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Jersey Residents Gain Exposure – Weekend Recap

Another weekend has gone by as we move into the halfway point of #Summer2016 and the #GardenState is nothing short of exciting! #HipNJ has the updates that will surely keep you in high spirits as August approaches in our weekend recap. This weekend, a lot of New Jersey residents were making headlines. Here’s why.

Friday, June 22nd

There must be something in the water in New Jersey – Pittstown’s Adele Dunlap recently earned the title of America’s oldest living resident. Born on December 12, 1902, Dunlap holds the record by a couple of months at 113 years old and has spent each of those years in New Jersey.

Youngsters have also been earning coverage. We forgot to mention in our guide to Jersey’s Olympic athletes that of the 555 Americans going to Rio de Janeiro in less than two weeks, the two youngest females reside here. We like to start them early. The first is 16-year-old gymnast Laurie Hernandez of Old Bridge. One of the few Olympians born in 2000, she’s a major contender to medal whereas her scores have bested those of the world’s top female gymnasts. Also making her Olympic debut is Dunnell’s Sydney McLaughlin, also 16, a hurdler and sprinter. A few months older than Hernandez, she is the youngest American track and field athlete to qualify for the games since 1972. She’ll turn 17 in Rio, so hopefully a golden gift awaits.

Saturday, June 23rd

Comedian Julia Scotti, 63, of Whiting came to the Bananas Comedy Club in Hasbrouck Heights on Saturday. But Scotti isn’t an ordinary comedian; she’s a male-to-female transgender whose out to prove that age and other barriers shouldn’t hold you back from pursuing your dream. Oh, and she’s a quarter finalist on the current season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Check out the show in the coming weeks to see what she’s all about!

We met Julia Scotti after her performance tonight! #juliascotti #americasgottalent #bananascomedyclub

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It doesn’t take long to realize this summer heat is among the hottest #NJ has had in previous years – all you have to do is walk outside. Saturday was probably the peak of this heatwave, with some areas reaching the 100 degree mark. Don’t let the heat deter you, though; go out, cool off and make the most of it!

Sunday, June 24th

You can’t turn on the news without hearing about the upcoming presidential election. Because of controversial candidates and the rise of social media, there is more hype than ever around this election. Although the Democratic National Convention didn’t start until today in Philadelphia, Jersey democrats decided to kick things off with a convention of their own aboard the Battleship New Jersey on Sunday night. Those in attendance included more than a thousand democratic leaders, delegates and officials.

Senate President Sweeney kicks of #demconvention in style on #battleshipnewjersey #camden #newjersey.

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Popular hard rock band Guns N’ Roses tore the house down in the second of two nights at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium as part of their Not in This Lifetime… Tour.

@gunsnroses crushed the NY area this past weekend! Reunited and better than ever! #gunsnroses #gnr #notinthislifetime

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#HipNJ Celebrates National Junk Food Day

By Nicole Torossian

If there’s one day out of the month that you choose to cheat on your diet, we suggest it be today, July 21st.  Why? Because Americans are celebrating National Junk Food Day.  Cookies, chips, ice cream, popcorn, cake…there’s something for everyone!

Luckily, you don’t have to travel far to celebrate right, because many of our favorite junk foods are based in New Jersey!


5-22-2015-7-23-34-PM-6355492Did you know that America’s favorite cookie is made in New Jersey? Nabisco, a division of Mondelēz International is headquartered in East Hanover.  We have come a long way from the traditional Oreo.  There are dozens of flavors and variations of Oreo including Double Stuf, Birthday Cake, Mint, Peanut Butter, Brownie Batter, and Watermelon! What is your favorite Oreo flavor? Are you an original Oreo fan, or do you enjoy the flavors?


-112ffb4c71c85f6cThese chocolatey treats are manufactured at MARS Chocolate North America, in Hackettstown.  In addition to M&M’s, MARS Chocolate also houses the manufacturing of Dove chocolate and Twix.


CampbellsPepperidge Farm, the manufacturer of Goldfish, is one of the three divisions under Camden-based Campbell Soup Company.  The Snack That Smiles Back comes in many different flavors and varieties such as Goldfish Grahams (Honey, Cinnamon, Vanilla Cupcake, Fudge Brownie, Cookies & Cream, S’mores, Strawberry Shortcake), Goldfish Colors Cheddar, Parmesan, Pretzel, Pizza, and many more fun flavors!

Salt Water Taffy

This Jersey Shore staple goes back to the 1880’s, when Salt Water Taffy was originally produced and made famous in Atlantic City. Today, you can find Salt Water Taffy mostly near the beach towns of Point Pleasant, Long Beach Island, Long Branch, and of course, Atlantic City.  Despite its name, Salt Water Taffy does not contain salt water, but rather water and salt.  Unique flavors include Root Beer, Lime, Watermelon, Cremesicle, Sour Cherry, Coconut, Bubblegum, Mango, Chocolate Banana, and so many more.

Kohr’s Frozen Custard

Although the idea originated in Coney Island in 1919, In 1923, Elton Kohr opened the first Kohr’s Frozen Custard store in Atlantic City. Located only in New Jersey, Kohr’s The Original is enjoyed by many in the Garden State.  Enjoy this sweet treat at four locations in Seaside Heights, three of which are on the boardwalk, Lavallette, and new to northern New Jersey, Fairfield! Kohrs’s serves unique flavours such as Cotton Candy, Black Cherry, Raspberry, Bubblegum, and Butter Pecan, just to name a few.


IMG_8271In 1949, a man by the name of Edward Dee and his family moved from England, to New Jersey.  While in New Jersey, he founded Ce De Candy Inc., makers of Smarties.  The first Smarties factory was located in Bloomfield in 1949, then moved to Elizabeth in 1959, and finally, to Union in 1967, where it resides today.  With that being said, Smarties have been native to New Jersey and the country for 67 years.  Smarties are made 24 hours a day, producing billions of rolls each year.


FL MALLOMARSMallomars are individual graham cracker circles covered with extruded marshallow and covered in an outer shell of dark chocolate.  You may not have known, but Mallomars are exclusively popular in the northeast, especially New Jersey, with the headquarters being in East Hanover.  Did you know the first box of Mallomars was sold in Union City in 1913? Today, Mallomars are only available to buy from October to April, supposedly because they melt easily in hot weather.

Disco Fries

thumb_600Crispy, golden fries, covered in a bed of mozzarella cheese and gravy! You may not have known, but disco fries are a popular item served at New Jersey diners, such as Tick Tock Diner in Clifton.  Some see these soggy fries as gross, others see them as a guilty pleasure.  What do you think? Love em’ or leave em’?

With that being said, go ahead and indulge in your favorite junk food for National Junk Food Day!

#HipNJ Celebrates #NationalLollipopDay

Lollipops, who doesn’t love them? Whether you’re keeping your mouth busy or are just in the mood for a sweet treat, these suckers come in handy more than we know. And for that reason, there’s a national holiday devoted to them. July 20th is #NationalLollipopDay!

Allow #HipNJ to aid in your celebration by sharing with you some fun facts about these tasty candies!

1. The world’s largest lollipop was made by See’s Candies in 2012. It was 7003 pounds, over four feet in length and 5 feet in height, and had a 12 foot stick. How many licks do you think it takes to get to the center of THAT?
2. The original lollipop machine would produce 40 lollipops per minute but the modern ones make 5,900 a minute. Isn’t technology awesome?
3. The most popular lollipop flavor is Cotton Candy. There is no surprise here.
4. Some lollipops are made for adults. The candy company Lollyphile produces a variety of beer flavored ones. For fans of the grape, they also offer merlot, chardonnay, and cabernet. Keep out of small children’s reach.
5. The lollipop, invented by George Smith, was named after a racing horse he liked, named Lolly Pop. A cute pet name turned into a beloved candy, who would’ve thought?

It seems like there’s a lot of lollipops to go around, right? Well, if you’re looking to contribute to the lollipop chaos, check out these three top-notch candy shops where you’re sure to find a lollipop in almost any flavor you can think of!

Candylicious of Randolph – Randolph, NJ
There’s little need for decoration at this Randolph-based candy shop thanks to the candy spread out wall to wall. The assortment of candy includes chocolate, cotton candy, jelly beans and of course lollipops. Delicious is an understatement when describing the quality of candy at this shop – that must be how it got its name.

Black River Candy Shoppe – Chester, NJ
With over 900 different candies offered and a trademark pez dispenser collection, Chester’s Black River Candy Shoppe is rated among the top candy stores in America, and it’s right here in New Jersey for us to enjoy! Also available is Linda’s Gourmet Lollies, the best-selling lollipop brand with over 24 original flavors.
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The Candy Jar – Collingswood, NJ
Known for its birthday parties and made-to-order products, The Candy Jar in Collingswood is your go-to if your needs are more specific. Lollipops are just one of many candy items that you can include in the shop’s custom candy trays and gift baskets.
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