Panorama of ski slopes at winter, Steamboat ski resort, Colorado, United States
While living in Steamboat Springs in 2006, a friend made some toffee from a church cookbook, and knowing I love to cook, bake and experiment with my cooking, shared it with me. It was very good, but perhaps I could take it further…. I asked for the recipe, and began the whimsical trials to make a toffee that was indeed mind-blowing. Having achieved some success with high-altitude baking, I wandered a touch with some of the elements, experimented and came up with sweet almond symphony we have today. The fun part, I had no trouble finding friends and foodies who would test the toffee (and continue to do so in the name of quality assurance). It was with their encouragement, and perhaps their desire to have a ready supply of superior toffee that the Steamboat Toffee Company was formed. The summer of 2016 saw me moving to Denver (Littleton) full-time, and knowing I had a proven winner product in my hands, I launched a second brand — Red Rocks Toffee Company.
Our customers and friends claim that the most amazing attribute of our toffee, beyond its deliciously full almond flavor, is the texture. It’s even been described as fluffy. We think that’s wild. Cooking at higher than 7,000 feet elevation certainly has a huge bearing on the toffee being so special. Some toffee companies drop their products into a simple bag with minor adornments and, although very cost effective, it doesn’t fit with our idea of a product that has tradition and history.
Our Blue Ribbon
That is why our toffee, poly-sealed, then packaged in a crisp white box with a butter-yellow wrapper label, has a distinct clean look with a very traditional feel. Our wrapper label is made so we can easily swap out graphics with those of a customer’s. We put the customer’s logo/information on the top part of the label. Our co-branding has been appreciated by the forward-thinking customers who have made use of the service. Examples for this: corporate gift giving, business to business promotions, school/nonprofit fundraising, weddings and events of all kinds.
Yes, ours is truly BLUE RIBBON TOFFEE, our toffee was a blue-ribbon award winner at the Routt County fair, in northwest Colorado.
We’re happy to be approximately 7 miles from Red Rocks Amphitheater.
We sell our packaged product directly out of our location just off U.S. 285 and online, and the opportunity to meet our customers and make new friends, face-to-face and get their reactions and opinions, is certainly the best aspect. It is a thrill to learn how they are enjoying our toffee, getting our vibe, understanding our mission and grooving on how we do business. As people come in, we have been able to meet many of our neighbors from the foothills and beyond, and we are very encouraged by their helpful kindness. They have been thoroughly supportive.
It is our taste and texture that keeps our friends coming back for more and we certainly wish to keep those smiles happening.
I had never made candy of any sort until I began the experiments leading to this recipe of recipes. I’ve come to realize my inspiration for the toffee comes from my love of smoke cooking and BBQ, where flavors are bold, primary and uncomplicated and lean to the darker side of the spectrum. I cherish my friends and family, their care and love has sustained me through so much.
And finally, Thank YOU for ENJOYING our toffee and SHARING our passion. We certainly look forward to meeting you and SMILING!