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Is there any better toffee than the LittleJohn's stall in the original farmer's market ?

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  • kevin Jul 15, 2013 04:51 PM
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  1. No!

    1. Another no!

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      1. re: wienermobile

        It's a great gift if you want to bring someone out of town a taste of LA.

      2. I can't say that this is better or not but, it's very very good: http://www.awesometoffee.com/

        1. no. i think it's the best in LA. plus you can either get it either as the cute little bars or cracked up in larger pieces. awesome either way. best to consume right away.....

          1. Very fresh. Just bought a couple of boxes to give to friends from out of town.

            1. I grew up in LA. It was awhile ago. [Remember Seibu at Wilshire & Fairfax?]

              My mother took my brother and I every couple of weeks to the Farmer's Market to buy superlative produce and bread/pastries primarily.

              My mom was hooked on great Southern Pecan Pralines. Her favorites by far were those at Littlejohn's. She bought them by the dozen. I took a bite but I didn't like, and still don't like super sugary desserts. I usually eschew sweet desserts.

              Then, someone sent me a Christmas present of Littlejohn's Toffee. It was a revelation. I really could not stop eating it. It was so delicious. Since then I have sent many a Littlejohn's Toffee gift. Everyone loves it ... including me!

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              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                "I usually eschew sweet desserts."

                Was his a pun intended? Reading it really stopped me for a quick laugh.

                1. re: Tripeler

                  Sorry, a lapse. Back to sleep.

              2. I love toffee! I've had toffee from all over. I once put together a tasting of 20 different toffees. I've even made it myself. All that being said, I've never had toffee better than Littlejohn's. Ever. The combination of balanced flavor of butter, sugar and nuts and perfect texture, crumbly, not to hard and almost buttery on the palate is something I've never seen anyone else do. The texture, in particular, is very hard to reproduce. I've had other good toffees, but they tend to be too hard or too sticky or just not quite right. Anytime I eat any other toffee, I inevitably think to myself that it's just not as good as Littlejohn's.

                1. Enstrom's you have to order online.. -Littlejohns is fab but this is uh-mazing..

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                  1. re: squeek

                    ENSTROM'S, THAT'S IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                    Sorry for yelling, but thanks you so much, squeak!!!

                    My old boss used to order this for all our clients and employees each year, but I had forgot the name and really wanted to buy some to share with my family a few years back.

                    I just recall, most people's reaction when they tried it for the first time....eyes rolling back in the head, and a guttural "OMG, where did you get this!!!!!".

                    Kevin, do yourself a HUGE favor and order some. You won't be sorry, and I'd put this up against LJ's anytime (yes, I've had LJ's and it's very, very good, but Enstrom's kicks LJ's ass, IMO.

                    1. re: GK in SO

                      Enstrom's is definitely good stuff, but I'd still take Littlejohn's over it. (Enstrom's was in my toffee tasting). But do yourself a favor and get some of their toffee popcorn...that stuff is amazing!

                  2. Whatever they're selling at Neiman Marcus.

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                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I had the same thought - my first pick is Littlejohn's and then NM. I also won't say no to an Almond Roca now and then ;)

                    2. We have a friend of a friend up in Santa Barbara that sells her own English toffee each holiday season for the last decade or so, and I learned something interesting from her. Nuts on the outside is a way of hiding imperfections in the candy making process.

                      Mr Taster

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                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        Nuts on the outside is alway of hiding imperfections ....
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                        Some stripper once said that the same thing I believe ...

                        1. re: Mr Taster

                          got the info on the santa barbara friend of a friend ?

                          Thanks Taster.

                          Littlejohn's does embalm its toffee with nuts on the outside and it's still pretty great.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Making English toffee is an incredibly labor intensive process and because of this she only makes a limited quantity each holiday season. She sells out every year.

                            She mixes the nuts into the toffee so you can appreciate the outer sheen and tempering of the candy.

                            By the way, this is in no way meant to bash Littlejohn's English toffee. It's a commercial enterprise, so the love drops off a bit in order to maximize profit. As for our friend of a friend in Santa Barbara, she doesn't sell the seconds... they provide sustenance for the volunteers that help her make the candy, and lucky visitors who pop by at just the right time :)

                            Mr Taster

                            1. re: Mr Taster

                              Ok, Taster,

                              No worries.

                              I'll just stick to LittleJohn's.

                        2. Nope... I've tried them all... The fancy kind. The cheap kind. The Little John sticks are just PERFECTION.

                          --Dommy!

                          1. Wow.

                            A wholehearted singular consensus.

                            I guess I'll just stick with LittleJohn's.

                            But Taster's friend in SB sounds like it just might be pretty great too.

                            1. I have not tried LittleJohn's. Can you describe what makes it awesome?

                              But my favorite local toffee is from Chocolate Soldier in Laguna Beach. Their candy layer is on the thinner side - I'm not a fan of toffee thick enough to break teeth. Also, the nuts are toasted fully, to draw the maximum flavor out of it.

                              I've bought Enstrom's at their Grand Junction factory. It's good and all, but too thick for my taste.

                              I'd also recommend Brandini Toffee in Rancho Mirage. They have retailers who sell their candy in LA / OC, check their website.

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                              1. re: Professor Salt

                                It has a wonderful buttery flavor and the texture is just right, not too hard, not too soft and it just crumbles and melts in your mouth. The best I've ever tasted anywhere.

                                1. re: wienermobile

                                  wiener, this in reference to little johns's right ?

                                  if so, i think you have got it. yes, it's sweet, but not too sweet because i think the butter and the crushed (unsweetened nuts) mollifies and subdues the sweetness inherent to toffee.

                                  shoot, i guess i'm going to have to make a visit today.

                                  i just really hope i don't devour the whole box while at it.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    Yes I was referring to Littlejohn's wonderful toffee.

                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      Photos of Littlejohn's English Toffee from the Original Farmers Market. Just look at how good this stuff is!

                                       
                                       
                                  2. re: wienermobile

                                    I totally agree... it has that right SNAP. Most other have too much snap. Are a touch soft. Too much chocolate. Too much nuts. Too sweet. Too caramelly. The balance with LJs is just wonderful. Yes, they could use better chocolate, organic whatever... but the taste to me is spot on and CONSISTENT. Every stick, every box, just wonderful.

                                    --Dommy!

                                2. For those of you in Northern California Littlejohn's now has a new San Francisco location at:
                                  1422 Market Street
                                  San Francisco, California 94102

                                  1. that's just crazy talk. nobody better. ever.