By Janet Serra

Posted: 11/22/2016 15:20:05

How sweet it is this year at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury Connecticut. The park has  just announced that they will open a new candy shop for the 2017 season which, like much of the landmark property, will have a mix of old and new to offer guests.

The highlight inside the new store will be a taffy-making operation complete with historic machinery restored specifically for the park. They have researched the way to recreate the nostalgia of candy-making from yesteryear – that time when you could stroll the boardwalk and see the taffy being pulled the old-fashioned way on a machine and bring it to the park as a delicious attraction. Quassy has been in touch with Ron's Candy Equipment from Wildwood New Jersey that owned two refurbished machines for taffy making that are making their debut at the park this year!

The taffy cutter and packaging machine, date back to the 1920s, and was built by Package Machinery Co., of Springfield, Mass. The puller, which had to fully rebuilt, was from the same era but its original manufacturer was unknown. This year, guests at Quassy can watch how taffy is made as well as purchase some of this delectable confection to try.  Quassy will be making taffy daily in season in a variety of flavors.  If you can't get to the park this year, not to worry, Quassy is expecting to offer their taffy online.

The taffy operation will be housed in a new 1,200 square foot store that will not only feature taffy, but also favorites such as cotton candy, popcorn in a variety of flavors, candy apples, chocolate and hard candy. In addition, the shop will offer nachos and giant pretzels. Beverages will include soda, fresh-squeezed lemonade, slush and other bottled soft drinks. The new building will also house a pizzeria, where homemade pizza with a variety of toppings will be offered by the slice or whole pie. Beer and wine will be sold on the pizzeria side of the building as well.

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