Local Delicacies: Moffat Toffee – Moffat, Scotland

As we have travelled around the UK, we have discovered some amazing foods and treats, such as the Eccles Cake from the town of Eccles near Manchester, and the subject of this post, the Moffat Toffee, from the scenic town of Moffat…

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The Moffat Toffee is a celebrated Scottish sweet, from the town of Moffat. We recently visited the town, and you can read more about the rest of the town here.

The original recipe was first used by Janet Cook Johnstone in the late 1800’s. She is the great-grandmother of the current owner, Blair Blacklock. Her first shop opened on Holm Street at number 2, near the Black Bull pub. At the time the toffees themselves were being made in a building across the street that has since been demolished. They took a while as they were all made by hand in batches of 7 lbs (3 Kilos).

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Today they are all a standard flavour however originally they were sold in varying sizes and flavours. Elizabeth, the daughter of Janet Johnstone took over the business before the start of World War II, and she moved into new premises on the high street. Today the Edinburgh Woollen Mill use that shop, which is directly next to the current Moffat Toffee shop itself.

The shop passed down through the family, to Elizabeth’s son, Matthew Blacklock, and his family. The next owner was Blair Blacklock (the son of Matthew) and his sister Ailsa who took over and still the run shop today.

The manufacturing of the toffee has also moved on with the times and there is a full factory in Glenfield Square in the town where production takes place. The toffee shop itself stocks a variety of chocolates and sweets, anything you can imagine, so make sure you take your wallet if you visit…

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