Throwback Thursday ~ English Toffee

Today is National English Toffee Day. Why is it National English Toffee Day? No one seems to know. It just is. According to Wikipedia, the earliest publication of the word “toffee” was found in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1825. In the early 1900’s people would get together to make a toffee candy called “pulled molasses candy”, which was basically molasses, butter, and sugar.

Heath English Toffee was created in 1928 by LS Heath. He was a retired school teacher who decided to open a candy and ice cream shop with his brother. In 1931 the brothers sold their store to help their dad on his diary farm. They sold ice cream and toffee made with the milk and butter from their farm. The candy became so popular that eventually the whole family ran the business together. In 1950 the Heath Toffee Ice Cream Bar was developed. With all that ice cream and candy hanging around you’d think it would have been sooner. In 1989 they sold the business to a Finnish company, then in 1996 Hershey bought it.

Of course there are many other popular toffee companies and many recipes for homemade toffee. I found one in a shop in Alexandria that was amazing. Wish I could remember the name. Anyway, Happy National English Toffee Day!





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