From great seafood, fruits and vegetables to Boardwalk sweets, New Jersey has some wonderful food traditions. While at the Shore make sure to try:
Taylor Ham: The proper name according to the manufacturer, Taylor Provisions of Trenton NJ, is John Taylor’s “Original Taylor Pork Roll” Dating from 1856, it was originally called “Taylor Ham” and although the name was changed in 1906 many of those in North Jersey still call it simply, “Taylor Ham.” It is a staple today in many homes and restaurants. Packaged in a cotton bag or case, the seasoned pork product is similar to a sausage in texture. One of the favorite uses is for a breakfast sandwich where it is served on roll or bagel along with a fried egg and American cheese. I love it and have enjoyed it since I was a child.
Bluefish: A local fish found off the waters of NJ, that sometimes gets a bad rap. The meat is dark and a little stronger in taste than many fish, but if prepared properly can be a wonderful dish. The fresher the better.
New Jersey is truly The Garden State. In the summer make sure to stop at a local farm stand to buy their famous blueberries, the official state fruit. Starting about 1911, this popular fruit was domesticated and became an important crop for the state. Don’t miss trying the fresh corn, tomatoes, apples and peaches.
Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy: The first salt water taffy was attributed to the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Supposedly the name came when during a storm a candy shop’s taffy was drenched in salt water after the waves came into the store. Joseph Fralinger was asked to run the taffy stand at the Applegate Pier in Atlantic City in 1884. He did and made delicious taffy. Today it is still made by the James Candy Company under the Fralinger brand. They also make macaroons and fudge.
Ice Cream and Frozen Custard is a big tradition on the shore. Day’s Ice Cream has been a fixture of Ocean Grove since 1876. I try to go every time I am in town.
The Kohr Brothers started selling their frozen desserts in Coney Island in 1919 which they called frozen custard. The descendants of the three brothers started three separate companies which still operate today. Kohr’s The Original operated in Seaside Heights and Kohr’s Frozen Custard Inc. operates in Seaside Heights as well as in Point Pleasant Beach. The third, The Original Kohr Bros. operates in Cape May, Wildwood and Ocean City. I have been to all three operations!!