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What is the shelf life for homemade toffee? (recipe: equal parts butter and sugar, and vanilla paste - no chocolate or nuts). I've tried researching, and have found answers ranging from "several weeks" to eight months.

Also: in your opinion, how would the addition of bacon affect the toffee's shelf life?

asked by campagnes over 6 years ago
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added over 6 years ago

Re my Scottish Toffee recipe on the site and my blog, I have made at least 20 batches per year for the past 20 years - honest! This is totally out of control, I admit. Freeze it for 6 months, keep it in your fridge for 3 months. The stuff just lasts and lasts. I have experimented...My problem is updating my holiday toffee list and keeping the hungry hordes at bay ;) I don't have leftovers.

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added over 6 years ago

The shelf life for toffee is a long one, at least six months if stored in a tin lined with waxed paper and if it's not exposed to temperature extremes that could cause condensation.

I don't think the addition of crispy bacon would shorten the shelf life: there are many companies that sell and ship it, and if you check ingredient lists from these places, like Vosges, the candy isn't made from anything you can't pronounce.

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added over 6 years ago

3 months? Ha!

6 months? bah!

Every year a good friend and I make a big batch of toffee exactly like what's pictured above for a holiday party he throws. Usually a pound of it gets left in my fridge and I have to admit, I get sick of it and sits there until the next holiday season.

A few years ago my then brand new-girlfriend (now wife) came over, found the then 15 MONTH OLD toffee in the fridge and went to town. The entire pound of it was gone within 2 weeks.

Needless to say:

1. I married her.

2. Toffee will last over a year and still be quite tasty.

3. She now no longer allows me to keep any of the toffee we make -- she can't resist it.

Happy holidays!


P.S. Here's the lovely wife so you can see that the toffee had no adverse affects. ;-)

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