The Toffee Shop Fudge Box
The Toffee Shop Fudge Box
The Toffee Shop Fudge Box uses pure ingredients which are added to the large brass pans, heated and stirred until they reach the correct temperature, at which point the golden liquid is hand-beaten, poured into trays and left to set overnight. The following morning the fudge is cut into slabs and packaged to be dispatched and with you the next day. This sacred recipe was first manufactured over 100 years ago by Mrs Furnass, and has remained unaltered, providing a ‘dissolve-in-the-mouth’ experience.
The Toffee Shop story began in 1910 when Mrs Furnass decided to open a small confectionary store just two doors up the lane from where her husband, William Furnass, ran a butcher’s shop at the foot of King Street, Penrith. Her shop was full of antiques, brass and copper, it was a treat. Mrs Frunass quickly built up a substantial trade, as well as dispatching many boxes of toffee to addresses in this country and overseas.
Mrs Furnass had a number of distinguished patrons, and it was a source of especial pride and pleasure to her that among them was His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, who would call on her personally when motoring through Penrith and would have packages of his favourite Toffee sent to him, when serving in Germany. The Duke was the first of many royals to take a liking to the sweet treats The Toffee Shop offers.
The Royal marked a visit to Penrith in 1991, centered on the presentation to Queen Elizabeth II of a 2lb box of Fudge & Toffee from The Toffee Shop, which was said to be quite partial to her trip to the Eden District.
It was in 1956 when The Toffee Shop made the small jump from King street to their current home at the bottom of Brunswick road, where they have now been based for over 60 of years. If you have ever paid a visit to their current store, you will immediately recognise the ring of the fabled doorbell, swiftly followed by the smell of molten fudge and toffee coming from the eight brass pans in the kitchen. To the right you find a dresser displaying some of the packaging for the different stores The Toffee Shop supplies alongside an array of blue china, in memory of the Mrs Furnass who loved to collect it.
Following on from Mrs Furnass, The Toffee Shop was managed by the Fearons before being passed onto the current owner Neil Boustead. Neil still follows the same secret recipe that was discovered by Mrs Furnass over 100 years ago, refusing to give any clues as to how he achieves that perfect density and flavour and how he maintains these intense levels of security.