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Nov 20, 2010 01:05 PM

Caramel candies of past holidays

The holiday season finds me nostalgic for a Christmas treat we used to enjoy packed in round or square tins decorated with Victorian scenes on the lids. Inside the candy was individually wrapped in foil. The last time I remember enjoying these candies was in the late 1970's. I believe the name of the company was Macintosh/Mcintosh or some such British/Scottish name. Most of the candies were caramels but with different tastes some with hints of vanilla or maple or walnuts. I have done a quick search online but have come up short with any information on this bygone sweet. Does anyone remember these tinned candies and if so what is the proper name for the search? Thank you so much.

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  1. I think you're talking about Mackintosh toffee and if it was different flavors (toffee, coconut, malt, mint, harrogate, egg & cream) look for Mackintosh toffee deluxe. Don't think you'll find the tins, unless looking to buy an empty collector item, but the candy is still made, by Nestle I think.

    Don't think I've had Mackintosh, but I like that candy, especially butter rum flavor.

    For search terms try assorted British (or Scottish) toffee, butter toffee.

    For assorted flavors I've found Walker's Nonsuch British Toffee locally and Costco usually sells a big container at Christmas which is deadly for me!

    Gardiners is a Scottish brand for butter or assorted toffees:

    Farrah's harrogate butter toffee.

    Thornton assorted.

    Taveners and Buchanan's.

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    1. re: Island

      Wow, great information! Thank you so much. I think Mackintosh was the candy from the past and now I will need to order it. I remember the candies used to be wrapped in colored foil according to the different flavors. My favorite was the original toffee. Thanks again and will start looking for the other types of candy you mentioned as well.

      1. re: foodseek

        From one nostalgic to another, glad to help! My recollection is also different colored foil for different flavors. If you try it, please post back and let me know if it's as you remember. .