WASHINGTON AND MAPLE TAFFY

April 19, 2010

Prior to his much storied political career, a 23 year-old George Washington suffered a major financial setback when he attempted to establish rural Virginia’s first dedicated Maple Taffy store.  Washington developed a fondness for the sugary treat during his youthful travels in New England, where it was long established as an after-dinner delicacy.  His business venture failed, with Washington bitterly noting in his personal diaries that:

“The Virginian’s coarser Palate does not lend itselfe to cultivation of such Delicate Pleasures.”

Washington himself would retain a great affection for the taffy, an affection which would cost him dearly in terms of dental hygiene and political credibility.  After being forced to take up his famous wooden dentures, political foes would often mock Washington with the derisive nickname, “Old Taffy Lips”.

Old Taffy Lips

'Old Taffy Lips' Washington would rue the business failure “'til (his) sweete dieing moment.”

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4 Responses to “WASHINGTON AND MAPLE TAFFY”

  1. St. Catherine Says:

    Look at his casting in “John Adams” (2008) even:
    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm665163264/nm0001556


  2. One cannot but admire the way Morse subtly evoked Washington’s taffy love.


  3. I am enjoying this blog very much Chris, who knew, Washington! a toffee chewer?


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