After 20 years of working in the non-profit arena, Terry Opalek, realizing how much he loved his grandmother's classic toffee recipe, decided to make a major career move. Now, a few years into his venture, Terry's Toffee offers some of the most incomparable flavors that will whisk you back to your childhood. Launched three years ago out of his home, Terry now sports 15 flavors of the most mouthwatering toffee blended in a great storefront in Chicago's West Town neighborhood and supplies about 80 stores across the US. His candies are a perfect gift for any occasion, especially the upcoming winter holidays.
I stopped by to visit Terry last week and, having sampled his toffees in the past, was amazed at the growth of the selection. Favorites definitely include the Chai-cago Spice (with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and other spices dipped in dark chocolate); Peppermint Pistachio Crunch; Mazel Toffee (nut-free toffee and matzo surrounded by decadent milk chocolate) and of course the two most important: McCall's Classic (named for Terry's grandmother -- this is what toffee was meant to taste like) and Terry's Signature (a variation of his grandmother's recipe featuring stunning tinted cocoa butter to showcase various designs). Terry, who works alongside his life partner, Michael, also offers great biscotti in three flavors as well as six flavors of homemade rich ice cream.
And due to being featured in the Academy Awards gift baskets for the last two years Terry now claims the likes of Hillary Swank, Lenny Kravitz, Outkast, Sean Hayes, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Garner and many others as loyal fans.
Are you ready to join the ranks? Place your holiday orders now.
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