8 September 2008

how to make toffee

toffee making

Son #3's recent school project was to investigate a food - to find out how it's grown, harvested, prepared and eaten.

He chose sugar.

My favourite part of his project was The Life Cycle of Sugar which went something like
1. The sugar is grown.
2. The sugar is packed.
3. The sugar goes to the supermarket.
4. The sugar is in your home.


Complete with flow chart.

I didn't have the heart to tell him I suspect the question related to the life cycle of the plant. At least his teacher can be sure it's all his own work.

Anyway. Part of the assignment was to choose a recipe which featured his food prominently and rope his mother into being photographic assistant.

We now have rather a lot of toffees in the pantry.

33 comments:

Victoria said...

I can't think of a more sophisticated way to say -
Son#3 is SO CUTE!!!

Michelle said...

i love toffee...always remember having them on the cake stalls at school..i really like it when there soft toffee.great pics

bluemountainsmary said...

All I want RIGHT NOW is a toffee...

are they postable?? In the mail I mean!

peppermintpatcher said...

He left off 5. The sugar is eaten.

I love that he is a man of few words. Right to the point in his life cycle.

Stomper Girl said...

Such a city kid! Supermarkets are obviously where food comes from.

My Mum and I used to make toffees, man it used to take forEVER to get it from soft ball to hard ball.

Coincidentally Climber was requesting a toffee-making session in the near futre, we may have to make it a school holiday activity.

CurlyPops said...

Yum indeed...I remember toffee with sprinkles on top...yum

Badger said...

Are they the type that pull your teeth right out of your head? Because those are MY FAVORITE.

Zephyr said...

i LOVE the notion of pouring them into the cupcake (fairy cake) papers...i suppose with all that butter, the papers peel off just fine?

What an adorable kid...i love his reportage!!

Jen said...

YUM! I think your lad made an excellent choice.

Fe said...

Ooh! Oooh! Send some to me!!!

(have to remember this one for both of my boys' future school projects)

Courtney said...

oh my goodness - I am having flashbacks of all my crazy school projects. Thanks for sharing that story with us!

jo said...

I grew up in a sugar town - with the smell of warm sugar in the air, the spectacular cane fires (at night they were brilliant), the ash raining from the sky (my mother cursing as she ran outside to bring in the washing before it was covered in black marks). Our home looked out over cane fields and my school backed onto them. After the harvest we would dare each other to sneak out through the fence at lunchtime and scavenge for bits of cane left behind. And at the school fetes there were tables covered in the ubiquitous toffees in paper cases that everyone elses mum made. mmmmmmmmnnnnmmmm

trashalou said...

Did you know toffee-making capabilities are genetic? They must be b/c neither my mother, sister or myself can make toffee for.. well... toffee!

kim tori said...

I love his flow chart. If only flow charts like that were accepted in my uni exams! The toffees look fantastic too. I've never been quite brave enough to try toffees. The requirements of a thermometer and hot burny-burny sugar are too intimidating for me at present.

Stacey said...

All that stuff that happens before it hits the supermarket isn't really important, is it?
I agree that your son is very cute.

sooz said...

Oh the memories! Stalls at school lunchtime. The endless debates over the relative merits of brittle rock hard versus the almost chewy kind that seriously stressed the dental work. I haven't made them for ever!! And never tried them with brown sugar which seems a distinct improvement.

Iona said...

I think Son #3 left off one step: the sugar is in your tummy.

We used to do all sorts of toffee like stuff, honeycomb, peanut brittle, hard toffee, soft caramel. But not after a Christmas Eve attempt at toffee making where I ended up with splots of third degree burns on my hands. Got a lot a sympathy that Christmas.

jorth said...

I'm on my bike and coming over now... I LOVE TOFFEE!

h+b said...

That is so cute :)

Although toffee is far too sweet to me ( and i've pulled out fillings in the past ... pass )

fifi said...

last time I licked a molten-toffee spoon I fried my tongue off.

Joke said...

His version of the "Life Cycle of Sugar" made me laugh aloud at what would have been an embarrassing decibel count if I weren't by myself.

-J.

M said...

At least he chose sugar. My son recently had to describe the journey of a food item from farm to product. I begged him to choose milk. He chose steak.

First you take one cow...

(then it was suitably gory so as to impress all the other 8yos in the class).

kim at allconsuming said...

That life cycle is GOLD. PURE GOLD.


And I haven't had one of those toffees in about 20 years. G'ah.

fifi said...

hey, all day today I kept silently laughing at

"the sugar is in your home".




lurking.......

herhimnbryn said...

Yum! You mean you didn't throw it at a hook on the back of the kitchen door and stretch it?:)

Fairlie said...

Mmmm-mmm. Toffees. They take me right back to memories of school cakestalls. Of course that was in the day when you could still have a school cake-stall without the sign-off and permit from multiple departments of your local council, and a certififed food-handler supervising proceedings. G'ah.

Anonymous said...

hahahahahahahahaha!
that is going to stay with me all day! the world just doesnt need to be complicated at all really. You must tell us what his teacher says.
thanks for sharing that with us.

eurolush said...

The plant life cycle is so overrated...I prefer a sugar life cycle in which I am the ultimate predator.

PS-Those toffees look amazing.

elena jane said...

love it love it LOVE it!! :) the sugar is in your home...and the toffee looks delish :)

meggie said...

He deserves full marks for being so keen! Lovely story.

Isabelle said...

Ah! you remind me of the days when my children saw me frantically baking for visitors and I'd hear the magic words, "Mummy, can we help?" (Argh.)

And now they're all growed up. Sigh.

Great little story.

The Awakened Heart said...

You've made me feel all nostalgic for home. I'm English, living in the Dandenongs but in Australia for 4 years now. My mum used to make toffee with me when I was a kid - loved it. She also used to make the best Scottish Tablet - a sort of cross between fudge and toffee which is just divine. Love your blog. Read the 100 things about me post and could relate to well over 80% of it. My little girl (2) goes to a Steiner Playgroup in Belgrave - its bloody freezing in there! Anyhoo, looking forward to checking out your blog again.

Anne said...

Yum :)
I love toffees!