National English Toffee Day:
Celebrated annually on every January 8th, the National English Toffee Day encourages us to cherish the good old English Toffee today! Slightly varied from its original, the English Toffee is enjoyed by millions of people across the US! Grab some chewy or hard English Toffee, and join us in the ride down the memory lane of this much-loved confection!
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Why National English Toffee Day?
The origin of Toffee can be traced to the UK two centuries ago. It was a time when sugar imports from the Caribbean were available at cheaper rates! With this, sweet tooth British folks melted the sugar contributing to this sweet confection!
However, the English Toffee has been a crowd favorite for generations in the US. Briefly put it is a buttery variant of the original toffee. Sugar or molasses is caramelized using butter and then sprinkled with chopped almonds.
The caramelized sugar or molasses is subjected to low heat until it gets a glossy texture. The mixture is then poured into a mold, sprinkled with nuts (almonds mostly), and left for cooling. The English Toffee is mostly chewy and not as hard as our typical toffee. But can take a hard texture based on the way it is prepared. However, Heath bars are a popular treat that uses English Toffee in their core. A similar treat is known as buttercrunch in England.
The British version of the Toffee uses molasses instead of white sugar. They assume a harder texture than the English Toffee and they do not include nuts either. They simply top the toffee with a layer of chocolate!
Although the founders of the English Toffee Day seem to have taken the mystery path, a traditional treat like English Toffee deserves a day for itself. Today the English Toffee is enjoyed with milk and dark chocolate as well!
With many chocolate makers out there, the traditional confectionery like English Toffee offers untapped potential in the market open to experimentation and innovation!
Many traditional confectioners have begun working on innovating new versions of English Toffee. On the popular side, you can try the English Toffees with cinder, chili, ginger, fruit oils, nuts and spices, and the like!
How Can We Celebrate National English Toffee Day?
- Eat some English Toffee today!
Celebrate the day by exploring your nearest toffee shops to lay your hands on the wide variety of English Toffees today! Eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without anyone judging you today!
- Make Some!
If you are the “DIY” type, find a good recipe, gather all the ingredients, and make some English Toffee! Heat sugar and butter. Wait until caramelized. Pour it into a hard mold. Sprinkle some almonds before letting it cool. Else go the Brit way, use Molasses instead of sugar and top them finally with a chocolate layer of your liking!
- Experiment with your English Toffee
Get creative with your English Toffee today. Try making or having an English Toffee that you have never tried before!
- Share some English Toffee
Well, there is no celebration without sharing! So celebrate your English Toffee Day by sharing them with family and friends! Extend your sharing to the less fortunate in your community too!
- Show some English Toffee love on social media
Give the National English Toffee Day a shout out on social media! Encourage your social media friends and followers to try some English Toffee Today! Share your English Toffee pictures, thoughts, and unique recipes on your favorite social media platform! Use #NationalEnglishToffeeDay and #EnglishToffeeDay to share your posts today!
Interesting Facts About National English Toffee Day:
Here are some Toffee facts to add more fun!
- Toffee gets its name from a Mediterranean rum made from molasses which was eventually used as a flavoring agent
- Toffee can be mistaken for caramel sometimes
- Toffee and Caramel are different in their ingredient constitution. Caramel includes dairy products while Toffee mainly is made up of sugar and water!
- English Toffee is called so because of the main ingredient butter!
- English Toffee have their origin in the UK during the 19th century
- The earliest record of toffee was first in the year of 1825 in the Oxford dictionary
History of National English Toffee Day:
The National English Toffee Day is recognized by the National Confectioners Associations. However, the founder and the origin of this day seem to have been lost in the making of this buttery confection!