Shrouded in lore and the source of much light-hearted debated, the origin of toffee is a trifle unclear—likely due to the fact that the basic recipe changed often throughout history. Cultural preferences also draw a line in the sand, as Americans tend to think of toffee as a buttery, crispy slab of candy adorned with chocolate and nuts, while the Brits prefer a chewier version of the same treat. This chewiness has sparked much banter among avid toffee lovers, since chewy versions are “pulled” during the making, giving the candy a taffy-like consistency and underscoring the reasoning behind it being called taffy.
We’re not talking salt-water taffy here though, “English” toffee—which is sometimes referred to as taffy—boasts the same rich ingredients as the toffee we, in America, know and love. It just doesn’t have that snap we have come to cherish…and savor!
Those on the toffee side of the argument get bragging rights though because, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, hard toffee was first on the scene, dating back to 1817, while soft and chewy versions didn’t make their appearance until the late 1870’s. Read More →