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      25.05.2013 16:49
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      fantastic quality

      Thorntons assorted special toffee 250g bag at Pondland for ,wait for it............£1

      I just love any of the Thorntons chocs or toffees ,so when I saw these bags of assorted special toffees for only a £1 ,guess who bought a pile .

      Assorted Special Toffees contain
      original,Brazil nut,Treacle,,and Fruit and nut.

      The pack contains lumps of broken toffee pieces and it is recommended that you hit the bag sharply,before opening,this will seperate the pieces.
      If you are like me,you just rip the pack open without reading this,and then have to pull the clumps apart ,
      with your fingers.
      No real hardship ...............

      This product is suitable for vegetarians
      No gluten containing ingredients
      But they do contain nuts and milk .

      And when you put them in your mouth ,the hard toffee quickly turns to the unmistakable Thorntons creamy toffee flavour.
      The bag is big enough for sharing ,coming in at 250grams,or you could eat them all to yourself,like I did.
      Once you have one another one pops itself in your mouth,without you realizing it did.

      Altogether a fantastic product at a fantastic price.

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        25.05.2010 20:29
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        amazing as an occasional treat

        Thorntons Special Toffee is a high end, luxury toffee produced by the Thorntons company (Thorntons is the biggest independent confectionary manufacturer in the UK today). First produced in 1925, Original special toffee has now been joined by brazil nut, treacle, fruit and nut, banana, mint and chocolate covered, among others. It is available in various sizes - expect to pay around £1 for 125 grams or £5 for 625 grams.

        Thorntons original special toffee is easy to recognise - the easy to open bag is a light tan colour, with a colour picture of chunks of toffee at the top, 'original special toffee' printed in white on an orange background, and the tag 'tempting toffee lovers since 1925'. The toffee should be stored in cool, dry conditions and, unopened, will last for several months. The bag should also be tapped against a hard surface before opening to break up the pieces.

        Per 20 gram portion (be warned, that isn't very much) thorntons original toffee contains 102 calories, 11.7 grams of sugar and 5.9 grams of fat (of which 4.3 grams is saturated). This is definitely not a product that is going to help you eat healthily. That said, it is such good quality that as a treat it's second to none. The toffee is also suitable for vegetarians and those with a gluten intolerance.

        I love special toffee - it comes in various sized pieces, emphasising that it is made in small, individual batches. The taste is amazing - very rich, buttery, and with more than a hint of condensed milk. Just one warning - watch out for any loose fillings - the toffee is very, very sticky once it's being chewed and will pull them out in a moment.

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        26.02.2010 19:46
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        A toffee-lover's delight

        I don't eat an enormous amount of toffee, since an accident years ago has left me with a couple of artificial teeth, but I do take the risk every so often as I just can't resist the taste! So, when I sauntered past my local Thorntons shop recently and saw bags of their Special Toffee being sold off for a sensationally cheap 20p a bag (because they were only a few days inside their best before date; they're normally around 80p) I couldn't really resist picking up a couple.

        In spite of the description given on this site, these bags - at least the ones I purchased - are not 125 grams in weight; they're a mere 105g. I can't prove this, but I suspect that this is yet another example of the irritating trend to reduce pack sizes rather than increase prices in the (somewhat forlorn) hope that the poor benighted consumer won't notice. I'm afraid I have done so, Thorntons! Still, at the price I paid I shan't complain too much.

        The pack design is a pleasantly understated collection of light browns. It's not the same as the one shown here (the "Thorntons" logo is now at the bottom, and the handwriting has gone) but the colour scheme is still close enough that you'd probably recognise it even if didn't say "Special Toffee" in block white lettering on the front! This particular product has been made for more than 80 years now, having started life back in 1925, so Thorntons must be doing something right!

        For a change, the back of the pack actually contains some interesting material. For example, the fact that the toffee pieces tend to clump together inside is explained as being a consequence of the decision not to use any emulsifiers or stablisers; you can sort this out very simply, by tapping the bag before opening. The nutrition information contains no real surprises: this is clearly not a product for anyone who has to worry about sugar or milk intake. A theoretical serving of a quarter-bag (that little?) provides 136 kcal, 12.4g of sugars and 5.4g of saturated fat: again, this is not a health food, so no complaints please! This toffee is vegetarian (though obviously not vegan!) and it is also gluten-free, which is much to be welcomed.

        On opening the bag you are met by an extremely appetising buttery aroma (and I of all people should approve of that!) which is combined with the characteristic smell of condensed milk that all traditional toffee should show. The toffee chunks inside are of widely differing size, rather than being standardised to within an inch of their life; I approve of this and think it gives this toffee a nice hint of the really old-fashioned type of slabs that are broken with an actual toffee hammer.

        Once you've unstuck the chunks and popped one into your mouth... well, it's fantastic: there's heaps of butter and cream in there, which quickly spreads all around your mouth. Very, very sweet, yes, but if you expected a product making heavy use of condensed milk to result in anything else then you really need to take a reality check! The toffee is of a very good consistency, being hard - but, importantly, not rock-like - at first, but softening progressively after a few chews to something more akin to hardish caramel.

        When you've finished, and assuming you can resist the immense temptation to have just one more piece... or two... or three, the aftertaste lingers for a short time, especially right down in your throat. At this point there's a slight hint of something that might almost be called spiciness in the flavour, something which is not evident while the toffee is still in your mouth but which provides an interesting counterpoint to the intense sweetness that went before.

        I was very, very happy with this toffee, and only wish that it was so cheap all the time: I'd be back like a shot. Even at its usual price I think these things are very worthy of serious consideration, and while nothing can ever quite beat sweets from a genuine local sweetshop (something I am lucky to have near me) by the standards of large-scale manufacturers Thorntons have done a a sterling job here. Highly recommended!

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          15.02.2010 22:06
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          Best eaten in moderation - unfortunately

          Thorntons Special Toffee

          Description: 125g. Thorntons Original Toffee bag.


          Anyone who reads my reviews (thanks so much, as always, I really appreciate all reads, rates and comments!) will probably already know that I am trying to eat healthily and avoid treats or snacking. I over-indulged over the festive season and managed to put on a few pounds. I am now trying to lose these and prevent my jeans feeling snug, unfortunately, there are times when only a sweet treat will do and when Mr Siamese bought a bag of this special toffee as part of my Valentines day surprises, I couldn't wait to open it!

          The toffee comes in various sized packages and will cost from around £3 upwards. It is also available smothered in milk chocolate, which I can confirm is delicious!

          It is hard to explain how good this treat is. It comes in big assorted lumps and is very chewy so a piece lasts for ages. It isn't great for fillings though and I have friends who can't eat it for this reason. The taste is exactly what you associate with old fashioned toffees, rich and sweet. As soon as you open the bag or box, you will smell the sweet and mouth-wateringly good vanilla scent and the taste genuinely doesn't let you down. This toffee reminds me of the stuff that my grandma used to make, the soft and chewy texture is great, it isn't brittle like some toffees are, and it is gorgeously sweet.

          If you haven't tried this toffee yet then you really should, having said that, it is a little bit addictive and a bag doesn't last very long in my house, so I have to avoid buying it very often. Now and again, as a delicious and naughty treat though, this toffee is the best!


          Nutritional information per 100g is as follows;

          510kcal
          58.5g carbs
          29.7g fat (21.4g saturated)

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            22.06.2009 21:37
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            Visit thorntons for yummy special toffee

            Thornton's Special Toffee

            The product l am about to review is the same as the item listed, however the size is the much bigger boxed 650g version.


            Thornton's

            For a little brief information about Thornton's, the creators of my toffee, it may be useful to know that they have many, many, many, years of experience with making special toffee. The British company have been making special toffee for over 80 years now and the recipe they use is still much the same as first created in 1925 by Stanley Thornton (son of the creator Joseph William Thornton).
            Apparently there secret to delicious toffee is the fine quality ingredients and how and when they add the ingredients to the toffee as it cooks.

            Thornton's are also a chocolatier, selling a whole host of delicious chocolates. There first shop was in Sheffield in 1911. Even today they continue to create fine quality chocolates and have continued success.

            As a high street shop, they appeal to a great deal of people, and now sell a huge range of confectionary and gifts that appeal to a wide range of consumers. Thornton's has become a household name.



            Special toffee

            This delicious toffee is made under strict guidelines in copper pans, made with delicious brown sugar, creamy butter and golden syrup.

            On initial taste, you notice that this toffee is very rich. You can immediately taste both the creamy butter and golden syrup. The product is extremely sweet, and you only need a few small pieces to satisfy a sweet tooth.
            The toffee (unless kept refrigerated) is soft, so its not toffee that will break the teeth.
            The taste is delicious and after only one piece you will no doubt find you want more.

            I am not actually a huge toffee lover. In fact this box was brought for me, for my graduation day. I probably wouldn't have brought this myself. But having tasted it, l have changed my mind, and think it was an excellent gift. It really is a high quality product, which for me is a cut above all other toffee bought and tasted.

            Some may find the richness and the sweetness too much for a delicate mouth. But l suppose toffee is quite sickly. For me this doesn't spoil it at all, it just means you wouldn't want to eat the whole box in one sitting, if you did you would no doubt feel very, very ill.

            We opened this box last night. I'm not sure my partner had ever eaten Thornton's toffee before, and so his eyes lit up after his first taste. I had forgotten just how tasty Thornton's toffee is. The flavour reminds me of the delicate flavour of Worthy's originals, but the toffee is chewy and softer. Not too soft, but not unbearably crunchy either. The texture is perfect, and the appearance is light brown chunks. l expect this is the result of the brown sugar and golden syrup.

            The only thing that slightly annoyed me a little bit with this product is that it tends to come in a big mangled blob of sticky toffee that's all stuck together. This means it can be quite difficult to pull out a bit of toffee to eat. However it really is a small price to pay. I am told on the back of the box that the reason it clumps together is because they use no emulsifiers or stabilisers.

            Unfortunately as with any Toffee bought, you can expect them to be calorific! With every 25g there are 128 calories and 7.4g fat, and remember the box contains 650g.
            The product is suitable for vegetarians, and is free from gluten, but unfortunately they cannot guarantee it is completely nut free. So its probably best to exercise caution if you have a nut allergy.

            This product is priced around £5.50

            Final note

            So Special toffee is full of calories and fat, they come in a huge blob of toffee, which weighs rather heavy.... But they taste really good. I'm wondering why l don't buy toffee instead of chocolates more often. As it seems a really good gift, and its something different. I suppose you cant go wrong with chocolates, but l was delighted with my toffee. Thornton's toffee is a delicious treat, and they also do a range of other toffee, such as chocolate toffee, brazil nut, treacle, mint, banana and liquorice.
            I will definitely be buying this product in the future.

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              28.05.2009 00:25
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              Wonder what it would be like dipped in chocolate and deep fried???

              I wasn't planning on writing this (or any) review this evening. But having just scoffed an entire bag of Thorntons Special Toffee for no good reason other than 'it was there', I thought I'd briefly share my opinions, and thereby slightly lessen my gluttonous guilt by pretending to my other half that I did it in the interests of consumer research.

              I like toffee. Not a lot, but it's ok. I prefer chocolate though. This is therefore the reason that I spent a tenner yesterday on short-dated Easter eggs in the Thorntons outlet shop: 6 simple ones for a quid each, and one enormous toffee-choc egg complete with two bags of Original Special Toffee, reduced from (allegedly) £11.75 to £4. Having stuffed quite a large amount of the chocolate in my face already since the purchase, I made the sub-conscious decision to break into one of these bags this evening.

              According to the text on the back of the somewhat forlorn looking empty packet beside me:
              "The secret to Thornton's Special Toffee is the combination of finest quality ingredients, sourced from around the globe and the timing of adding them to the toffee as it cooks. The toffee is cooked slowly in small, individual pans, to develop the unique flavour."
              Sounds pretty darn tempting to me.

              ~~~ CONTENTS OF THE BAG ~~~

              I have a 125g bag of toffee here (well, actually I have a 'bag'; I 'had' toffee) and when I opened it, I found a variety of different shaped and sized pieces. Most of these were stuck together in large clumps but quite easy to prise apart. At a very rough guesstimate, I'd say there were a couple of dozen bits of toffee in the bag before I pillaged it. According to the wrapper, the clumping occurs because of the lack of emulsifiers or stabilisers in the recipe which improves the taste, texture and flavour (flavour is different to taste?). You're therefore advised to tap it firmly prior to opening to separate the pieces. Or as I did, just eat the clumps whole.

              ~~~ THE EATING EXPERIENCE ~~~

              The toffee is honey-brown in colour and quite soft and chewy. Not so soft that it's like fudge, but soft enough that when you bite into it your teeth slowly sink into it. Unless you deliberately bite it into smaller pieces, it will remain in one large lump in your mouth and gradually shrink as you chew it. Don't un-bite too quickly, or you may find yourself with a few less fillings, or even teeth: my dad directly attributes the loss of two of his teeth to Thorntons brazil nut toffee. But it's not brittle like some toffees - I suppose if you stored it in the fridge it may be, but at room temperature it's soft enough to bite into.

              I'm not particularly good at describing taste (a bit like describing a pain to the doctor:"it hurts"), but I'll have a go. It tastes like toffee. It's got a creamy, caramelly, fudgey flavour. For anyone Scottish enough to know what 'tablet' is...it tastes just like that but not quite as sickly. So I'm struggling with the flavour, but trust me: it tastes very, very nice. So very nice that as I mentioned, I ate the entire bag in about 45 minutes and I now have a very satisfying ache in my jaw muscles.

              ~~~ INGREDIENTS ~~~

              As mentioned above, this stuff is free from emulsifiers and stabilisers. I don't know what they are, but they don't sound good so thumbs-up to that. Additionally, they state that they do not use hydrogenated veg oils in ANY Thorntons products. I know enough about those to say that this is an even bigger thumbs-up. Further down the pack, we're also told that although the recipe may contain nuts, it is suitable for vegetarians, gluten-free, and alcohol-free (can't win 'em all I suppose).

              On the list of things that it does contain, the No 1 ingredient is... Sugar. D'oh. No 2 is...Glucose Syrup. Is that not another name for sugar? No 3: Vegetable oil (i.e. fat). No 4: Butter (i.e. more fat). Further down the short list, we find 'partially inverted sugar syrup'...they may turn it almost-upside-down, but it's still More Sugar in my book.

              Each 100g contains 510kcal, 58.5g carb which sugars and 29.7g fat (21.4g saturated). And now the shocking realisation: the bag that I've just eaten in it's entirity (about the same size as a standard packet of crisps) contained an almighty, diet-desecrating, gut-busting, bulemia-invoking 640 calories. 640!!! Oh s**t. Shall we work out how many Weight Watchers points there are in a bag? Shall we heck.

              ~~~ AHEM... MOVING ON... ~~~

              In the same way as most Class A drugs, this toffee is very moreish. I could eat another bag right now, although I may well die of instant-onset morbid obesity if I did. It's a lovely, sweet, tasty, creamy, smooth luxurious treat. But for those (me) who are watching (trying to re-discover) the waistline, avoid it like the plague as it is just far too full of the stuff that made you (me) fat in the first place. If you're one of those sickeningly lucky people who don't have a problem with their weight, then go ahead and scoff your trough.

              I'm tempted to drop it a star for the immensely fattening content, but it's not that much worse than chocolate, and it's not Mr Thornton's fault that I have a similar self-restraint/self-destruction balance to a lemming on a cliff-edge. So on account of the taste and the fact that all the badness is actually fairly wholesome, it's a full 5/5.

              Available from Thorntons shops, Sainsburys and other supermarkets in varying sized packs from £1-ish upwards. Also see:
              www.thorntons.co.uk
              Thorntons Direct: 0845 121 1911

              Enjoy!

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                11.02.2009 12:52
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                Thorntons Special Toffee

                Chocolate Heaven Since 1911

                Every birthday, Christmas, celebration and sometimes Saturday (just because it was a Saturday) my dad would have a box of Thorntons special toffee. If fact according to the Thornton's website the toffee is , "Deliciously rich and creamy, yet simple, just the kind of gift to be enjoyed by all ages whatever the occasion!"

                Thorntons is a chocolate company established by Joseph William Thornton in 1911 in Britain. The year of establishment has been used in one of their famous marketing campaigns, "Chocolate heaven since 1911." According to an article I read Thorntons now has nearly 400 shops and cafes and a turnover over £180m.

                Apparently, special toffee is often cited as one of their favourite products and with their Continental range of chocolates accounts for almost £80 million of Thornton's sales. It's easy to see why as in my opinion it is a great quality product with an even better taste.

                The name toffee apparently comes from the Creole word for a mixture of sugar and molasses. This is basically what toffee is, a confection made by boiling molasses or sugar (creating inverted sugar) along with butter. Thornton's special toffee is said to be still created using traditional methods made of a special recipe with the finest brown sugar, golden syrup and rich creamy butter carefully blended and slow cooked in copper pans. I have always found the toffee to be lovely and delicious. It has a lovely golden colour to it and each piece really looks inviting. It is quite hard toffee but once you get it in your mouth and chew it a bit it starts to get very chewy and is very juicy. It has such a rich, sweet taste to it as well but the nice thing is it's not a sickly taste.

                What I also like is that each piece has a different shape and size to it. They have obviously made it in a big tray and then probably taken a hammer to it and just smashed it so you end up with some very small pieces and also some really big chunks. This, in my opinion makes it really fun to eat as sometimes all you want is a little piece and sometimes you want a really big piece. The fact that they are not uniform in the box is great. It also makes it a bit easier to eat because sometimes the really really big pieces take ages to bite down in your mouth.

                The other great thing about the toffee is that you can buy it in a number of different amounts. They do little bags of toffee if you are just looking for a quick snack. They either have 125g bags or 250g bags which are not too expensive. The 125g bags are £1.15 and the 250g bags are £2.25. They also sell the toffee in boxes which come in either 550g or 650g for £5.50 each.

                I would have to say that the original is probably the best but the toffee also comes in so many different flavours so there is really something for everyone. Flavours include, brazil nut, chocolate covered toffee, banana toffee and mint toffee. Pick up a bag for yourself today!

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                  You know you want a bag!

                  Thorntons is a perfect example of a small business that has expanded and "made it in the big time." The first of the Thorntons shops was set up on a humble side street in Sheffield by a man named Joseph Thornton who at the time (1911) could not possibly have imagined the legacy that his small confectionary store would create for him. The business has remained in the Thornton family and it is only recently that the first non-family CEO was appointed. But over the course of the last century that family has been responsible for turning one small confectionary store into a multi-national, recognised brand that is known for premium quality products.

                  I have referred to Thorntons in an international sense but in actual fact, despite their huge success in the British market (becoming the U.K's leading manufacturer and retailer of chocolate) their forages into the European and U.S. markets have thus far proved to be relatively unsuccessful with nowhere near the turnover seen in the U.K. for their stores in the U.S, France and Belgium to name a few (perhaps they shouldn't take on the Belgians at their own game though!).
                  The Thorntons Product Range:

                  Thorntons are renowned for their range of specialist chocolates with everything covered from personalised gifts for every occasion to small individual chocolates to tempt those peckish passers-by (not that I would know anything about that....).
                  The majority of Thorntons sales are chocolate related with their boxes of chocolates being the most purchased product. This is to be expected but it is not so much of a formality as I had previously expected. Toffee (be it their "continental" or their "special" range) actually makes up about £80 million of the £180 million total turnover of Thorntons.

                  In the Special Toffee range there are 9 different flavours available. These are the flavours that are available to be enjoyed:
                  Original Toffee
                  Chocolate Toffee
                  Mint Toffee
                  Brazil Nut Toffee
                  Fruit and Nut Toffee
                  Orange Toffee
                  Banana Toffee
                  Strawberry and Cream Toffee
                  Liquorice Toffee

                  I have tried most of these flavours at least one due to my slight obsession with different types of toffee. I haven't tried either of the nut ones and I have certainly never been tempted by the liquorice flavour. Now, I have to confess at this point that, as delicious as the Special Toffee flavour is, it is not my personal favourite. Chocolate Toffee will always hold that honour! Although, in general terms I think that Vanilla Toffee has to be the best I have ever tasted and I am surprised that I have never seen this flavour on the Thorntons shelves!
                  My experience of Thorntons Special Toffee:

                  First of all, the packaging, this is the first thing you notice upon picking the bag up for the first time. Most notable is the fact that, unlike so many of Thorntons products, the Special Toffee are presented in a bag rather than a box. The bag may be simply to change the emphasis of the sale to personal use rather than presenting the toffee in a format suitable to allow their giving as a gift. This also allows the cost of the product to be kept to a minimum with less extravagant packaging. The quality of the bag is good; it is by no means a cheap, flimsy feeling pack but still must be cheaper than a box.
                  The second thing to be noticed when I am buying something that I know I probably shouldn't is the price and for a toffee of this quality I am pleased to say that they are very reasonably priced. I buy the 125g bags from my local Thorntons but I know they are available in other sizes dependant on where you purchase the bag from (Thorntons products are sold in supermarkets nationwide and the products are also available from approximately 180 franchises too). The price that I am used to paying is just 99p which in comparison to other types of toffee (even the bottom of the range stuff at our local sweet shop is £1.50 per 100g!) is very good for 125g.

                  The Ingredients:
                  Thorntons Special Toffee includes the following ingredients in order of highest to lowest % composition of the product (I have included my own input on the notable ingredients):

                  Sugar - I don't think that it will come as a surprise to anyone that the main ingredient of toffee is just.. sugar.. and this is what makes a) that beautiful taste and b) the product hideously bad for your weight, health and teeth!
                  Glucose Syrup - Used to soften texture and enhance the sweet flavour
                  Vegetable Oil
                  Butter - Dairy products aren't good news for those of us wishing to enjoy the taste but skimp on the calories..
                  Whole Milk - More dairy products!
                  Humectant (sorbitol) - Also known as "E" number E420 which is essentially a sweetener.
                  Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup - Another sweet syrupy ingredient.
                  Salt - Just to throw in another bad ingredient?!
                  Flavouring - Doesn't look great and it doesn't say which flavourings are included but then again it is reassuring that it is the ingredient which makes up the least of the finished toffee.
                  To back up the points made above in the ingredients section, the dietary information on the pack states that per 100g of toffee there are 510kcal and 21.4g of saturated fat which just goes to show how bad these are for people who have to be careful with what they eat. Especially bearing in mind that the reccommended daily intake of calories is 1940 calories per day for women and 2550 for men (according to UK Department of Health Estimated Average Requirements).

                  Conclusion:
                  To bring all of this information together, this is a product which tastes absolutely fantastic but of course, like all toffee products, has to be eaten in moderation due to the nature of the ingredients listed above! Personally I love the product and would wholly recommend that anyone who likes toffee should try this one - the other flavours are superb too. The taste is sweet but not quite sickly, rich and creamy but not sticky and messy and best of all is the smooth, melt in your mouth texture! Go on give them a go.. just once!!

                  Thorntons Contact Details:
                  Address - Thorntons, PLC Derbyshire, DE55 4XU
                  Customer Services - 0800 454 537
                  Thorntons Direct - 0845 121 1911
                  Website - www.thorntons.co.uk

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                  The absolute best toffee I've ever had, I am addicted!

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                  This Toffee is not for the Toffee Connoisseur!

                  ***Thorntons Original Special Toffee.***


                  ***Tempting toffee lovers since1925.***


                  Thorntons was established in 1911. From humble beginnings it now has an £180m turnover with almost 400 outlets Nationwide. Thorntons has become the UK's largest chocolate manufacturer.


                  ***Thorntons Special Toffee*** comes in two sizes.

                  The 250g bag which costs £1.99 and 125g bag which is priced at .99p. The bag is made of plastic, of Buttermilk colour. It has basic no fuss packaging and is vacuum sealed at the top and bottom. To the front you have the words 'Original Special Toffee', beneath this it states 'Tempting Toffee lovers since 1925'. To the top of the packet you have a picture of some small uneven slabs of succulent toffee. The appeal lying in the natural state of the un-sized Toffee.

                  And I must say the Toffee does looks very appealing in the picture. The bag has a run of arrows to the top showing where you tear to open. To complete the front of the packet you have 'Thorntons' and their tag 'The Art of the Choclatier'. All in all it does give forth the impression of a company that is expert at their art.

                  The Thornton's shop itself was laid out beautifully with a wide selection of Chocolates, Toffees, and cakes. It was decorated in neutral beige and had a calming quality about it. It gave forth the impression and feel of an old fashioned chocolate shop, with individual Chocolates which you can purchase to try, in any quantity, large or small surrounding the glass fronted counter. I actually bought two Champagne Truffles and two Summer fruit chocolates for £1.25. And my meagre purchase was handed back to me beautifully packaged. I do like their packaging and boxing on their products. It is made with care and well designed.

                  I also like the personal touch of the free cake decoration service you are offered, on cakes and Easter Eggs. It is a lovely idea and makes the product more personal when the gift comes with your name written on it in fondant, or 'I love you' for Valentines gifts.



                  ***Thorntons Original Special Toffee***

                  I found the bags of Special Toffee, I felt the bags and the toffee felt as if in big solid lumps, all stuck together, not in separate pieces.
                  I selected one of the packets and took it to the counter and handed it to the assistant for payment.

                  The shop assistant then proceeded to slap the bag of Toffee on the back counter really hard. I was quite bemused by this, not sure if I actually 'wanted' that bag any more. I wanted to go and change it for a bag that hadn't been slapped on the counter. She then did it again even harder! I was actually finding it hard not to say anything at this point, and I was beginning to feel really uneasy at what I was witnessing. She only went and did it again! :O I was now getting just a little bit angry, and couldn't wait to get out of the shop. It was not a pleasant experience!

                  As I was leaving, the 'reviewer' in me asked the question " Why did you do that with the Toffee?" Knowing I would want to share with you, her answer. "To break the Toffee up she said" Now surely that would be up to the individual whether they wanted their Toffee smashed up or left in great big lumps. I asked her if she had been told to do that. She informed me she had. So Management had been informed to tell their staff to do this, presumably from higher up. I was beginning to think there must be some fault with this Toffee already. And I was soon to discover what this was...

                  ***On opening the packet your nostrils are assaulted by an overpowering aroma of sweetness, a sugary fudge smell. To be honest it smells quite sickly. Now I love Toffee, but I was not liking the very sweet smell of this product. I put my hand in the packet to choose a piece to taste, and my hand met a Massive lump of sticky toffee. The Toffee was all stuck together in a clump of pieces. Now the Toffee itself is not actually that hard, and I could easily tear a piece away from the huge pile I had found.***

                  Already I am not liking the softness of the product. I prefer Toffee to be hard, but Thorntons Special Toffee is actually quite soft. In comparison; much softer say, than a Toffo. It's more like a mixture of Fudge and Toffee I would say. And it felt quite rubbery when tearing away the piece I chose.


                  ***On tasting the Toffee, I take a small chunk to taste, and it is indeed very soft as soon as it is in the mouth. It is quite chewy, but in a way you would chew Fudge, and it does actually taste like a combination of fudge and Toffee. I wouldn't say this product could remove a filling, it simply isn't hard enough, but it does attach itself to, and in between your teeth. So I would recommend brushing your teeth after eating the Special Toffee. It just might save a visit to the dentist! It is sticking to my palate a little, but not for long.***

                  And I am now wondering why the shop assistant needed to slap the Toffee on the counter. It isn't brittle, therefore it is not going to break up into pieces. The Toffee is very creamy and too sweet I feel; much too sweet, and it also has a tart tang to it, coming through after the sweetness, and it has left a strong after taste of sugar in my mouth. And now ten minutes later the bitter/sweet taste is still with me.


                  ***The Ingredients listed to the reverse of the packet are:***

                  Sugar-Glucose syrup-Vegetable oil-Butter-Whole Milk- Partially inverted syrup-Sugar syrup-Salt 0.29g- And Flavouring- Unfortunately It doesn't state which kind of flavouring.

                  It also contains Humectant Sorbitol.

                  Sorbitol is used together with sugar to increase shelf-life. The function of Sorbitol is to stop the sugar becoming hard . It also helps to improve softess, taste and texture In butter creams, and the additional benefit is enhanced flavour. Also Sorbitol may be used in diabetic chocolates. Sorbitol IS from the E family: Being E420.

                  Which is why the Toffees I purchased yesterday have an eat by date of Feb 2008.

                  Thorntons do not use Emulsifiers or Stabilisers in their Special Toffee, and this is why It clumps together, I have just read this on the back of the packet. So now I know!


                  ***Suitability***

                  Suitable for vegetarians; Gluten free recipe. Alcohol free recipe.

                  ***WARNING***

                  May contain Nut trace!!

                  Thorntons have been making Special Toffee for over 80 years. And the recipe today is the same recipe used in 1925 which was created by Joseph William Thornton. The Toffee was cooked slowly in small pans to develop it's unique flavour, a practice they still adhere to today.


                  My Summing Up.
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                  Though being a Toffee lover, I do have to say I did not like the flavour, or the texture of the Special Toffee, though I did like the creaminess when broken down in the mouth. The aftertaste really was very lingering also. I didn't find the way the Toffee clumped together very attractive, and having to pull and stretch a piece off the mass, left my fingers very sticky.

                  And with 128 Calories per 25g portion, it is a bit high on the calorific content. I also need to know what flavourings are included; Most important!! I would feel this needs to be addressed and added to the list.

                  Although this product is not for me, I am recommending it, as taste does vary from person to person.

                  Other Special Toffees in the Thorntons range are:
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                  Original Toffee
                  Mint Toffee
                  Banana Toffee
                  Orange Toffee
                  Strawberry and Cream Toffee
                  Chocolate Toffee
                  Liquorice Toffee
                  Brazil Nut Toffee
                  Fruit and Nut Toffee
                  And Orange Toffee


                  Availability.
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                  Thorntons Toffees can be purchased from many Supermarkets, or from one of their many franchises nationwide. They currently hold about 180 in England alone. Also take a look at their Website. They have a wonderful range of products where you can order a product or gift of your choice, which they will then deliver for you at a charge.


                  I feel the pricing of their Special Toffee is good value at:

                  250g - £1.99
                  125g- £0.99p


                  If you need to contact Thorntons details as below:

                  Contacting Thorntons

                  Website - www.thorntons.co.uk

                  Customer Services - 0800 454 537

                  Thorntons Direct - 0845 121 1911

                  Address: Thorntons PLC, Thornton Park
                  Somercotes. Derbyshire. DE55 4XJ.



                  Thank you for reading.
                  PRINCESSPUSSYCAT 2007

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                  125g. Thorntons Original Toffee bag