Made in the South: Dottie’s Toffee

December 11, 2013 | By | Comments (0)
Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

As a young boy in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Nick Belmont watched as his grandmother Dot whipped up her buttery toffee, a holiday gift for friends, family, and her husband’s colleagues in the state senate. Many years later, after trying his hand at careers in building, real estate, and landscaping, Nick and his mother decided to take his grandmother’s treat to the masses. Originally sold in Spartanburg grocery stores, her sweet-and-salty toffee, packaged in charming retro-inspired tins, soon became a culinary cult favorite and a growing number of shops and specialty stores were craving more. Today you can find Dottie’s Toffee year-round, but, just like the folks at the South Carolina state house, we’re especially sweet on it during the holidays.

The Process
“During the holidays, we churn out close to 100 pounds a day, seven days a week in our Spartanburg kitchen. Each batch is packaged by hand.”

The Recipe
“It’s nearly identical to my grandmother’s, dating back to 1976, but we use butter instead of margarine. We also added sea salt.”

The Name 
“My grandmother was my biggest fan. Before she passed away in 2011, I promised to not give up on selling her toffee.”

The Packaging
“Charleston’s Fuzzco designed the packaging with a 1970s vibe in honor of the era my grandmother first made the treat.”

Gift a tin (or two) this Christmas and use code SL Reader for 20% off online until 12/31/13. Prices range $2.50-$39; dottiestoffee.com 

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