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Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy at Cape May: Saltwater Taffy ~ A New Jersey Shore Tradition
One of the most delightful stores to visit on the Washington Street Mall is Fralinger's Candy Shop. Stepping through the door of Fralinger's is like stepping back through time. This beautiful shop brims with wooden and glass display cases filled with delicious confections based on family recipes and which are made largely by hand.
Fralinger's Saltwater Taffy is a candy treat that is synonymous with the New Jersey shore. No one knows but the candymakers themselves, and the candy recipe is still a secret, but it has been made for over a hundred years. According to company history, "As early as 1884, Joseph (Fralinger) was approached to take over a taffy stand on Applegate Pier. He agreed and began to perfect his own recipe for Salt Water Taffy, introducing his first batch of molasses taffy in 1885. Throughout the years he developed a number of new flavors, eventually offering Atlantic City's largest selection with 25."
In addition to saltwater taffy, the store has an amazing collection of handmade chocolates, and other candy which is special: it's shaped like seashells, starfish and other nautical shapes. What's more you can take home virtually any of these mouthwatering treats in a keepsake tin designed to look like Victorian times. Although not inexpensive, they certainly make one-of-a-kind souvenirs or presents.
Fralinger's has more than just candy. Look for their mouthwatering cookies & nuts savories which are offered every day:
Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy – over 35 flavors!
Macaroons – almond & coconut
Creamy mint sticks
Peanut butter chews
Chocolate-dipped salt water taffy
Filled-center salt water taffy
Our own-made chocolates
Molasses & peanut butter paddles
Sugar-free taffy & chocolates
Winter Hours after Jan 1st:
10AM to 5PM, weekends only
9AM to 11PM, daily
Fralinger's also has 3 stores in Atlantic City, 1 in Ocean City, and 1 in Wildwood.
What to buy: Every holiday brings special decorations in the store and candies wrapped in special packages. Even the standard Fralinger's box is special. It's always special at holidays, but Fralinger's is especially beautiful at Christmas!
Expect to pay a couple dollars apiece for small items and for larger items, baskets, etc., $10 and up! Their fudge is especially delicious! Ordering presents online is easy. See their website for a good selection. "Gift Towers" prices started at about $39.99 + shipping.
Colors: A bright and upbeat store
Colors is a clothing store full of bright and upbeat clothing for women, men, childrens and teens. They carry a WIDE variety of the popular and colorful brand Fresh Produce; also, jewerly, mens' hawaiian shirts and shorts, the clothing line Life is Good, sandals, many bags and strawhats.
What to buy: Everything in the store is really speical but I would say for women either A Fresh Produce outfit because they are wonderful feeling clothing that last forever. For men, A cap and children a colorful Cape May tee-shirt.
What to pay: The prices range from inexpenisve jewerly and sandals to nice clothing, such as the product Fresh Produce.Related to:
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Across the Way: Another Fine Gift Shop
Cape May has a wealth of pretty little shops and Across the Way is one of them.
You can find clocks in all types and style, unique furniture pieces, fans, sconces and lighting, jewelry and scents. There is so much to see in every corner, it would be easy to miss something if you didn't take your time browsing through the store.
I thought their home decor items were of good quality and selection. I particularly liked their table and floor lamps, which were so different! Note the lamp with the blue and pink printed shade in my photo. My hubby had his eye on an enormous clock. Surprisingly, we left without making a purchase on anything.
Summer hours are 10am-10pm daily.Related to:
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Tides of Time: Photos and jewellery
We were first attracted to this small gallery and shop because it advertised photography exhibits, and indeed we found some lovely photos of local scenes on display inside, all taken by the owner of the shop, Corey Gilbert. Corey was in the shop (playing a sitar) when we entered and we enjoyed chatting to him about the photos and the places where they were taken. Another thing to catch our eyes was his so-called “beach museum”, a glass cabinet in which he displays his favourite finds from years of beachcombing, laid out as if still on the beach. Many of his finds of beautiful pebbles and sea glass are made into distinctive jewellery by a friend, and it was these pieces that tempted me into making a purchase. Or rather, into persuading Chris to make one and to buy one of the necklaces as an early birthday present for me! I chose a lovely design – a soft green drop of sea glass wound with silver wire. This cost $35 (without a chain) and is a lovely souvenir of our time here as it really seems to capture the essence of a Cape May beach.
Fralinger's Cape May: Fralinger's - More Taffy!
Fralinger's is the nicest kept store of all the Washington Street candy shops. You can buy all of their taffy in single bulk-candy form so that you can pick and choose your flavors. Fudge Kitchen has this, but on a much smaller scale. Fralinger's has really cool flavors like "sour apple" and "watermelon" as well as "chocolate peanut butter" and "butter-rum".
I also purchased their coconut macaroons, and they were no different than Fudge Kitchen's or Morrow's Nut House's, so no need to purchase them from more than one shop to compare - they are all very similar.
What to buy: If you're just going for an assorted mix, either Fudge Kitchen or Fralinger's will do, but if you want to pick and choose unique flavors, go with Fralinger's for sure.
What to pay: The bulk taffy is $6.29/lb ($7.29 for peanut-butter chews & rum-butter). This is much more expensive than purchasing a boxed assortment, so only do this if you want specific flavors.Related to:
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Morrow's Nut House: Morrow's Nut House: Best Candy Shop in Cape May
I visited both of their Cape May stores - there's one on the Promenade, and one on the Mall. The store on the Promenade is a little bigger, but the extra space is used to sell beach toys and such.
While I browsed the candy, my husband quickly found his way over to the side with the nuts, where a very friendly sales lady was helping him decide on his purchases (by giving him samples of just about everything he inquired about - she did the same for me). They have a huge assortment of nuts and seasoned mixes, and the best part is that they keep them warm.
The candy selection is great and much cheaper than Fudge Kitchens.
What to buy: My favorite candy to buy here is the peanut butter logs (Zagnut bars) and the Australian licorice (I don't remember seeing the black, so they might have only had the red). I'm really choosy about this licorice, because it's my favorite, and their's was kept pretty fresh (only slighty less so than at It'SUGAR in AC).
What to pay: The prices are very reasonable for a bulk shop. We only spent $15, even though my husband purchased a few 1/4lb bags of nuts and I picked up a few small bags of candy.Related to:
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Flanegan Art: Check out West Cape May for great shops, more arts
Local Art, stained glass custom and funky. In a Victorian House on Broadway, nice walk from town and other small shops around not same old same old. Owners are artists. Great local scenes, beach, wetlands, local architecture. Fun.
What to buy: Local art. Lots of artists live in area.
What to pay: reasonably priced - original oils from 300......Related to:
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Acme Market: Pick up some food to cook
We wanted to save a little money and do a few meals at our cottage so we stopped by the local Acme. It's located on Lafayette Street & Ocean Ave. at Washington Commons. When you walk in it feels like you stepped back in time to the 60's this is a neat old Acme, every one is very nice and helpful and the prices aren't bad either. We like to eat out so we didn't get that much and if you have a large family you may want to think about getting much more due to the cost of eating out in this town, it may run you broke.Related to:
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Bath Time: I am not a shopper but....
This is a great shop for soaps, lotions, bath items, yummy smelling scents etc.. The owner is very friendly and the store has so much to offer than anyone can find something they like.
What to buy: The best product is called Cape May Blends. The owner has an entire shelf of different scents (I chose lilac of course) and then you pick what you want made from it. I had lilac hair & body shampoo and lilac bubble bath made for me. It's not very expensive considering it's made right there in front of you and it smells wonderful. The products are not tested on animals and do not contain any animal ingredients.
What to pay: I think I paid about $6 for each.
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