This history of "Balmer" (Baltimore) Coddies is as ambiguous as the stars in the sky. You love them, you know they are there, but you are slightly muddled in how it all came to be. The legend goes that the Cohen family (living in Baltimore in the early 1900s) owned a sandwich stand in the Belair Market and wanted to make their stand have a bit more advantage over other stands that just sold basic items. Thus using ingredients that were easy to come by, and that you could process them easily, the Coddie was born. This is not to be confused with Cod Fish Cakes. Coddies are a mixture of 60% salted cod and 40% potato (mashed) and seasonings. Cod Fish cakes normally use fresh cod and the use of potato is a lot less. Come on and try some! You will not regret it!