Making exceptional toffee has been a lifelong passion for Steve. Starting at the age of 5 and learning his mother's recipe at her side, his first tasks included measuring, stirring and watching for the precise timing of the cooking process. He has been refining his toffee crafting skills for over 50 years.
After a time spent developing related skills (pouring molten iron in a foundry, corporate operations management and sophisticated process design), he has come full circle to focus these skills to the task of crafting fine toffee for connoisseurs everywhere.
Passionate about sourcing quality ingredients, controlling the cooking process and remaining true to the techniques he learned early on, Steve can still be found over the stove on most days crafting a truly small batch artisinal product not possible in a factory setting. You will see his initials on every finished bag as a testament to this handmade process.
Pure cane sugar, dairy butter, lots of fresh roasted nuts (almost ½ pound in every one pound bag) and fine milk chocolate are all critical ingredients in a good toffee. Craftmade Toffee has spent years testing and selecting materials from the best suppliers to produce an extremely high quality end product. It is our firm belief that everything matters.
Sequence, timing and process control are central to the production of our high quality products. With a strict dedication to truly handmade processes, the most sophisticated piece of equipment in use in our kitchen is a thermometer and silicone spatula. We believe skill produces the best product quality, not high tech equipment.
As soon as toffee cools, its taste and texture begin to be affected by temperature and humidity. Within one hour of cooking, our toffee is coated with chocolate and moved into a controlled environment to allow the chocolate to harden, and protect it from the elements. This is our way to ensure the finished product will have all the best qualities of an exceptional toffee.
This is a time consuming step, and is completed with minimal contact to the heat from human hands, which can affect the toffee's appearance. Sealed in an air tight and lightproof foil bag, you are assured to receive a product that will be as close to fresh as can be achieved. There are usually a few pieces that are a bit too big and we include some extra bits of broken toffee, chocolate and nuts that are great on ice cream, and if no one is looking, on your morning cereal or oatmeal!