Exotic treats are not what you commonly expect to find on the candy rack of the local gas station. And though exotic might be a bit lofty when describing Toffifay (known outside the US as Toffifee), its unique nature compared to its store shelf neighbors definitely makes it stand out.
I recall first running across this Storck product when I was young. I wasnâ€™t a very big fan back then of toffee (unlike today) and avoided this odd confection at first. But the curious looking box the candies came in intrigued me, particularly the beautiful rendering of the candy on the front of the package that didnâ€™t appear to be toffee-like at all (which itâ€™s not).
Imagine my surprise the first time I opened the package. The box is open at the top with paper enveloping all sides. Once you push your thumb through the paper and pop open one side of the box you discover a golden plastic tray hiding inside with four inch-wide cups each containing an individual Toffifay piece.
Once you fish out a Toffifay you marvel at its strange shape, an inch-wide bowl of caramel filled to the brim with creamy chocolate hazelnut filling and topped with a generous button-like dollop of chocolate. The secret ingredient that complements this concoction is a whole hazelnut resting within the chocolate hazelnut filling at the bottom of the caramel bowl. The mix of chewy, creamy crunch with the swirl of complementing flavors makes for a delicious treat that easily places amongst my personal top candies.
Eating Toffifay is not only a delicious endeavor, but it is also fun! You can eat them straight, forcing the cream and caramel and nut into a mish-mash of flavor and texture that is enjoyed as a whole. Or you can eat through each layer individually, slowly excavating through the chocolate and cream to the hazelnut. My personal favorite, though, is to place the Toffifay like a dome on my tongue, slowly allowing the chocolate and cream to melt until the hazelnut presents itself. With four Toffifay in a package, itâ€™s easy to practice variety when enjoying this snack.
Toffifay is not always easy to find. Many big stores donâ€™t seem to carry it, although Iâ€™ve found one chain of department stores in my area that actually stock the 15 piece box. Itâ€™s not a store I go to often and Toffifay has become my chief purchase there in the past year and my main reason for venturing through their doors. Everything about Toffifay, from its unusual packaging down to its oddly compelling composition and design help it stand out from the candy throng. Topping its mysterious nature is its relative obscurity amongst most people, making Toffifay a rich and rewarding treat for those who are in the know.
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