Garden State Grub: New Jersey's Most Popular Foods

Living up to its nickname as the Garden State, as well as its reputation for being a little crazy and, er, trashy, New Jersey is home to some of the freshest produce and some of the strangest and less-healthy (but no less tasty) regional specialties in the country. Here are five of the best in each category (11 Photos)

Casey Barber on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:35AM

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Garden State Grub: New Jersey's Most Popular Foods

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Salt Water Taffy

A staple of any visit to the boardwalk, salt water taffy originated in Atlantic City in the late 1800s. Popularized by rival confectioners Joseph Fralinger and Enoch James (both of whose stores are still in business in A.C. today), the sweet, soft and sticky treats spread up and down the shore and now can be found in any Jersey seaside town, from Ocean City to Cape May. There’s no real salt water in the taffy; it’s just a clever name.

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