Toffee Talk Speaks for Itself
Cousins, best friends, sisterly love, a Hawaiian 50th Birthday Party, and a cherished childhood recipe was the inspiration behind Toffee Talk, an artisan, award-winning confections company. Catherine Hughes and Ellin Purdom had successful careers in the Real Estate and Investment worlds, but a trip celebrating Catherine’s 50th Birthday with 12 of their closest friends brought a different sort of flavor and richness to their lives. Through many long talks, these friends recommended that Catherine use her Godmother’s Toffee recipe to start a new career.
Using high quality ingredients like, Guittard Chocolate, Toffee Talk is made in small batches over hot burners, is hand broken, hand wrapped, and “made with love” as quoted by Ellin. Furthermore, the toffee is all natural, gluten-free, with no additives, and has a shelf-life of up to 6 months.They sell five Toffee Products: Almond Toffee, Pecan Toffee, Red Walnut Toffee, Peanut Toffee, and Crumble Mumble. The Red Walnut Toffee receives a lot of buzz because Catherine and Ellin use a rare breed of red walnuts that are grown in California.
Crumble Mumble was an accidental discovery, where instead of giving bags of leftover pieces of toffee away, they decided to jar-it-up and present it as a new product line. These “little pieces of conversation” make for a crunchy frozen dessert topping. Ellin told us about how she likes to include it on top of cheesecakes, while Catherine recommended using the Crumble Mumble in yogurt as a sweet breakfast option.
Catherine explained that the grind of the brick and mortar store was not meant for them, so their product can be found at selected speciality food stores and easily purchased on their website. Toffee Talk with it’s fancy themed ribbon and bows is a real treat for special events like: weddings, showers, birthday parties, and holidays. Catherine and Ellin are talking the talk through employees at Google with a monthly order of 10,000 pieces.
Since 2009, Toffee Talk has won a series of respectable awards such as 2012 “Best Toffee in America” from the Taste Awards, 2012 Gold Medal winner for San Francisco Taste TV International Chocolate Salon, Best Toffee, and Traditional Chocolate for 2011 Napa International Chocolate Salon.
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