who put the twist in your salty sweet favorites? Pretzels have quite the history.

Pretzels may seem like all-American bar fare, but one look at the history of these savory snacks and you’ll see that they’re so much more. When delving into the origin story of pretzels, your journey will lead you all the way back to 610 A.D. somewhere in Europe. Some stories say Italy; others attribute the treat to Germany or France. One thing is certain: the pretzel has taken quite a journey through time and space to make its way to the shelves at Wockenfuss Candies. Read the rest of this entry »

Medicinal Marshmallows? A History of Your Favorite Candy

June 5th, 2015
marshmallow

The marshmallow flower is the source of the sticky sap used in the world’s first marshmallows.

If you’re a marshmallow lover, you’ve probably savored a peep or two in your life, or enjoyed a flaming hot s’more over a campfire. Marshmallows are certainly a favorite of Americans, but you might be surprised to learn that their origins aren’t American at all. The marshmallow that we know and love today traces its roots all the way back to ancient Egypt, and may seem like a far cry from the candy confection you adore. Marshmallows have come a long way, and Wockenfuss is here to tell you every detail of the delectable story. Read the rest of this entry »

Gummi Bears: A Historical Tale

May 29th, 2015
Gummi Bear history

Gummi bears have a long and storied history spanning continents. Now we have our own version.

In 1922, German-born Hans Riegel stumbled upon gold: not the expensive metal, but rather the original gummi bears, which he called Gold Bears. Although their origins are humble, gummi bears are now a sugary staple, enjoyed in many flavors and with gummi cousins in all shapes and sizes – worms, frogs, and even kids. Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Industry Insights: Sweets on the Rise

May 21st, 2015
chocolate and chocolate trends

Chocolate sales in America are on the rise, and Wockenfuss Candies loves it!

Each year when you buy your favorite Wockenfuss treats, data is recorded and the chocolate industry learns from your purchases. The good news is that the chocolate industry is booming, and is projected to continue growing over the next half a decade. As a consumer, you probably don’t spend much time looking into the changing economic landscape of the chocolate industry; here is your behind-the-scenes look. Read the rest of this entry »

Wockenfuss Candies: The Science Behind Salty and Sweet

May 14th, 2015
salty and sweet candies

Mixing salty and sweet flavors can create the perfect blend, and we love to utilize it at Wockenfuss Candies.

One day long, long ago, a famous pretzel maker fell in love with the world’s finest chocolatier. When the happy pair set out to build a life together, their romance hit a snag. Both were deeply dedicated to their culinary crafts, but spending so much time laboring separately was taking a toll on their young love. Then they had a thought. Why not combine our talents? The plan seemed risky and was likely to fail. Savory and sweet could not possibly be destined to last, but it was worth a try. It was magic at first dip, and they never looked back. To this day, the perfect pairing of salty and sweet lives on as a legacy of their love.

The sweet story of this harmonious blend probably didn’t quite happen like this, but we like to pretend it did. In real life, the secret behind one of everyone’s favorite combinations has a lot to do with science. Next time you take a sinful bite of Wockenfuss Candies sea salt caramel chocolates, think about what’s happening behind the scenes. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s the Deal with White Chocolate?

May 14th, 2015
white-chocolate-insights

White chocolate has a special flavor, and Wockenfuss loves to celebrate it.

Most people either love white chocolate or hate it. It certainly doesn’t look like milk or dark chocolate. It doesn’t quite smell the same either. When people dig into white chocolate, they shouldn’t be expecting the same experience as they do when they scarf some dark or white chocolate treats. That doesn’t mean that white chocolate doesn’t have its merits though. For those of you that are already white chocolate lovers, you know that it has its own unique flavor that can make taste buds sing. At Wockenfuss Candies, we have several white chocolate delights to satisfy your cravings. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Something Sweet

May 8th, 2015
Mothers day and candies

Celebrate your mom with some of her favorite candies and chocolates from Wockenfuss.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner on Sunday, May 10, 2015.  Remember your mother, grandmother and any mother-figure in your life by treating them to something sweet.   Though Mother’s Day as we know it didn’t become a recognized holiday until 1914, motherhood has been historically celebrated for longer than most people know. From its roots as an ancient Roman and Greek festival honoring mother goddesses, to a Civil War group dedicated to bringing the Union and Confederacy together, to Anna Jarvis’ desire to celebrate the achievements of women as mothers, the holiday has quite a storied history. Since the opening of the first Wockenfuss Candies shop in 1915, sons and daughters have flocked to Wockenfuss to purchase sweets that perfectly celebrate Mother’s Day. Read the rest of this entry »