Friday, February 11, 2011

Walkers’ Nonsuch Treacle Toffee

Walker's Nonsuch Treacle ToffeesA few years back I was introduced to Walkers’ Nonsuch Toffees courtesy of my Candy Blog efforts. It’s a British toffee product that’s more akin to American caramel than the hard toffee we’re accustomed to in the States. They come in a wide variety of flavors and even a few formats (bars that require a smack & unwrap approach to individually wrapped nuggets).

I was really excited to visit the Walkers’ Nonsuch booth at the ISM Cologne candy fair and was gifted this lovely bag of one of my favorites: Walkers’ Nonsuch Treacle Toffee. I’ve tried it before in the bar format and was more than pleased. I haven’t, however, been exposed much to their nuggets. Much of the time, I prefer candies that are well packaged, and twisted wrappers on something that’s vulnerable to moisture like caramels meant that I stuck to the sealed bars. But a trade show is a place where I’m confident that the candy is fresh and well treated.

Walker's Nonsuch Treacle Toffee

Treacle is a syrup made from sugar cane and is basically just a bit lighter than Black Strap Molasses.

The pieces are soft and satiny, a thick medallion about 1 inch to 1.25 inches in diameter. The chew is soft and smooth, like a fresh caramel. The buttery notes are evident right away but most notable are the deep toasted sugar notes of molasses. There’s very little bitterness or metallic aftertaste like I notice with some molasses candies. Molasses does have a high mineral content and this can be evident to even untrained palates. It’s a little salty with coffee notes and even a touch of deep cocoa. Other earthy flavors flit in and out, like beets and licorice and ginger. Overall it’s nutty, like pecans or Brazil nuts but has an exceptionally smooth chew.

I love these. I got one full bag at the ISM Show, which are extremely fresh with an expiry date of December 15, 2011. I really hope I can find these somewhere in Los Angeles in the future (but I’ll be content with the bar format) because they’re already gone. For people who love rich caramel chews with the deep flavors of molasses, these are a must.

Related Candies

  1. Walkers’ Nonsuch Liquorice Toffee
  2. Walkers Nonsuch Roasted Hazelnut Toffee
  3. Molasses Pops
  4. Darrell Lea Licorice & Ginger
  5. Walkers Nonsuch Toffee
  6. Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:14 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewWalkers' NonsuchCaramel9-YummyUnited Kingdom

  1. This is my #1 favorite non-chocolate candy, but they are surprisingly difficult to find.  And usually when you do find them in the US, they are a little stale and much more difficult to chew—still taste amazing, though.

    If you have a Fresh’n'Easy nearby, sometimes they seem to get Tesco rejects—including Walkers Toffee—and at good prices, so just keep your eyes peeled…

    Comment by ruffy on 2/11/11 at 3:07 pm #
  2. Cybele,
    Other than Fresh ‘n’ Easy as mentioned, any other ideas for getting any Walker’s Nonsuch products in LA?  India Sweets and Spices was my go-to for a long time but they haven’t had any for a long time now.  I would love to know if there is a shop with a reliable stock.

    Comment by Ace on 2/13/11 at 3:24 pm #
  3. Ace, this is the place that Cybele originally recommended to me and they always seem to have peg bags of Walker Toffee in stock:

    not quite LA, but not too far!

    Comment by ruffy on 2/13/11 at 4:11 pm #
  4. I have been searching for a black licorice toffee that i remember from my childhood. It came in a box approx. the size of a cigarette box. I think it was silver, maybe withnarrow black diagonal lines - at least I know the licorice toffees were wrapped individually in foil papers with narrow silver and black diagonal lines.
    Does anyone familiar with this and know where/if I can still get it?

    Comment by Kathleen on 3/31/11 at 6:32 pm #
  5. Cybele's avatar

    Kathleen - Is it Oatfield?

    Comment by Cybele on 3/31/11 at 7:00 pm #
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