Mackintosh Toffee Bars Are Everywhere – But Not For Shirley

Yes – we still get emails about where to buy Mackintosh Toffee Bars.  Here is a recent email sent to us by Shirley A. on May 29, 2014 who was traveling near Sault Saint Marie, Ontario and was frustrated by the lack of Mack Toffee Bars in that “neck of the woods”…Read on…

“…On a recent trip to Ontario, (I’m from B.C.) I was driving from North Bay to Sault St. Marie, with my sister and stopped at a convenience store in a small town along the way and discovered the Mackintosh Bar – OMG, we bought 6 of them and ate them all, the taste is just like the good old days, when we were kids and would buy them and they would last all threw (sic) the movie, at our age 70 & 73 the only thing we worried about was losing are teeth….Why haven’t I found them in B.C. yet?…”

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Is Shirley Still Looking For Mackintosh Toffee Bars

Our answer?  We still can’t understand why a major “player” in the candy and chocolate business like Nestle Canada has such a hard time getting their product out to regional and local grocery and confectionary distributors so that EVERY convenience store in Canada can have Mackintosh Toffee Bars out for sale near the cash register.  Toffee bars are my preferred “impulse purchase” for less than $2.00 or so…Bottom Line?  Don’t give up easily.  Those “classic” toffee bars are worth the wait.

So what was the most obscure place that you have purchased your Mack Toffee bars in Canada?  Drop us a line and let us know.  Shirley needs your help!

Another Nestle Big Mackintosh Bag Size Is Back In Town…again

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Whoa!  The “Big Brother” of Nestle Mackintosh Toffee pieces has now arrived.  Previously, the “first born” was just a 170 gram poly bag with individually wrapped pieces.  That seemed like a good deal until Big Brother showed up last month.  We can only guess why the new bag size increased by almost 45 percent.  But, If you are a fan of the individual pieces of toffee, then it’s a good deal.  More toffee pieces is always a good thing.  However, Nestle Canada really doesn’t want to give you any choice in the matter.  The Whiz Kids in their Marketing Department also made a few “graphic tweaks” to the outside of the bag so the classic Tartan style will still be popular during the Christmas Holiday season.  However, the bigger bag might require YOU to buy a larger Christmas stocking to be hung with care in anticipation of the Fat Guy in the red suit.

So, if you have a few extra minutes while strolling down the candy aisle – take a look and see if your favorite store is now stocking Mackintosh’s Big Brother – 246 grams of Nestle Mack Toffee goodness.  Pick up a few bags and pass them around.  The chances of running out of toffee is now 45 percent lower!  We have no idea how long the smaller 170 gram bag will be available – so take this opportunity to stock up now.

Mack Toffee Hits The Road – In Canada That Is…

Neslte Mack Toffee Box - Contains 4 individual toffee bars

Wow!  I think just scored more than the Buffalo Bills, which is really not that hard to do…but I digress.  This week I purchased my first package (well, actually FIVE for friends and family…) at a Rexall Drug Store in Niagara Falls, ONT.  The Sales Clerk observed that many other happy customers were walking out with a similar classic Tartan plaid package all week.  Kinda’ hard to explain why a candy giant like Nestle Canada would ignore the large Big Box stores with higher sales volumes – but who can argue with the Sharp #2 Pencils boys back in corporate.

Nestle-Mackintosh-Toffee-BarsPricing seems to be a bit aggressive at $7.00 for box of 4 bars – I hope they are not trying to take advantage of all of those Boomers with fading memories.  Remember your first girlfriend?  Probably.  How about your first kiss?  Most definitely.  But do YOU really remember your first Nestle Mack Toffee Bar?  Probably not!  And that is what I mean when I say Nestle is bringing back those “sweet toffee memories” from the past.  I plan of putting aside my box of Mack Toffee bars until T-Day.  What better gift to share at a Holiday dinner table than pieces of dee-licious Nestle toffee that came from a Smacked Mack.  I just hope to remember my toffee bars in my fridge the night before.  Right next to Tom Turkey who may weigh in at 25 pounds or more! T-Day-Turkey

Enjoy the upcoming Holidays – but enjoy your Nestle Mackintosh Toffee bars even more!

Your Nestle Mack Toffee Is Back – Almost…

 

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And yet another customer testimonial from Campbellford, Ontario.   Perhaps the Rexall Stores have jumped ahead of the local Niagara Falls toffee market.  As the Doctor once told me – “”…just take two toffees and call me in the morning…”

My Doctor went to medical school so he probably knows what is good for me.  I am off to The Falls tomorrow morning to investigate further.  The package size [ 4 bars ] seems reasonable and the retail pricing [ somewhere around $7.00 is not too bad either.  Now the Big Question is:  Did Nestle make enough mackintosh toffee bars for the Holidays?  One can only hope!  Let me know of any other sightings in your area.

Mackintosh Toffee Is Now IN the pipeline

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Nestle Mackintosh Toffee bars are almost here

Well, I got some Good News and some Better News.  O.K. – let me give you the Good News  first – the return of the Nestle Mackintosh Toffee BAR is not just a rumor.  Yes siree Bob – this classic toffee is now under production.  Unfortunately, the sharp pencil people in the Nestle Marketing Department have actually decided to delayed the scheduled product launch.  Perhaps their regression line did not have the correct slope or perhaps, they just did not want to run out of the Good Stuff the very first day…Now that would be embarrassing!

The Better News is that the revised “retail release” date is somewhere around November 11th – so you just have to wait…a bit more.  No smoke.  No mirrors.  Just Mack Toffee.  But the Jury is still out on the taste, texture and price.  I am sure that the Mack bar will be available both as a “single” item or in a multi-bar package.  I hope that Nestle has done their home work – this product will be under G-R-E-A-T scrutiny by both Boomers and other Old School(ers)…

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Save some of your Mack Toffee for the Pilgrims and Indians

So start now and check your fillings, crowns, implants and other sensitive dental work – that DEE-lightful toffee is almost here for the Holidays.  Perhaps you should pick up a few extra Mackintosh Toffee bars and get ready to hand them out to the Pilgrims or the Cleveland Indians, whoever shows up first!

Mackintosh Slappers Rejoice – Mack Toffee Relaunch Is Here…Almost

Attention Mack Toffee fans – your life is about to get more interesting!

Nestle Canada is now shipping to their regional warehouses…so, you can expect your wholesale supply chain to begin to fill up mid-October with the retail pipeline soon to follow after that.  And just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.  I have to assume that Christopher Columbus Day (that would be October 14th for those folks who don’t have any skin in USA game…) would be just a tad too early.  But you never know.  Mr. Columbus may have sailed all the way across the Atlantic – possibly in search of Mackintosh Toffee.  You never know…and Chris ain’t talking…

There really isn’t any way to hold their feet to the fire (that would be the appendages from Nestle Canada) – but those rumors about the mid-October Mack Toffee BAR re-launch is getting more traction from the Ontario wholesalers.

Slapping those Macks might make the 2013 Holiday season just a little bit more fun for those Mack Slappers that like to spend time in the kitchen making those tasty Christmas cookies….or is it those tasty Thanksgiving cookies…or is it those tasty Columbus Day cookies.  Slap Your Mack

Life is Good – but Nestle Mackintosh Toffee bars make it just a little better!

Nestle Mackintosh Toffee Memories

Well, I just wanted to let Pat know that we received your comments. It seems that there is a hint of holding something back.  No, we are not part of the Nestle Canada confectionary empire and we certainly are NOT pushing the toffee pieces while hoarding the World’s remaining supply of the “classic” Mack Toffee bar.  We have no hidden agenda.  Pat – we just wanted to let you know that we have NOT walked into (or out of…) the International Peace Garden. Music camp must have been enjoyable, but the Mack Memories apparently were unforgettable. No that is why we do the things we do.  Making the World (or just North America…) just a little bit better.  Mack Toffee pieces are what is left of some great candy memories.

To quote Pat’s comments submitted on January 27, 2013: “…I have fond memories of walking from Lake Metigoshe (church camp) in ND to the International Peace Gardens on the US Canadian border just to get a case of the MacIntosh (sic) toffee bars. I remember the taste, and the little individual pieces don’t do it! Do the right thing and bring back the real thing…”  

Historical Site of Nestle Mackintosh Toffee Bars ??
Historical Site of Nestle Mackintosh Toffee Bars ??

Looking for the International Peace Garden? Well, if you plan on arriving between November and May – we suggest a warm sweater and a good pair of boots! Dunseith, North Dakota can be a little nippy that time of year.

The Good News:
The International Peace Garden was established in 1932 and was designed to symbolize friendship between the United States and Canada. The gardens are located on the 49th Parallel, between the ports of Dunseith, North Dakota and Boissevain, Manitoba.

Can This Be The Hidden Mack Treasure Map ??
Can This Be The Hidden Mack Treasure Map ??

Reflecting pools and dazzling colorful floral displays of over 150,000 flowers splash across the grounds of the Formal Gardens and terraced walkways. The park is open year round but experiences the highest traffic volume in the summer. In past years, the International Peace Garden has received approximately 150,000 visitors annually.

The Bad News:
U.S. citizens traveling south upon exit from the Peace Garden who satisfactorily establish to a CBP officer that they entered the Peace Garden from the U.S. are not required to present a WHTI-compliant document. However, all non-U.S. citizens departing south from the Peace Garden will be considered applicants for admission to the United States and will be required to present an approved travel document such as a valid passport, NEXUS/FAST card, Enhanced Driver’s License or a U.S. Permanent Resident Card.

The Old News:
The bar or slab style of the Nestle Mack Toffee has gone away. It won’t be back. Let it go! As my Grandmother once told me…Do you want 100 percent of nothing, or 90 percent of something good. Granny was right! Sign me up for the Nestle Mackintosh Toffee pieces – at least I have something to work with when I bake cookies during the Holidays. Life is good but Nestle Mack Toffee makes it even better…

Cooking With Granny !!
Cooking With Granny !!

Mackintosh Toffee = Hard Crack – Not Real Crack!

O.K. – let’s toss a few factoids onto the kitchen table.  Yes, most candy has a lot of sugar in it.  However, the texture of the finished product will be affected by the actual sugar concentration.  Just heating a water and fine sugar mixture – and as the water evaporates, the remaining sugar concentration increases.  I have just vague memories from my Chemistry 101 class way back in 1968 (most likely because it was an 8:00 AM lecture and it was hard to stay awake, but that’s another story for another time…) – the main idea to take away is that the boiling point of any sugar solution rises as the concentration of the solution rises.

Therefore, at a specific temperature range, the concentration of the sugar mixture changes (generally increases).  Bottom Line?  High temperatures equals greater sugar concentrations.  And this situation leads to hard, brittle candies versus lower temperatures that produce softer candies.  Take a gander at the table below – from what I see, Toffee is created by higher temperatures versus caramel which is created by lower temperatures.

You can’t argue that the Nestle Mackintosh Toffee pieces in the 170 gram bag are marked as “toffee”.  If you want to toss the “caramel” noun around just to confuse the issue – then go to it.  I will always be a BIG fan of the Mack Toffee no matter what the actual shape they sell it.  My recommendation is try the individually wrapped pieces.  You can’t buy the bar or slab style any longer.  However, you will always have your memories.  Me?  I would rather have the toffee pieces.  100 percent of something in my pocket is a whole lot better than just some old memories.  Remember: You can’t eat your memories – but you sure can eat (and bake…and enjoy…) Nestle Mackintosh Toffee pieces!

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Temperature

Sugar
concentration

thread
(example: syrup)

110
to 112 °C (230 to 234 °F)

80%

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ball (example: fudge)

112
to 116 °C (234 to 241 °F)

85%

firm
ball (example: caramel candy)

118
to 120 °C (244 to 248 °F)

87%

hard
ball (example: nougat)

121
to 130 °C (250 to 266 °F)

90%

soft
crack (example: salt water taffy)

132
to 143 °C (270 to 289 °F)

95%

hard
crack (example: toffee)

146
to 154 °C (295 to 309 °F)

99%

 

Toffee Is Delightful at Night

Chocolate Toffee Pecan Cookies

Football may be a Team Sport – but when it comes to spending quality time in the kitchen – there is nothing better than teaming up with creamy Nestle Mackintosh Toffee, toasted pecans and chocolate flavor.  This classic “Triple Play” produces a rich and tasty chocolate toffee pecan cookie.  Sorry – you have to provide your own tall glass of milk!

Add Mack Toffee for an even better cookie!

Chocolate Toffee Pecan Cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder [you reduce to 4 tbls. if you have your Sweet Tooth somewhat under control during the Holiday Season…]
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick at room temperature)
6 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely chopped toffee [we suggest using Nestle Mackintosh Toffee pieces – cool or chill, then toss them into your food processor but try to keep them somewhat coarse]
1/2 cup toasted pecan halves, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS
Heat oven to 350°F and place baking rack in the middle.  Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.  Mix ingredients completely to break up any lumps. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Combine the butter and sugars in the bowl.  Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the egg and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.  Reduce mixer speed to low then add the flour mixture – mix until the dough comes together.  Add the chopped toffee pieces and pecans – continue to mix until ingredients are evenly distributed.  Scoop the dough by rounded tablespoons and place 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake until the cookies are set around the edges but still soft to the touch  – about 9 to 11 minutes.

Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before removing the cookies from the baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining dough.  Cool, then store the cookies in an airtight container to maintain their soft texture.

Call your neighbor over to “taste test” your latest creation!   Better yet, give them a few Nestle Mackintosh Toffee pieces to take home.   Spread the Good Word – Mack is Back!

Where To Buy Mackintosh Toffee

add-to-cart-3  Many people are looking for something they will never find (again…).  Sound familiar? Thought so! Sometimes you just have to let a “classic” go – for example, I sold my beloved green 4-door 1955 Chevy for $400 back way back in 1975 to pay my rent. Boy, what a mistake that was! That vehicle was probably recycled into a kitchen appliance by now…but I can’t cry over spilled milk….it’s long gone now.

However, you won’t believe how many people spend all day, or night or possibly forever searching the Internet for the classic slab (or bar) form of Mackintosh Toffee.  Remember Juan Ponce de León from 6th Grade history class?

Searching For Mack Toffee or perhaps just the Fountain of Youth?

He wasted a lot of time looking for the Fountain of Youth.  Yes, he did finally make it all the way to Florida, but it certainly didn’t make him any younger.  On the other hand, YOU can spend a lot of time looking for that classic bar of Mack Toffee – but you might as well help Juan keep looking for that fountain. It’s not around anymore!

Need a Plan “B” ?  Then we suggest you order Nestle Mackintosh Toffee individually wrapped pieces now sold by Nestle Canada. This is a great option…and your only option in 2012: individually wrapped pieces in a 170 gram poly bag. Great outside graphics with a snappy red color scheme, but the payoff awaits you INSIDE the bag. Creamy, delicious Canadian toffee just for you.  Our web site visitor log records the search terms visitors to our site have used in the past year. Consider these examples:

“macintosh toffee”
“macintosh toffee bags to bars”
“macintosh toffee bar”
“macintosh toffee bar grams”
“macintosh toffee bar size in ounces”
“macintosh toffee bars”
“macintosh toffee bars weight”
“macintosh toffee bars weight how much”
“macintosh toffee in Canada”
“mack toffee bar”
“mack toffee pieces equivalent to 1 bar”
“mackintosh toffee bar”
“mackintosh toffee weight”
“mackintosh’s toffee bar”
“mccintosh toffee bar:
“where to buy macintosh toffee”

O.K. – I think we can all agree that many of these folks will never win a Spelling Bee – but it’s easy to see what they really want. Perhaps you have a favorite family recipe you need to re-create. Everybody has their own reason: could be you need to convert from grams to ounces for a Holiday recipe, or just need to buy Canadian toffee for your best girl (or boy) friend.

Mackintosh Toffee is always popular around the Holidays – and I never met a cookie recipe that didn’t benefit from a last minute addition of finely chopped Mackintosh Toffee pieces sprinkled on top for the last 2 minutes in the oven.  We suggest you order a bag (or two, or three, or four…) of Nestle Mackintosh Toffee pieces. They may have new (and smaller…) shape and bright new packaging – but unwrap one today and you will see that Nestle toffee gives you the same flavor, texture and consistency you remember as a kid.
Just what your Dentist ordered: not too hard – not too soft – just right! Unwrap a piece, kick back and enjoy the Classic Canadian toffee flavor made by Nestle Canada.

Bottom Line? You don’t have to be a Canadian to enjoy “mack toffee”.
Hey! If anybody gets a chance to see Juan Ponce de León on your next trip to Florida, you might want to mention to him that he might have more success looking for Mackintosh Toffee from Canada. I am sure it’s much more enjoyable than a poison arrow in the leg!