The History Of Toffee Has Six Highlights And Possible TheoriesThe History Of Toffee Has Six Highlights And Possible Theories

The origin of the term toffee is very unclear and debatable, however some of the people believe it comes from the world "tafia."In the Creole language, toffee is said to mean "a combination of sugar and molasses.Among other interesting facts are: How the word "toffee" is said to refer to toffee's characteristics. How a 19th century confection is thought to have evolved into English toffee. And that many toffee varieties now exist.

Almonds compose English toffee which has a distinctively butter taste to it. This sweet candy is popular all over the world and comes in various forms. There are soft chewy variants of Michigan toffee and there are harder versions that may be covered in chocolate and nuts. English toffee has an unclear history and because of this there has been a significant amount of discussion regarding its origin. Food historians can pinpoint some highlights in its history.

No one is sure where the term came from or what it really means

The word toffee was first published in the Oxford English Dictionary in the year 1825. But, several of them believe that the term existed before it was included in the dictionary even though there are no particular accounts of the exact time it first appeared. Additionally,there not much details about the origins of the term and subject to much debate.

There is an opinion that it was derived from the word tafia

One theory proposes that it may have come from the word "tafia," which is a West Indian rum concocted from molasses or sugarcane juice. Cheap rum was used to flavor candies and was unaged.

The word toffee in Creole means sugar and molasses

The word toffee mean "a combination of sugar and molasses" in the Creole language.Food writer Harold McGee reiterated this claim, but did not identify the Creole language to which he referred.

Its name was developed by using its key characteristics

Toffee originated with toughy or tuffy because of its texture. The phrase likely originated from a British dialect of the south.

It has been said that a 19th century confection is what brought about English toffee

In the early 1800s, sugar and treacle prices were brought down by slave labor. As a result, the key ingredients needed to create toffee became widely available to average consumers and in large quantities. Seeking a frugal solution, these two english ladies combined these two ingredients, with success. These can be compared to the English toffees that we enjoy today. The primary priciples to making toffee are stirring and boiling cream and sugar then pooring butter into the mix.

There are now many toffee varieties

Over the years, the basic toffee recipe has evolved into different variations. Flavors like almond and vanilla are commonly used but lemon, peppermint and coffee are also quite popular in old-fashioned toffee recipes. A number of confectioners include milk chocolate as well as milk, dark and white candy chips. A variety of nuts, such as chopped pecans or walnuts, are often added to toffee. Oatmeal and marshmallows are added to give the final product a unique flavor.

Despite all the debate and uncertainty surrounding toffee's exact origins, it continues to be a delectable treat that many people all over the world enjoy for themselves or give as gifts to their loved ones.
by Danica Reynes
References and Bibliography
Have the taste of the high quality Michigan toffee by checking out
Rated:NR/0 Votes
Add To My Article Reading List
Add To My Article Reading List
Print Article
More Article By Danica Reynes
More Article by Danica Reynes
More Articles From Recipes
More Articles From Recipes
Related Articles and Readings
Vanilla Rum Toffee Chip Homemade Ice Cream Recipe By: Laura Warnke
No reason to settle for just vanilla ice cream when there are so many great flavors to sample. This recipe for vanilla rum toffee chip ice cream combines the great flavor of rum with milk chocolate toffee chips. It is a wonderful combination of flavors and offers just ...
Michigan State University - Center of Learning & Excellence By: David H. Urmann
Michigan is one of the most developed states in the United States The name Michigan is derived from the French adaptation of the Ojibwe word Mishigama which means "large water" or "large ...
Libraries Vanishing in Michigan Schools By: Patricia Hawke
More and more schools have had to make the hard decision to either keep or cut out the schools library The sad thing is, that's the schools first thing they think of when making budget ...
Three Handmade Sweet Present Suggestions Everybody Will Adore By: Danica Reynes
Some of the most unique and truly delectable handmade candy gift ideas perfect for any age and occasion include rum truffles, assorted-shaped and chocolate-coated white chocolate, and peanut butter rice krispies Nothing can please a candy lover ...
Finding Michigan Beach Lodgings By: Richard Rspad
If you are planning a Michigan beach vacation, Lake Michigan is the place. Here is an overview on your options.Finding Michigan Beach LodgingsLake Michigan is the second largest of the Great Lakes of the United States. In fact, it borders four separate states: Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Lake Michigan ...
The information provided in this article and/or the comments is the sole responsibility of their respective authors and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of  does not endorse any article and/or comments published by our web users unless otherwise noted. 

Member Panel

login to submit articles and more


  • » Active Categories: 419
  • » Active Articles:252603
  • » Active Authors:31917
  • » Active Members: 38237
  • » Statistics Updated:
    - Tue Sep 1st, 2020 09:28AM EST