Sure, the Garden State is known for producing some of the freshest fruits and veggies on the east coast — but it can sure hold it's own when it comes to sweets, too. Delectable cupcakes, candy, popcorn, doughnuts — you name it — we've got it. So, if you're looking for some uniquely New Jersey items to be a part of your big day, look no further than our favorite NJ sweet treats.
Jaret's Stuffed Cupcakes (Above)
With three locations in NJ and one in NY, Jaret's Stuffed Cupcakes evolved from what first began as a café, to now expanding into four cupcake bakeries. Combining a love for dessert with a unique twist, their decision to "stuff" cupcakes has (of course) begun to take NJ by storm. With favors including the Bada Bing (chocolate cupcake stuffed with mascarpone, espresso custard and topped with amaretto whipped cream and a cherry) and the Conor's Dream (vanilla M&M cupcake stuffed with M&M caramel custard topped with chocolate whipped cream and sprinkles) Jaret's combines traditional dessert and candy flavors in an untraditional way — because the only thing better than a cupcake, is a stuffed one! Read real brides' reviews here!
You may have seen these making their way around the Internet after going viral for their new Rainbow Cookie doughnut (for obvious reason.) Glaze Donuts in New Milford, NJ specializes in artisan doughnuts, created and made fresh each day. Never cooking with preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring, the Rainbow Cookie doughnut is inspired by the traditional 7-layer cookie that hails from Italian bakeries, but in doughnut form, smothered in a chocolate glaze, with chocolate sprinkles. You're wedding guests are sure to flip over these doughnuts.
Nothing is more Jersey than saltwater taffy from the Jersey Shore. First becoming poplar on the Atlantic City boardwalk, this candy is created with a mixture of water, butter, salt, sugar, cornstarch, and corn syrup and coloring that results in chewy, sweet goodness. To add a touch of the Jersey Shore to your wedding, you can choose colors and flavors to compliment your color palate, gift boxed taffy as favors, or even include it in guest welcome bags. For the original, you can order from Fralinger's, though many New Jersey candy shops sell their versions, too.
Another coastal favorite, Johnson's Caramel Popcorn is a staple of boardwalk grub that your wedding guests are sure to love. Since 1940, Johnson's has been hand-mixing popcorn right off the sand, filling the Ocean City boardwalks with the sweet smells of sugary goodness. If you can't make it to Ocean City to stock up for your big day, their online ordering system couldn't be easier. (Be sure to order some extra to enjoy for yourselves!) Read real brides' reviews here!