The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and toffee fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.
We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know we will look at toffee fun facts.
Toffee Fun Facts: Toffee is a confection made by caramelizing sugar or molasses (creating inverted sugar) along with butter, and occasionally flour. The mixture is heated until its temperature reaches the hard crack stage of 300 to 310 °F. While being prepared, toffee is sometimes mixed with nuts or raisins.
- A popular variant in the US is English toffee, which is a very buttery toffee often made with almonds.
- January 8th is National English Toffee Day.
- June 29th is National Almond Buttercrunch Day.
- The origins of the word toffee are unknown. Food writer Harold McGee claims it to be “from the Creole for a mixture of sugar and molasses”, but which creole language isn’t specified.
- The history and origins of toffee are so convoluted that it’s impossible to find a historically accurate answer.
- The earliest toffee recipes called for rum. Mixed with molasses or sugar, the rum would provide a popular flavor for the candies and allow them to have a longer shelf life.
- The earliest documentation of toffee anywhere comes from the Oxford dictionary in 1825.
- The largest piece of toffee weighed 2,940 lb. It was created by Susie’s South Forty Confections, Inc of Midland, Texas, USA on 17 September 2002.
Toffee Fun Facts We Missed
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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Toffee.
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