Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Shaymee’s Toffee

imageHolly Moly! More toffee!

This stuff, Shaymee’s Aussie Toffee, isn’t actually from Australia, but made right here in California.

They boast about their real, all natural ingredients including organic cane juice and fresh butter as well as their genetic predisposition to great toffee on their website. They also list a long variety of flavor combinations for their bulk toffees: Dark Chocolate Macadamia (shown), Dark Chocolate Espresso, Dark Chocolate Almond, Milk Chocolate Almond and Milk Chocolate Pecan. They also have single serving packages that have three pieces (2 ounces) of the Almond in both Milk & Dark Chocolate.

imageThe wide array of nut combos have one thing in common, a hefty plank of sweet, salty and crisp toffee at their center. A good buttery (and chocolatey) scent combined with a good cleave of the toffee. The pieces were about four bites each for me. The were very buttery tasting with a mellow salty hit that kept everything in balance.

The nuts weren’t overly abundant in any of the varieties, but definitely gave a flavor definition to all of them. My favorite, even though it was milk chocolate, was the Pecan. The Almond was quite good, with a good nutty taste and a slightly crumblier texture than the others. Macadamia reminded me of coconut, it felt a little butterier. Espresso was dark and mysterious and quite tasty to have the bitter bits of coffee in the chocolate to balance out the sweet caramelized sugars. The quality of the chocolate was particularly good - mellow and creamy without even a hint of chalky grain.

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I supplied a large assortment of these to the family over Thanksgiving alongside the Charles Chocolates and everyone was duly impressed with both.

I love that the pieces are regular and dipped in chocolate. I much prefer that to the rustic broken planks that always seem to have the chocolate fall off of the last pieces in the box.

The best part about all these toffees is the price. You can pick up a half pound on Amazon for $7.19 ... less than $15 a pound for premium toffee? Sure the packaging isn’t as elegant as some others, but stuff it in a gift basket with some nice coffee or hot chocolate and someone will definitely love you. If I have a criticism it’s that all the toffees look the same when dumped out of the package. Once I mixed them together on a plate for serving to friends I completely lost track of which was which. (Of course as a good hostess I offered to bite everyone’s toffee pieces to discern the nut.)

You can also buy it in plenty of Whole Foods-styled stores all over the West. If you’re in the store and want some toffee, definitely give the single serve package a go.

Name: Nut Toffee Assortment
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Shaymee's
Place Purchased: samples from Shaymee's
Price: retail $7.99
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 120
Categories: Chocolate, Toffee, Nuts, Coffee, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:34 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I received a package of Shaymee’s Aussie Toffee for Christmas.  It was soo good, I would like to purchase more.  I am having trouble finding a store or an on-line web-site to purchase more.  Can someone please help.  Any information will be greatly appreciated.

    Comment by marian schoening on 1/06/09 at 9:47 am #
  2. Marian,

    I just replied you your email to Ramona Family Naturals.  If anyone else is looking for this product, we carry the milk chocolate and dark chocolate toffees in bulk packaging.

    http://www.ramonafamilynaturals.com/search-by-brand-s-shaymee-s-aussie-toffee.html

    Sincerely,

    Robert Bradley
    Ramona Family Naturals

    Comment by Robert on 1/06/09 at 10:47 am #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    marian - I just checked and saw it at my local Cost Plus World Market. Smaller packages than the 10 lb bulk that Ramona carries so not quite as good a deal, but perhaps some portion control!

    Comment by Cybele on 1/06/09 at 10:59 am #
  4. No fun to eat candy alone.  Portion control means sharing with friends.  smile

    Robert

    Comment by Robert on 1/06/09 at 11:01 am #

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