April Update: Announcing New Locations!

We've been busy this past month and are unbelievably excited to announce new locations where you can find Tombo Toffee! Here's the complete, current list of our amazing retail partners:

Oakland
- Mulberry's Market (http://www.mulberrysmarket.com/)   
- Rockridge Market Hall (http://www.rockridgemarkethall.com/) 
- Village Market (http://villagemkt.com/)

Berkeley
- The Local Butcher Shop * NEW (http://thelocalbutchershop.com/)
- Market Hall Foods on 4th (http://www.rockridgemarkethall.com/) 

San Francisco
- Bi-Rite Market * NEW (http://www.biritemarket.com/)
- Woodlands Market * NEW (http://www.woodlandsmarket.com/)

Tiburon
- Woodlands Market * NEW (http://www.woodlandsmarket.com/)

Kentfield
- Woodlands Market * NEW (http://www.woodlandsmarket.com/)

Isleton - The Delta
- The Delta Farmer's Market * NEW (http://deltafarmersmarket.com/)

We're so grateful to have a home in these markets and we'd love to keep the momentum going! If there are other locations where you'd like to see Tombo Toffee, please let me know. In the meantime, please shop these markets and support all of the local farmers, producers and makers around the Bay.

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On April 27-28, 2018 we'll be selling our toffee at the annual Heart of the Home Tour in support of the Children's Support League of the East Bay. We'll be at the Piedmont Community Center from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on both days, along with a variety of other vendors.

CSL is an all-volunteer organization that raises funds mostly through the Heart of the Home Tour to support a variety of non-profit agencies that benefit disadvantaged children, newborn to age 18, in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Its purpose is exclusively charitable, and over 90% of the money raised on the Tour goes directly to these agencies.

For more information, here's a link to the event FAQs. I'd love to see you there!

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"Is bourbon gluten free?"

At last month's Chocolate Salon in San Francisco we featured our No. 8 - Bourbon toffee for the first time. And for the first time I was asked the question, "Is the bourbon you use gluten free?" I'll admit it never crossed my mind that it wouldn't be, but since then I've realized it's actually a very good question. And a tricky one to answer.

As a starting point, the discussion boards on www.celiac.com are filled with posts from people who have found a way to happily enjoy bourbon in their lives. It's filled equally with those who can't tolerate a single shot and suffer the consequences. I also found a "Gluten Free Whiskey List" posted on www.urbantastebud.com that I thought was golden but alas, alongside some of the brands is a notation that says "don't drink if allergic to gluten." Um, say what? The best article I found is from www.verywell.com. It explains, in the simplest terms, that even though gluten proteins from grains including wheat, barley and rye, are removed during the distillation process, traces may still remain in the final product.

I reached out to the makers of Bulleit bourbon, the brand we use in our toffee, and here's what their Director of Consumer Care, North America told me: "Bulleit Bourbon has NOT been verified to be gluten free nor do we claim it to be gluten free. If you have any concerns related to consuming this product, we suggest that you speak with a doctor."

So, is bourbon gluten free? My best answer is a solid "it depends." But I can now clearly say that our Bourbon toffee is not, at least for the moment. Toffee is such a treat for people with gluten intolerance my quest to find a high quality, gluten free bourbon has begun. I might need a cocktail for this.

Tombo Toffee Voted "Top Toffee" by Judges at San Francisco Chocolate Salon

At the 2018 San Francisco Chocolate Salon on Sunday, March 11, 2018, Tombo Toffee was named "Top Toffee" by Salon judges. The company earned its second Gold medal rating at this Salon, coming on the heels of its first Top Toffee rating at the Fall/Holiday event in November 2017. Tombo Toffee also earned a Silver award as the "People's Choice" for Top Toffee at the March Salon.

For more information and complete award details, please visit:

http://www.sfchocolatesalon.com/san-francisco-international-chocolate-salon-2018-awards-announced/

 

Tombo Toffee Wins 2018 Five Star Master Chocolatier Award

ANNUAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

The International Chocolate Salon Awards for the Best Chocolatiers and Confectioners in America are based on the combined total number of Gold and Silver Awards received by each entrant in the previous year's TasteTV Chocolate Salons in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Sacramento, and Fall (SF), as well as in the standalone Chocolate Salon Award Competitions for Best Caramels, Toffees, Bars, Truffles, White Chocolate, Best Hot Cocoa and Drinking Chocolate, Vegan Chocolates, Spicy Chocolates, Top Design and Branding, and Best Bridal Chocolates.

For more information: http://www.internationalchocolatesalon.com/best-chocolatiers-and-confectioners-in-america-2018/

 

Sweet News to Share

NEW LOCATION: Market Hall Foods on 4th!

Join us February 10th!

This Saturday, February 10th from 1-4 p.m. we'll be at Market Hall Foods on 4th in Berkeley in celebration of chocolate! Sample some of our most popular flavors and pick up a bag or two for the special Valentine in your life. We'd love to see you there!

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Stay tuned for more updates on new locations where you can find Tombo Toffee. We had a very successful showing at last month's Good Food Mercantile in San Francisco and have exciting news on the horizon!

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In honor of my son's 11th birthday today, this month's recipe is from his favorite food group: donuts! Instead of making or buying a traditional birthday cake, I served these round beauties stacked high on a cake stand, complete with a simple glaze that made them sweet but not overly so. The glaze also acted a bit like glue and held the stack together nicely. I know it was his birthday, but I got a present, too, when his eyes got big and his face lit up when I showed him the final result. Note to self: Donut cake = serious mom points.

The recipe I used happens to be from King Arthur Flour and isn't intended to be an endorsement. I found this recipe easy to follow and these cake donuts are faster to make than those that require yeast. I made two batches, one vanilla and one chocolate. To make the chocolate donuts, I simply replaced 1/3 cup of the flour in the recipe with 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, and it worked great.

I used a small/medium sized donut pan but with Valentine's Day right around the corner, consider making heart-shaped donuts or experiment with other fun shapes. Whoever you make them for, I'm sure their face will light up, too!

Until next month, 
Lisa