tof·​fee ˈtȯ-fē How to pronounce toffee (audio)
variants or less commonly toffy
plural toffees also toffies
: candy of brittle but tender texture made by boiling sugar and butter together

Examples of toffee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More of a rich and buttery toffee than Park Avenue blonde, Jolie’s glossy new hair color – accentuated by a bouncy blow dry–looked the epitome of health and (ahem) wealth. Lauren Murdoch-Smith, Vogue, 22 Feb. 2024 Inside are an assortment of milk and dark chocolates including Peanut Butter Crunch Bombs, sea salt caramels, toffee bites, bon bons, Flying T’s and truffles. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 8 Feb. 2024 Runners and bussers carry out the intricate footwork of service: bending down to adjust a fish knife, raising a silver cloche, ironing a crease out of a starchy white tablecloth, holding a silver ladle high in the air as a blue trickle of flaming rum pours down on a wedge of sticky toffee pudding. Pete Wells, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Browned butter and an option splash of bourbon or dark rum lend a special touch to the creamy toffee frosting. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 3 Oct. 2023 They’re designed with the same cushioning and arch support as the brand’s other slippers and are available in black, natural leopard, and toffee — but not for much longer. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 Today, Jim and Renee’s son Eric does the majority of the cooking, making toffee or peanut brittle in accordance to the original recipe (some of the latter gets crushed and applied as a coat around caramel apples). Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 8 Feb. 2024 Dunkel tapping at Port City Brewing A proper German dunkel is a wonderful winter beer, with chocolaty malt, toffee and caramel notes, without being too sweet. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 Six decades of aging has imparted an intense oak and leather nose, balanced out by sweet floral aromas, layered with oak and rich toffee on the palate. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


alteration of taffy

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toffee was in 1825

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“Toffee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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variants also toffy
ˈtȯ-fē How to pronounce toffee (audio)
plural toffees also toffies
: candy made by boiling sugar and butter together

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