When we were younger, the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was so frequently watched that we could quote the entire movie. Our greatest childhood dream was to gain access to that candy paradise. When Phyllis and Kerry Graham invited us into their candy shop to watch how the toffee is made, it felt a little like the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
Let Them Eat Toffee is a cozy shop tucked into the square between a hair salon and a Thai restaurant. The sweet aroma of candy in the making draws you right in the door of the warmly decorated shop with trays of freshly made sweets on display.
Kerry learned the art of toffee making the traditional southern way, in his mother’s kitchen. He carried the knowledge with him through the years until it collided with the skills of his Florida neighbor, Pierre, a French master chocolatier. This was the birth of the dark chocolate covered toffee that launched Let Them Eat Toffee.
Walking into the tiny kitchen where Kerry carefully hand makes the shop’s candy, our eyes were instantly drawn to the large basin of chocolate. The dark liquid is constantly kept in motion by a wheel. It was a mesmerizing sight to our chocolate loving souls.
We were surprised to learn just how precise the toffee making process is. Any variation in temperature, humidity or ingredients will change the consistency of the candy. It truly is an art.
The delicate process of cooking down the ingredients into a thick, golden brown syrup seems like second nature to Kerry
The result is a crisp, buttery sweet confection with a warm caramel flavor that recalls southern traditions.
The Grahams are very careful to ensure their raw ingredients are ethically sourced. They like to keep their products free from unnecessary additives and fillers. It is also important to them to use local ingredients as often as possible.
The Grahams are passionate about making their shop a community enterprise. They view community involvement as a way to connect with people and strengthen Coweta.
In addition to their hand prepared candies, the shop carries a few products from other chocolate companies as well as chocolate themed t-shirts and greeting cards. They also offer gourmet popsicles from the Atlanta based company King of Pops.
Let Them Eat Toffee has many exciting plans for the future of the shop, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates. We recommend the rich, flavorful fig Newnans, melt in your mouth chocolate truffles and the classic toffee.