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Toffee Treat

Put a little crunch in your holidays.


Martha Schuster


The secret is the butter: Janet Long doesn’t scrimp when it comes to flavoring her popular Elaine’s Toffee, which she cooks at a secret temperature to ensure the candy is both crunchy (but not too crunchy) and soft (but not so soft it sticks to your teeth).

For years, the recipe—perfected by Long’s mother, Elaine—was treasured by friends and family who were lucky enough to get a batch during the holidays. Then Long, a Clayton resident, decided it would be the perfect thing to sell at a fundraiser for her kids’ elementary school. She discovered the demand was overwhelming, and rented time in a local kitchen to make more.

Now, four flavors are made by Elaine’s Toffee Company in a factory and sold in shops across the Bay Area. But the business remains family owned, and you can still get Elaine’s Toffee in Clayton at The Royal Rooster, the town’s sole gift shop. Ask the staff to gift wrap a few boxes, and you can check a bunch of holiday shopping off your to do list. Available at The Royal Rooster, 1028 Diablo St., Clayton, (925) 672-2025, theroyalrooster.com; elainestoffee.com.

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