Archive for the ‘Wockenfuss Candy’ Category

Summer is for Dreamers

Tuesday, 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. (more…)

Candy Curiosities: The Science of Cooking Sugar

Thursday, 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. (more…)

Pretzels: A Tasty Twisted Tale

Friday, 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. (more…)

Medicinal Marshmallows? A History of Your Favorite Candy

Friday, 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. (more…)

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Something Sweet

Friday, 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. (more…)

How to Create a Playful Dessert Buffet for your Wedding

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Delicious wedding tableYour wedding is one of the most exciting days of your life. It is a celebration of happiness and love that you get to spend with those closest to you. While wedding cakes are the traditional choice for desserts, more and more couples are choosing sweet alternatives to cakes. One great choice that is taking the wedding world by storm is dessert buffets. A dessert buffet allows each of your guests to create their own unique dessert based on their individual interests. (more…)

Order Handmade Peanut Brittle Online at Wockenfuss Candies

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Peanut Brittle OnlineDelicious. Crunchy. Peanut Butter-y. These are the words often used to describe everyone’s favorite salty, yet sweet treat:  Peanut Brittle.

The History of Peanut Brittle

While no one knows the true history of peanut brittle, there are several theories and a few legends as well. One such story dates the origins of this salty sweet candy back to 1890. As the legend goes, a woman living in the South was trying to make taffy, but mixed up her ingredients. Instead of adding cream of tartar, she accidently added backing soda. Realizing her mistake, she took a taste. Needless to say, she was quite delighted with her new “taffy.” Then she made a bold decision. She added peanuts. The result: the very first Peanut Brittle! Of course, this is just one legend.

Others date peanut brittle back to the Celts.

As the story goes, people began adding syrup to their peanuts to make them sweeter. And when Irish immigrants first came to America, they brought their peanut brittle recipes with them and it quickly caught on, especially with the popularity of peanuts in the South.

A slightly more fantastical story goes as follows. Tony Beaver, a Paul Bunyan-esque lumberjack folk hero, stopped a flood by dumping peanuts and molasses into a river. Not only did he stop the flood and save the nearby townspeople, but he also invented peanut brittle at the very same time. That’s what we like to call a win-win!

No matter how peanut brittle got its start, one thing is for sure. You love peanut brittle and you have a craving for that salty sweet goodness. Fortunately, Wockenfuss Candies has you covered.

Order Handmade Peanut Brittle Online at Wockenfuss Candies

Wockenfuss Candies is proud to be one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. And while the world is a little different then when we first started making candy, we feel we have found the perfect balance of old school candy making and new school business. We still make out peanut brittle the old-fashioned way – by hand – but it is now available to purchase online. It doesn’t get much better than that.

If you have any questions about ordering Peanut Brittle online, please contact Wockenfuss Candies, by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!

Ever wanted to know the History of Lollipops? Wockenfuss has you covered.

Friday, August 1st, 2014

History of LollipopsAs a child, going to the doctor is an experience you always dreaded. You were poked and prodded and then there were the needles. Aaaah! Fortunately, there was a silver lining: Lollipops. When all was said and done, that big scary doctor reached down and handed you your favorite delicious treat on a stick. It instantly made everything better. As an adult, lollipops may no longer hold the same mystical power, but that doesn’t mean you love them any less. But where did they come from? What is the History of Lollipops?

Some people believe you have the caveman to thank for the lollipops of today. You see, thousands of years ago people collected honey from beehives using sticks. Yum! Fast forward a few years and the ancient Chinese, Arabs, and Egyptians began producing fruit and nut confections that they “candied” in honey. And guess what else they did? If you guessed “put it on a stick,” you are right!

As for the first modern lollipop, you can probably thank the English. In the 17th Century, the English enjoyed boiled sugar candy treats on sticks, which made the candies easier to eat. This is also thought to be the time when the term lollipop was first coined. In Northern England, “lolly” means tongue and “pop” meant slap. So lollipop literally means “tongue slap.” However, the term “lollipop” would not be trademarked until 1931.

In 1908, the Racine Confectionary Machine Company introduced a machine that put hard candy on the ends of sticks: 2,400 sticks per hour to be exact. Viola! The lollipop as we know it.

Lollipops from Wockenfuss

Do you suddenly have a craving for lollipops? Who could blame you? Fortunately, Wockenfuss Candies has you covered. Our line of lollipops is sure to bring a smile to your face. Our Assorted Crystal Sticks, delicious rock candy swizzle sticks, are a personal favorite. And then there are our Jelly Belly Lollibean Pops. Each one is shaped like a jellybean.

We also have several milk chocolate lollipops: Milk Chocolate Nonpareil Pop, Milk Chocolate Crab Pop, and our Milk Chocolate Lacrosse Pop.

Wockenfuss has been a Maryland tradition since 1915.

If you have any questions about ordering Lollipops Online, please contact Wockenfuss Candies, by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!

The Most Popular Summer Candies

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Summer CandiesSummer is filled with the things children love most: vacation and candy. Yum! No school…and CANDY! That’s what we like to call a win-win. What more could a child want? There is nothing quite like lounging by the pool or on the beach and eating some delicious salt water taffy. Is anyone else’s mouth watering?

Well, we got to thinking; besides salt water taffy, what other candies do kids crave? After a little research, we got our answer. According to a survey of over 2,100 people, the Most Popular Summer Candies are…

  1. Salt water taffy: Of course salt water taffy is No. 1 on the list. Did you have any doubts? It is the quintessential summer candy! Salt water taffy just reminds you of the beach.
  2. Gummi bears: They are fun to eat. They are delicious. And they are No.2 on our list of popular summer candies. Gummi bears are the perfect candy for pretty much any occasion, whether you are watching a movie, hanging out on the beach, or just playing video games at home.
  3. Jelly fruit slices: Fruit slices are sugar-coated, soft and chewy “gum drop” type candies. These yummy jelly candies are as delicious as they look!
  4. Tootsie Rolls: If you love chocolate and don’t want to deal with the mess (let’s face it; chocolate and summer do not mix), then Tootsie Rolls may be the candy for you!
  5. Sour Patch Kids: First they are sour; then they’re sweet! And guess what? They are always delicious!

Is your favorite summer candy on the list? If not, what is it? We want to know! Post your favorite summer candy on our Facebook page. Maybe you love fudge. Or perhaps licorice is more your style. Of course, you can never go wrong with a lollipop. Either way, we want to know what candy you crave while relaxing on summer vacation. What candy takes you back to your carefree childhood?

Wockenfuss Summer Candies

For more great summer candies, head to the Wockenfuss nearest you! Our assortment of summer candies is second to none! As one of the oldest candy makers in Maryland, Wockenfuss knows a thing or two about what it takes to make great candy.

Wockenfuss has been a Maryland tradition since 1915.

If you have any questions about how to buy our Summer Candies online, please contact Wockenfuss Candies, by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!

Wockenfuss Summer Specialty Candy is now available!

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Wockenfuss Summer CandySteamed crabs covered in Old Bay, spread across some old copies of the Baltimore Sun. Evening strolls down the Boardwalk as the waves crash upon the beach. Grabbing your glove and heading to Orioles Park at Camden Yards to watch the Birds. Those are the things that Maryland summers are known for!  Unfortunately, our summers are also notorious for something else: humidity.

Summer in Maryland can be a rather hot and sticky affair. The state’s humidity is legendary. So if you are going to be sticky, you might as well do it in the most delicious way possible: Wockenfuss Summer Specialty Candy. If you love our Chocolate Seashells, Coconut Rainbow Strips or Watermelon Strips, Raspberries and Blackberries, or Creamy Mint Sticks, you are in luck! All of our summer candies are now available online and at each of our eight locations. So what are you waiting for!? Hop in your car and head to the Wockenfuss nearest you or head online and order your favorite summer candies without ever leaving your couch. Just allow 3-6 business days for shipping. What could be easier?

Summer is right around the corner. So now is the perfect time to stock up on all of those Wockenfuss candies that you love. And you better hurry. You don’t want to miss out on any of these delicious treats for another year!

About Wockenfuss

Wockenfuss is a family owned business, now in its fifth generation of candy-making. As one of the oldest candy makers in Maryland, we know a thing or two about what it takes to make great candy. We also know a thing or two about what it takes to make a great state: people and traditions. That is why we are so proud to be a part of this Maryland tradition.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your family!

If you have any questions about how to buy our Summer Specialties online, please contact Wockenfuss Candies, by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!