Darling Sweet founders share their toffee tins
A mixture of caramelised brown sugar and butter, toffee had been enjoyed for many years before The Oxford English Dictionary published the word in 1825 and identified it as ‘taffy’.
In the 1830s, when it was discovered that food could be safely stored in metal packaging, cookies and chocolate were sold in tins. By the late 1800s, British toffee makers started offering their products in tins as were notable early manufacturers such as Mackintosh (1866) in Halifax, Yorkshire, and Walker’s Nonsuch in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England, founded in 1894.
From the early 20th century, toffee makers brought out collectable tins with sentimental imagery such as vintage cars, puppy dogs and royalty.
Famous South African brands include Sharps, Wilson’s and Kilty’s Toffees. Most of these small private manufacturers are no longer around, or in some cases have been bought out by international food brands.