About Our Toffee
Toffee…..Buttercrunch…..what’s the difference?
Ingredients! Buttercrunch is made with butter and sugar - that's it! And that’s what creates it’s characteristic texture; crisp and tender. Toffee recipes vary and many of them add brown sugar, corn syrup and water. These additional ingredients prevent some of the problems encountered with making toffee but It makes a harder, almost brittle, candy. Buttercrunch made with only butter and sugar is temperamental and persnickety to work with but it tastes SO much better! At Louella’s we make only buttercrunch. It’s takes more effort but one taste and you will agree it’s worth it!
So....if it's really Buttercrunch why do we call it Toffee? Marketing - Toffee is a more familar word to most people.
What about food allergies?
Our candy can be enjoyed by almost everyone. No corn syrup, chemicals or preservatives are used. With the exception of the Oreo variety, it’s completely gluten free. Obviously, people with nut allergies should avoid the varieties that contain the nuts that are a problem for them. The Sweet and Savory assortment pack was created specifically for people who can’t eat any nuts at all. It was originally called “No Nuts” but people told us they sounded…well…never mind. You can check the ingredient list for each variety or contact us for more specific information.
What kind of chocolate do you use?
A high quality semisweet compound chocolate that's about 53% cacao. It seems to work for everyone and, most importantly, compliments the toffee nicely. The varieties that are not covered with chocolate are topped with a rich vanilla candy coating.
Do you ship?
Yes, however shipping in hot weather can add to the shipping charges since we have to include materials to ensure the candy arrives in the same condition it left in.
Do you make a sugar free version?
No. Honestly, it just doesn't work and the ingredients used in sugar free candy are nasty.
Where can I find you?
If you are reading this you already have! If you want to come for a real visit you can find us at 10800 Airport Road, Sonora, CA. We are less than a mile from living history in Columbia State Historical Park www.visitcolumbiacalifornia.com in the scenic foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Step back in time in Columbia, a real town still functioning as it did during the gold rush!
I can't make up my mind, what's the best kind of toffee?
All the varieties have their own fan club! The best way to find your favorite is to get an Enjoy Them All assortment pack! In the meantime, here is more info that might help. As you can see, we use only simple, high quality ingredients and, with the exception of Almond Buttercrunch, all of our recipes are proprietary. You won't find them anywhere else!
Almond Buttercrunch - Louella's original recipe and still the best seller. Our Almond Buttercrunch makes English Toffee and Almond Roca feel bad about themselves.
Ingredients: butter, sugar, chocolate and almonds.
English Walnut - The same basic recipe as the Almond Buttercrunch with waluts instead of almonds.
Ingredients: butter, sugar, chocolate and walnuts.
Hazelnut Mocha - Imagine hazelnuts and chocolate with a splash of espresso.....as rich and decadent as it sounds! Ingredients: butter, sugar, chocolate, hazelnuts and espresso powder.
Salted Chocolate - A blue ribbon winner at the local county fair! Salty and sweet, people love it!
Ingredients: butter, sugar, chocolate and HImalayan pink sea salt.
Coconut Cashew - Coconut is a universal favorite and the addition of buttery cashews make a delicious tropical treat! Ingredients: butter sugar, chocolate, cashews and coconut.
Peanut Butter - Peanuts and chocolate are a classic combination, now add buttery buttercrunch.....ridiculously rich!
Ingredients:- butter, sugar, chocolate and peanuts.
Sassafras Pecan - People say it tastes like pecan pie with a splash of root beer.....buttery to the max!
Ingredients: butter, sugar, pecans, vanilla topping and sassafras tea.
Moroccan Pistachio - Traditional Moroccan spices make this exotic and unique. You have never tasted anything like it!
Ingredients: butter, sugar, vanillla topping, pistachios and traditional Moroccan spices.
Gingerbread - Familiar warm spices make this a favorite, especially with the weather gets chilly!
Ingredients: butter, sugar, spices and vanilla topping.
Chipotle - Yes, this has a kick to it that sneaks up on you.....positively addicting!
Ingredients: butter, sugar, chocolate, corn chips and spices.
Oreo - Turns out that everyone's favorite cookie and everyone's favorite candy taste even better together. Who knew?!Ingredients: butter, sugar, Oreo and vanilla topping.
Bacon - Stop laughing, it's wildly popular!
Ingredients: butter, sugar, chocolate and Bacon Bits.