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2004/09/27 05:56:43 (permalink)

TURKISH TAFFY

I was watching an episode of "Dead Like Me", (a great show!...), when I saw a old photo of Turkish Taffy!It used to come in various flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, banana,etc......It was in a yellow wrapper....I had forgotten all about this treat that I had in my younger days-early 60's perhaps?..Does anyone else remember this candy?...Tom B. in foggy, cold, Eastern Kentucky..(About to chow down on a cold meatloaf sandwich w/ mayo and swiss cheese on white bread...Yummy!..)
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    halfday
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2004/09/27 08:44:34 (permalink)
    Yes I do. Bonomo Turkish Taffy. They don't make it any longer. We used to put the slab in the freezer and then take it out and smack it on something and it would breakup into bite size pieces. And yes they made all kinds of flavors. The ones I remember are banana, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2004/09/27 08:47:58 (permalink)
    Check out this link for the history of Bonomo Turkish Taffy and the suggestion of a reasonable substitute for those who are interested:

    http://www.oldtimecandy.com/bonomo.htm
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2004/09/27 10:28:31 (permalink)
    I had forgotten abouth Turkish Taffy. I remember when we were given some coins by my parents and walked to the local store to get candy ,etc. We would get turkish taffy and then some penny candy and maybe a drink.
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2004/09/28 01:51:49 (permalink)
    "Smack it and crack it"
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2004/09/28 05:30:39 (permalink)
    TIPPY LEE...off topic I know, but I am glad to see another fan of "Dead Like Me"...I don't have Showtime but recently bought the complete first season DVD set from Amazon based on a friends recommendation. I love the storyline. One Roadfood related question, does anybody know which diner is used in the filming of the show? Recently, a critic on the local tv news compared this show to Twin Peaks but I don't see the connection. "Dead Like Me" is much better...

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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2004/09/28 18:52:09 (permalink)
    Does the Turkish Taffy taste like that bbbat candy? different flavors on a stick? remember those?
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2004/09/28 19:29:20 (permalink)
    Turkish Taffy was Waaaay better than Bbbat. TT was chewier and taster. Bbbat tasted like wax compared to TT.

    Something weird about the Vanilla TT. If you had a mouthful of Vanilla T Taffy, and tried to inhale through your mouth, it would almost choke you.

    Man did I get a lot of fillings from that stuff.

    BONOMO!!!!!
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2004/09/28 20:47:19 (permalink)
    Growing up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (NY)...my brother and I often stopped by the candy store on Ave X after school...I am more than sure that Bonomo Turkish Taffy was a purchase of the day on more than one occasion...I too have my "mercury" fillings to prove it...!!

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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2004/09/30 15:57:58 (permalink)
    Originally posted by TIPPY LEE

    I was watching an episode of "Dead Like Me", (a great show!...), when I saw a old photo of Turkish Taffy!It used to come in various flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, banana,etc......It was in a yellow wrapper....I had forgotten all about this treat that I had in my younger days-early 60's perhaps?..Does anyone else remember this candy?...Tom B. in foggy, cold, Eastern Kentucky..(About to chow down on a cold meatloaf sandwich w/ mayo and swiss cheese on white bread...Yummy!..)
    [/qutippy, go to page four for more comments about turkish taffy.ote]
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/02/03 10:47:55 (permalink)
    I remember Turkish Taffy from elementary school in the 1960s. I liked the vanilla. Only other kind was chocolet. I was unaware of the Bonomo name. The package had Turkish Taffy in large print. I had dinner at Cracker Barrel last Sunday. They had the French Chew Taffy. It is very similar. But then, that's the first I've had it in almost fourty years. I emailed Tootsie Roll. The reply was that the Bonomo Turkish Taffy name and recipe has been turned over to another company who plans to produce it. A word of caution on the French Chew. It is packaged with a light coating of white powder; I assume to keep it from sticking to the wrapper. It appears to be corn starch or flour. It does not affect the tast. As I was eating it the white powder fell onto my pants which were black. It took a lot of brisk brushing with my hand but it came off. I plan to buy more French Chew but will look forward to the Bonomo.
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/02/03 13:41:24 (permalink)
    I loved Bonomo's but would have a bit of trouble eating it with 'todays' teeth.......chocolate seemed,if memory serves,the most sought after. Certainly never to be confused with 'salt water taffy',one of the more vile ingestibles on the planet.
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/02/03 14:45:49 (permalink)
    I have two crowns a number of teeth filled and three missing. I didn't have any trouble chewing the French Chew. Might be otherwise if it had been chilled. I like Coffee Nips coffee flavored candy. They are a toffe that's hard to start out with but get softer: sort of like sugar daddy's. I wind up chewing on them and it's a wonder they haven't damaged my teeth. I thought about making some taffy. I saw a simple recipe on the net. It's the pulling I don't want to get in to. How can one do that sanitarily. I can wash my hands but I'm afraid the taffy would end up with tiny hand hairs in it. Thought about the disposable gloves but don't know if that would work or not. I saw them making taffy at Silver Dollar City. They had a machine that sat on top of the counter that had large wires that went round and round. The taffy some how stayed on those wires without falling onto the counter.
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/02/09 16:34:53 (permalink)
    OMG- Bonomo's? What memories that brings back. My old dentist in Brooklyn thanked Bonomo's for his steady income. I recall liking both the vanilla and the chocolate. The factory itself was only 3 blocks from my apartment in Brighton/Coney Island. The same company also made these hard cherry drops (forgot their name,) and the streets were redolent of that cherry smell. Wow- very vivid memories of 40 years ago.

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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/02/09 16:52:03 (permalink)
    No new info on Turkish Taffy, but thought I'd tell about re-discovering the Little Store building from my elementary school days. That's where I purchased the taffy. I went to see an old school mate from the school. I hadn't seen him in around twenty years. I asked him if he new what happened to the little store building. He replied, "Yes, it's out there in the yard". I couldn't believe it. He took me to see it. His dad aquired it back in the early 1970s when the school closed. It still had the counter and shelves. Even the same light bulb which still worked. He was using it for storage. Man, what a feeling that was to stand there after almost forty years.
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/03/04 21:15:20 (permalink)
    I guess I'm going to have to stop buying French Chew. Nothing wrong with the candy. I just can't control how much of it I eat. It hasn't damaged my teeth. It softens quickly once I start chewing on it. What might cause damage is the Sugar Daddy's I used ot buy. Actually I bought one recently. Biting/chewing on them will most certainly stick to your teeth if not glue uppers and lowers together. Sure taste good though. I think the turkish taffy (french chew) tastes a lot like the Zero bars which are a favorite of mine. I saw an add on the net for some taffy made by Smokey Mountain Taffy. It apparantly comes in assorted flavors. I've tried to find out if I can get selected flavors but haven't found contact information to ask.
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/04/20 19:47:12 (permalink)
    Please let your readers know that BONOMO IS BACK! We have slayed the Evil Empire and are we are bringing Bonomo Turkish Taffy back in its original form. Look for us soon at Bonomosturkishtaffy.com and hopefully your local store!
    Ken Wiesen
    Co-CEO Bonomo Turkish taffy, LLC
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/04/21 09:24:29 (permalink)
    That's great. Be sure to stock the stores in Malvern Arkansas. Can't seem to get the web page address to work. Is it online now or coming soon? Keep us posted with any updates. Gerald
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/05/06 20:19:28 (permalink)
    It will be out soon so will the site BONOMOSTURKISHTAFFY.COM
    Remember the phrase BONOMOS BACK for a special first release offer.
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/05/10 10:48:38 (permalink)
    In addition to the original flat bar, how about packaging Bonomos in twist wrap bite size portions?
    I'm looking forward to trying the banana. Vanilla and chocolate were the only flavors available at Social Hill Elementary School, back in the 1960s.
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/07/12 14:51:36 (permalink)
    is this stuff available yet? the online store is not open
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/07/12 22:38:01 (permalink)
    I emailed the address on the Bonomos web site but did not recieve a reply. For the time being, I pick up a few French Chews, now and then, at Cracker Barrel. Normally they are shelved laying flat. The last ones were shelved standing on end and had sagged. I guess the warmer weather had gotten to them and the taffy was stuck to the wrapper. I put them in the fridge and helped. Cracker barrel also had the wider, longer, thinner taffy. I can't remember the brand but I used to buy it in the High School little store. It has stripes. I enjoyed it and found it was much tastier than I remembered.
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2005/07/14 00:42:05 (permalink)
    uh oh! Bonomoes!
    (jingle)
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2006/04/28 14:36:58 (permalink)
    I only remember a little of the Jingle. Must have been the 60's

    Choclate, vanilla, strawberry too,
    even banana dodaloda do.
    So when you take a trip to your candy store,
    be sure to get you some turkish taffy, yum, yum, yum.

    I remember chilling and whacking against the counter to
    break into small pieces. Think they suggested it in the commercials
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2006/04/29 00:20:00 (permalink)
    "B-O, N-O, M-O, oh oh, oh oh oh, it's BONOMO, caandee."

    Yea, that was the only "smack and crack" we ever heard of!
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2006/04/29 02:02:36 (permalink)
    So glad to see this forum topic! I loved Bonomo's vanilla when I was a kid in Brooklyn. Thank you to those that made it known here in this forum of the return of BONOMO'S !
    I logged on to their website and wrote asking how to order. Can't wait to get a reply. I tried the French Chew and did not like it.
    There's only one, BONOMO'S !
    Make mine vanilla, please.
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2006/04/29 07:32:55 (permalink)
    UH OH BONOMO!!!

    Didja notice how many comments are about BROOKLYN (NY) ?
    I grew up there, too.

    Is (was) Bonomo only an NYC treat? Have (had) there been citings outside of NYC?
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2006/04/29 18:03:25 (permalink)
    NYNM, we definitely had Bonomo's Turkish Taffy in suburban Philadelphia when I was a kid growing up in the early 60's. (My sister and I always thought the song went "Bo-bo-bo it's Bonomo~~ TAAF-EEEE!" and that's how we sang it. )
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2006/04/29 19:50:52 (permalink)
    In the 50's, on Saturday afternoon, in a time of limited funds and double features, turkish taffy was a great bargain.
    like earlier posters, would not risk it with today's teeth
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    RE: TURKISH TAFFY 2006/04/30 01:16:45 (permalink)
    Hello All,
    I can't remember the name, but I loved a taffy that was long (about a foot) and wide (5 or 6 inches) and very thin.
    I loved the cherry flavour. Ahh, this thread has made me crave it.
    Take Care,
    Fieldthistle
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