Taffy is a type of American chewy candy. Taffy is made by stretching or pulling a sticky mass of boiled sugar, butter, flavourings, and coloring until fluffy. When this process is complete, the taffy is rolled, cut into small pastel-coloured pieces and wrapped in wax paper to keep it soft. It usually has a fruity flavour, but other flavours are common as well, including molasses and the classic unflavoured taffy.
Salt water taffy was a noted invention of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and became a common souvenir of many coastal resort towns. Modern commercial taffy is made primarily from corn syrup, glycerin and butter. However, the Laffy Taffy and Airheads brands do not contain any animal-based products. The "pulling" process, which makes the candy lighter and chewier, consists of stretching out the mixture, folding it over and stretching it out again.
In the United Kingdom, taffy has no real identity in its own right, but can be found in the form of popular names such as Chewits or Starbursts.
Caramel candies are sometimes referred to as taffy (taffy apples, taffy coloured hair), but are very different from common Salt water taffy.
The TV cartoon series "Family Guy" prompted this article as Mayor West (Adam West aka "Batman") refers to his love of taffy in one or more episodes and I had absolutely no idea what it was!