Mackintosh Toffee vs. Taffy

Pop quizs are never fun but candy pop quizs usually are…Let’s try this one on for size.  You’re walking down the street and meet a stranger who will give you a $100 bill if you can answer the following question:  “…what is the difference between taffy versus toffee…”  Would you have the $100 in your right pocket, left pocket or not have it at all?  Well, this is your lucky day.  They both start with the letter “T” and have brown sugar or molasses in the ingredients list – but what about the “B” letter.  That’s right – butter.  Surprised?  Thought so!

Taffy, especially salt water taffy, was never my favorite – but Nestle Mackintosh Toffee – well, that’s another story…Taffy may be “pulled” – even slapped around in the back room of the candy factory – but Nestle Mack Toffee is an entirely different story.

Taffy may be pulled by hand or machine, but toffee is smoother in texture by adding butter.  Pop one in your mouth and give it a minute (or two…) – starts to soften and the rich creamy flavor is released.  Pretty neat?  You betcha’…

Toffee also benefits by the addition of other ingredients such as chopped nuts and chocolate – the ultimate “C” word.  Check out the formal definitions at

Definition of Taffy: Taffy is a pulled candy. Taffy begins as a sugar syrup that is boiled to soft-crack stage (270-290 degrees) or hard-ball stage (260 degrees). Candy cooked to soft-crack will be brittle and hard, while candy cooked to hard-ball will be slightly softer and stickier. The resulting mixture is cooled slightly, then pulled, folded, and manipulated until the texture is smooth and chewy.  The unique pulling method used in making taffy results in a candy that is much lighter and airier than other sugar syrup candies like lollipops. The pulling motion incorporated tiny air bubbles in the candy that result in a satiny sheen and a light texture. Because of all the handling, recipes for pulled taffy must include a large amount of corn syrup to act as an interfering agent and prevent crystallization.

Definition of Toffee: Toffee is a candy formed by boiling a sugar syrup to a high temperature, usually soft-crack or hard-crack stage. Toffee usually has a hard, slightly chewy texture and a rich taste that is gained by adding butter to the sugar and water in the sugar syrup. Other common additions to toffee are roasted, chopped nuts and chocolate.

Ready for the Holidays?  Itching to get into your kitchen and prepare a batch of cookies

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

with some toffee pieces in them?  Toll House cookies are a Holiday tradition at my house – and if I ask nicely, the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer will make me happy when they use Nestle Mackintosh Toffee pieces.  Better yet – bake a batch and leave some out for that fat guy in the red suit!

Santa Likes Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies Too!
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