As you might know by now, the Soup Lady does not care for chocolate but in the best interest of my readers, I will suffer it to tell you about this little brown box that came into my possesion recently. The Soup Lady has just lately returned from a magnificent holiday at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel. Among the many luxuries offered there was this nighttime turndown: a box of the famous Brown Palace toffies. Ever the mannerly guest, the Soup Lady politely played along with the building excitement when this treat was announced, but knew that chocolate was involved and that did dampen her enthusiasm just a bit. Since the only soup consumed on this particular trip was a pasty concoction that was somebody's idea misguided idea of French Onion Soup made with a red beer base (Quick Review: Yuck!), I will evaluate the toffies.
Repugnant chocolate coating notwithstanding, I think it only fair that I share the taste test with you here. There were seven toffies cradled in the neat little package. Obviously hand-made, they had some variations in appearance but were nearly uniform in shape and heft. They did not travel well crammed into my suitcase, unless that damage was inflicted by the TSA agents as they hamhanded their way throught it in an effort to identify my 3 cansisters of suspected terrorist hairspray.
The toffies were firm to the touch and covered with crushed almonds top, sides and bottom. Bravely, the bite was taken and although the candy did put up some resistance, it was not a tooth-shattering experience. The toffee yeilded to just a slight bit of presure and broke off without crumbs or bits flying about.
I was expecting one of those heavy, take-your-breath-away kind of overly sweet candy experiences but while this candy was rich and buttery, it was also light. There was a smoothness to the center as it broke away in horizontal sheets that reminded one of sheets of mica spliting apart. Once it was seperated and in the mouth, it melted away with amost no chewing required. All in all, I'd give this 4 out of 5 possible soupstars. If there was no chocolate involved, it would have been an improvement, but maybe that's just me.