On January 8, English National Toffee Day is celebrated as a favorite confection that has been loved across the country for generations.
In the United States, English toffee is a popular variation of the original toffee. A type of toffee covered with almonds made by caramelizing white sugar with butter and can be hard or chewy. Heath bar is a bar of candy with an English toffee core.
However, the British make toffee with only brown sugar, not white sugar. Moreover, while they do not usually add nuts, they do add a layer of chocolate. Do not hesitate to add dark, milk or white chocolate with English toffee for trying. All add a typical flavor. However, both the US and UK versions are loved throughout the year.
National English Toffee Day History
The National Confectionery Association recognizes national English Toffee Day. However, the founder and origin of this day seems to have gotten lost in the creation of this toffee!
Toffee's origins can be traced back to Great Britain two centuries ago. It was a time when sugar imported from the Caribbean was available at a cheaper price! With this, the sweet Brits melted the sugar contributing to this sweet confection!
However, English-style toffee has remained a favorite for generations in America. In short, it is a buttery variation of the original toffee. Sugar or molasses is caramelized with butter and then sprinkled with chopped almonds.
Caramelized sugar or molasses is boiled over low heat until it has a glossy texture. The mixture is then poured into molds, sprinkled with nuts (mostly almonds) and left to cool. The English toffee is typical chew. However, there can be a hard texture based on how it is prepared. However, bars in Heath are a popular eatery using English Toffee at their core. A similar dish is called a butter dish in the UK.
The British version of Toffee uses molasses instead of white sugar. They claim to have a firmer texture than British Toffee and they don't include nuts. They just put a layer of chocolate on top of the toffee!
Although the founders of English Toffee Day seem to have taken a mysterious route, a traditional dish like English Toffee deserves a day of its own. Today English Toffee is also enjoyed with milk and dark chocolate!
With many chocolate makers out there, traditional confectionery like English Toffee offers untapped potential in the expanding market for experimentation and innovation!
Many traditional confectioners have begun work on improving new versions of English Toffee. In terms of popularity, you can try English Toffees with cinder, chili, ginger, fruit oils, nuts and spices, and the like!
Interesting Stories about National English Toffee Day
- Toffee gets its name from a Mediterranean rum made from molasses, which is eventually used as a flavoring agent.
- Toffee can sometimes be mistaken for caramel
- Toffee and Caramel differ in their composition. Caramel consists of dairy products while toffee is mainly made up of sugar and water!
- Its name is Toffee in English because the main ingredient is butter!
- English Toffee originated in England in the 19th century
- The earliest record of toffee was first recorded in 1825 in the Oxford dictionary
How to celebrate National English Toffee Day
- Eat some English toffee today!
Celebrate the day by exploring the toffee stores closest to you for a variety of English Coffees today! Use them for your breakfast, lunch and dinner!
- Making it by yourself
If you are the “Do it yourself” type, find a delicious recipe, gather all the ingredients and make some English toffee! Heat sugar and butter. Wait until caramelized. Pour into hard mold. Sprinkle with some almonds before letting it cool. Do it Brit's other way around, using Molasses instead of sugar and finally coating them with chocolate to your liking!
- Experiment with your English toffee
Get creative with your English Toffee today. Try making or having an English toffee you have never tried before!
- Share some English Toffee
Well, there is no celebration without sharing. Let share some English Toffee with your family and friends! Please extend your share to the less fortunate in your community!
- Express your love for Toffee in English on social networks
Let us celebrate National English Toffee Day on social media! Encourage your friends and social media followers to try some English Toffee today! Share English Toffee's unique images, thoughts and recipes on your favorite social media platforms! Use #NationalEnglishToffeeDay and #EnglishToffeeDay to share your post today!
ObservedNational English Toffee Day has been observed annually on January 8th.
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
Friday, January 8th, 2021
Saturday, January 8th, 2022
Sunday, January 8th, 2023
Monday, January 8th, 2024