Friday, November 18, 2011

Farrah’s Original Harrogate Toffee

Farrah's Original Harrogate ToffeeI don’t think I’ve ever encountered a candy origin story quite like this before: The Original Harrogate Toffee was designed to clear the palate of the putrid taste of Harrogate’s Sulphur Water, famous in the 19th century for it’s healing properties.

Think about that for a moment. A candy was invented to cover up the taste of a drink that most of us would consider poison. (I’ve lived in an area with sulfur water before, we didn’t drink it.)

There’s no mention on their history page about the disposition of the Harrogate’s Suphur Water.

Farrah's Original Harrogate Toffee

I bought my first tin of Farrah’s Original Harrogate Toffee (the larger of the two tins) back in 1995 when I first visited London. I picked up a few varieties of British-style toffee and this was the closest to what American’s think of as English Toffee. (That’s another long and convoluted thing I’m not going to get into right now.)

The tins are classic and honestly why I bought the candy both times.

Farrah's Original Harrogate Toffee

The smaller tin holds 3.5 ounces, which ended up being 10 pieces of candy. The little toffee blocks were inside a cellophane pouch and wrapped individually in waxed paper twisted at the ends. Each piece is a little over a third of an ounce.

The ingredients are natural except for the flavoring. It includes lots of different kinds of sugar: sugar, glucose, cane sugar, demerara sugar, brown sugar, butter, soy lecithin and artificial lemon flavor.

Farrah's Original Harrogate Toffee

The candy is a cross between hard candy and toffee. It’s mostly sugar but has a nice note of butter to it, which also gives it a cloudy appearance and interesting “cleave” when crunched. It’s sweet and has mild burnt and toasted sugar notes and a light kiss of lemon zest. It’s quite different from most other toffees or butterscotches.

The price is a bit much, but I assume I was paying for the tin. It was $5.99 for the teensy thing with its handful of candy in it. But it’s nostalgic and classic and the tin has a hinge on it and will likely find a spot in my desk for binder clips or flash drives once the candy is gone.

My desire for this may change if I find myself drinking a lot of sulfur water.

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Name: Harrogate Toffee
Brand: Farrah’s
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Glendale)
Price: $5.99
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 120
Categories: Candy, Toffee, 7-Worth It, United Kingdom, Cost Plus

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:30 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewToffee7-Worth ItUnited KingdomCost Plus

  1. My husband got a small tin of this from a coworker for X-mas.  He isn’t a fan, he was expecting butter toffee that tastes like butter, but I really like it.  I got the taste of lemon right away.  I found it a bit odd at first but as it dissolved it was quite nice.  Wish the pieces weren’t so thick.  It’s hard to roll it around in your mouth.  I wouldn’t dare bite the candy with my, mostly crowned, teeth!  smile
    I would rate it “Tasty”!

    Comment by Lisa on 1/07/12 at 6:40 pm #
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