Marini's Westside Taffy Machine - Santa Cruz, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 36° 57.531 W 122° 02.845
10S E 584803 N 4090731
Quick Description: Maraini's Candy has three store fronts in Santa Cruz. The store on Ingalls Street has a taffy pulling machine that operates in the mornings.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 12/31/2015 4:07:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMQ6X3
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Big B Bob
Views: 8

Long Description:
From the Marini's History website:
Born in Italy, founder, Victor Marini brought his family to Santa Cruz in 1905 and opened the Palace Barbershop on Cooper Street across from the old Santa Cruz Court House. He also had a barbershop in the old Casa del Rey Hotel near the Boardwalk.

One spring day in 1915, Victor accepted a customer’s offer and bought his popcorn stand at the Boardwalk. Joseph Marini Sr. started working for his dad at the age of 10 in 1920. During the decades following his father’s death in 1938, Joe Sr. and his wife Josephine were instrumental in building up the business.

The family soon expanded the operation and started making salt water taffy, caramel corn, and candy apples. In the years to follow, the business was passed on to Joe Sr.’s sons, Joseph Jr. and Joel, and their wives Carol and Kathy.

Today, Nick, Gino and their families continue the tradition of making fine candies. In addition to their famous salt water taffy, Marini’s also offer a variety of hand dipped nut clusters and caramels, turtles, English toffee, rocky road, chocolate dipped strawberries, homemade fudge, caramel apples, and an assortment of candies from all over the world.

332 Ingalls St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Open Monday-Thursday, 11:00am-7:00pm
Friday-Saturday, 10:00am-9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am-7:00pm

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