The 23rd of May is Taffy Day.
Treat yourself to some taffy today. You may even wish to try your hand at making some!
The day is officially recognized in the U.S. by the National Confectioner’s Association of America.
This differs from English Toffee Day, which they say is the 8th of January.
Nor is it the same as St Taffy’s Day (aka St David’s Day), which is the 1st of March.
In Quebec, Ste-Catherine’s Day on the 25th of November is informally known as Taffy Day, because taffy making and eating is a big part of the traditions for that saint’s day.
In the Anne of Green Gables novels, there’s a regular Taffy Day each year. Anne’s enemy, Felicity, sabotages Anne’s taffy by pouring a lot of salt into it. Still, that is very different from salt-water taffy.
See also: English Toffee Day
The earliest print mention of a “Taffy Day” in May that CooksInfo is aware of dates from 2005:
“Speaking of holidays, is there really a National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day? Yup. It’s Jan. 3. And there’s a National Licorice Day (April 12), a National Taffy Day (May 23), and a National Toasted Marshmallow Day (Aug 30). Are these official commemorative days, sanctioned by Congress? Well, no. But who says we shouldn’t celebrate them anyway?” — Sher, Becky. Fun facts to satisfy your demanding sweet tooth. Scranton, Pennsylvania: The Times-Tribune. 22 June 2005. Page 9, col. 1.
The holiday has been circulating on the Internet, though, since at least 2004, which is when CooksInfo first reported on it.