English Toffee Day
January is English Toffee Day. Whilst no-one is sure when
toffee was first made in England, it is thought to have become popular
in the latter part of the 1800s.
This would make sense due to the fact that in England, sugar and treacle
were expensive commodities until the late 1700's when slave labour in
the colonies enabled plantation owners to harvest sugar cane and refine
Toffee is a confectionary or sweet, which is traditionally
made by boiling sugar and/or treacle until the mixture thickens sufficiently to
set. There have been a variety of toffees made in England for centuries
ranging from brittle to soft, light to dark, with nuts, without nuts, with
treacle, without treacle, with raisins, without raisins, pulled or poured.
However it's made, it has been a firm favourite of the
nation but perhaps one of the most iconic versions is Everton Toffee, which is a
brittle type named after a town in the North-west of England, near Liverpool,
which has an interesting history.
In 1889 A Mrs Bushell owned a toffee house called
Ye Anciente Everton Toffee House which was located close to home ground of
Everton Football Club. Mrs Bushell used to sell vast quantities of her
toffee to the football fans who came to watch Everton play in the new Football
League at the Stanley Park ground. She did a good trade. However in 1892
the Club moved to a new ground at Goodison Park leaving Mrs Bushell and
her toffee behind.
However, despite a rival toffee shop near to the new
ground which was owned by a Mrs Noblett founder of the Everton Mint (sorry
that's another story for another time), Mrs Bushell, determined not to lose
business, got permission from the senior officials at Everton FC to distribute
her "Everton Toffees" inside the ground before the matches - a tradition
which has lasted through the years. Indeed, Everton football club's
nickname is The Toffees.
Below are two recipes for English toffee for you to try.
They make a nice home-made gift at Christmas......or any other time of the year.
Happy Cooking !
Everton Toffee Veg CD Confectionery English
30mins plus setting
Treacle Toffee Veg CD Confectionery English 30mins plus setting