Brandini Toffee tastes like it was made by your sweet little grandma-ma…buttery, comforting, and chock full of love. All true, except for the grandma-ma part. Quite the opposite in fact, the company was started by (then) high school freshmen, Brandon Weimer and Leah Post, in order to raise money for a school trip to Italy.
As you can tell from this photo of the young entrepreneurs at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, they reached their goal! One bite of their decadent confections and you’ll understand why.
Generously thick toffee that crumbles into the perfect texture, a smooth layer of rich dark chocolate, and a sprinkling of roasted almonds…
The final contribution to the recipe was from Don Calendar of Marie Calendar’s fame after trying an early version. “This is what took our toffee to the next level,” explains Leah Post, “but we can’t tell you what that is.”
Within six weeks Brandon and Leah sold enough toffee to family, friends and their community to pay for their tickets and spending money.
Their unexpected success prompted them to enlist their parents to help build the company. The two families contribute to the business. Leah’s father designs the packaging and manages the website. Her mother is in charge of public relations and oversees events. Brandon’s father manages sales and production. His mother is in charge of shipping, accounting and staffing.
And now that Brandon and Leah (who, by the way, have been best friends since preschool – I know, could this story get any friggin cuter?), are in college, their younger sisters are holding down the fort and saving some money of their own for college.
One of the things I love about toffee is how so few ingredients (butter, sugar, a touch of vanilla) can be utterly transformed into something so delicious!
Today, we’re giving away Brandini Bites, half a pound of the Toffee Kids’ famous toffee, in bite-sized pieces, and Brandini Poppers, their newest product – fluffy popped corn, gently tossed in their signature buttery toffee, drizzled with a little dark chocolate, and sprinkled with roasted almonds.
To win Brandini Toffee’s Bites & Poppers…
Simply leave a comment here telling me: What was your favorite sweet treat growing up?
Giveaway deadline is Wednesday 2/24, 11:59 pm PST.
Disclosure: This giveaway was made possible via free sample and giveaway donation by Brandini Toffee.