What’s the Difference between English Toffee and Almond Roca?
English toffee and Almond Roca are pretty much the same thing. While English toffee describes a hardened caramel topped with chopped nuts and chocolate, Almond Roca refers to a brand name for the same treat.
Brown & Haley Co. from Tacoma, Washington has been making Almond Roca since 1914. In the United States, Almond Roca has become synonymous for English toffee. Almost everyone grew up eating toffee wrapped in gold foil out of their instantly-recognizable pink tins. In our home, we offered either Almond Roca or See’s Candy to hosts inviting us over for a special occasion. Once we broke the seal on the Almond Roca, we knew the toffees would not last long.
Making English Toffee at Home
Last Mother’s Day I decided to make a batch of English toffee for my mother, who absolutely loves it. She likes almost anything made with chocolate and almonds together. I knew she would love this treat.
I have made caramels loads of times, yet not in the past few years. It was fun playing around trying to get the right taste and consistency. Although many recipes for English toffee are available, most contain corn syrup, palm oil, or some other ingredient I did not want to use.
In the end, I reached a product that was just perfect. The English toffee created had the right amount of crunch. The caramel, chocolate and nutty flavors blended together in a way that would wow whomever ate it. My mother loved the English toffee. So did the other members of my family. You might think that of course a mother will say her son’s candy is wonderful. Well, that’s not always true. My mother has told me several times that she does not like something I’m testing out. She’ll make a face or just blurt out what she’s thinking.
A couple months later I tried out this English toffee recipe again on a group of guests. Last July I hosted a cooking lesson – dinner for 7 guests, who registered through Meetup. Most of the guests were complete strangers to me. We cooked together my Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese. As we were spending our evening preparing this delicious dish together and then eating it, I wanted a simple dessert that could be made in advance and please a general crowd. I decided to make this English toffee, which can be made in about 30 minutes!
My guests reacted the same way as my family. They absolutely loved the English toffee!
Try it for yourself to see how good this English toffee really is. You don’t have to wait for a special occasion, as it’s so easy to make. Your family and friends will surely help you eat it.
In addition, this English toffee will make an ideal holiday gift for someone. Whoever receives this toffee as a gift will appreciate the taste as well as the thought and effort it took to make it. All you need to do is arrange the English toffee in a pretty presentation, using baking paper or foil and ribbon.
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English Toffee Made at Home