tof·fee | \ˈtȯ-fē, ˈtä-\
variants: or less commonly toffy
plural toffees also toffies

Definition of toffee 

: candy of brittle but tender texture made by boiling sugar and butter together

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It’s as sticky as English toffee, nutty as a pecan log, and served hot and fresh in small batches finished on the smokers. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Texas Pride Barbecue," 29 June 2018 The nose is mostly toffee and pepper, so there’s no surprise when there’s a lot of licorice and cinnamon on the taste as more rye comes through than anything else. Will Nevin,, "WW #97: Imagination, moxie and the magic of 'Metal'," 6 Apr. 2018 Fike said Di Bruno’s Black Lava cashews, toasted in toffee and sprinkled with Hawaiian salt, complement Gouda’s taste as well. Allison Steele,, "What makes a good cheese plate? A how-to for amateurs," 10 Apr. 2018 Critical Adjustment is a tropical stout — a little sweeter than a typical stout — with tastes of dark chocolate and hints of toffee. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vennture Brew Co. brings coffee and beer to Washington Heights neighborhood," 11 July 2018 The sticky toffee pudding, though a touch cloying, hit the spot. New York Times, "At Black Ivy in Edinburgh, Little Luxuries and a Big Breakfast," 15 June 2018 Bread pudding crowned with with toffee sauce and bourbon butter. Lauren Delgado,, "Disney Springs forming limited-time bourbon trail," 27 Apr. 2018 Desserts include sticky toffee pudding and pineapple gelee cheesecake. Devra First,, "Your 20-ounce prime chateaubriand is ready for its closeup," 7 June 2018 Save room for sticky toffee pudding: 430 Hudson Street (Morton Street), 646-590-0640, Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "North 3rd Street Market Opens in Williamsburg, Brooklyn," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of toffee

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toffee

alteration of taffy

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: a hard, sticky candy made by boiling sugar and butter together

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