Downeast Candies in Boothbay Harbor, Maine has been making homemade saltwater taffy since 1974.


Don't blink or you'll miss this quaint candy shop in Boothbay's thriving waterfront.  They will let you sample the fresh batches of taffy as you watch the mesmerizing process of pulling and shaping the sweet, sticky treat.


The taffy is pulled and turned on large machines behind glass walls in the candy shop. A master taffy magician (my term, not theirs) also works hands-on with the taffy to shape, twist, and massage flavors into the chewy confection. If you're lucky, a freshly wrapped piece of taffy will land in your paws for sampling. You know, just to make sure it's as good as it looks.


If you're in need of a calming, soothing, super satisfying break in your day, watch this video of taffy being pulled on a machine at Downeast Candies. It's short, so put it on loop, and bliss out to the mesmerizing footage. It's even better than going to a laundry mat and watching clothes dry.

If taffy isn't your thing, I bet fudge is. They've been making fudge just as long using old New England family recipes, and the best ingredients around like heavy cream, fresh dairy butter, pure chocolate, and natural flavors. The original family recipes didn't include additives and preservatives, so they don't add them to this day. All of their treats are made right there at the little shop on the By-Way in downtown Boothbay Harbor, Maine.



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