Turkey Joints and Their Deliciousness…and That’s Coming from a Vegetarian [OPINION]
What are turkey joints? For a moment we will step away from the journalistic creed of objectivity and describe them as “yummaciousness.”
They look like one might imagine the bone of a turkey to look – and in fact that is just what my children thought they were when I brought them home (in the interest of research) to do this blog post. As the manufacturer, Nora’s Candy Shop, says on the company’s website, “The only thing the feathered version and the candy version have in common is the name and perhaps a slight resemblance to the aforementioned appendage.”
What is most surprising about the candy is that, despite the fact that the company and candy have been around since 1919, this roving reporter only learned about them after moving to Central New York (the “C” gets capitalized when you live here). And I have travelled all over the world and have eaten a lot of candy.
Turkey Joints are made in Rome, New York. Outsiders will say that the city is located “upstate,” despite the fact that the Utica-Rome Metropolitan area is, correctly, considered to be “central” New York by the United States Census Bureau.
The current mayor of Rome is Joseph Fusco, who presides over things like a city with a population of about 35,000, promotes the proud tradition of “Honor America Days” events, and has the honor of being in charge of a city that produces the deliciousness known as Turkey Joints.
Turkey Joints are about the size of the finger of the average 7-foot giant, and they do kind of look like a bone. For this reason it surprises this non-native New Yorker that they are considered more of a Christmas-season holiday candy and not, as might be more ghoulishly appropriate, a Halloween delicacy.
The outside shell is a very sweet coating of a candy that appears to be a mix of opaline and silver. It shines, and acts as a cover which protects winter hands warmed by mittens from the chocolately goodness inside.