saltwater taffy

noun
variants: or salt water taffy

Definition of saltwater taffy

US
: taffy that is made in various colors and flavors and is usually sold in small, individually-wrapped pieces Where better can the vacationing population of the Cape go to sightsee a human kaleidoscope, to keep kids entertained, to buy saltwater taffy and a Cape Cod sweatshirt, to have a good time and a good meal?— Charles N. Barnard

Note: Saltwater taffy is typically associated with seaside tourist areas. It may have salt as an ingredient, but it does not contain seawater.

First Known Use of saltwater taffy

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Saltwater taffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saltwater%20taffy. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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