I have recently discovered something I never knew existed – Texas Cottage Food Law. It went into effect in September, 2013. If you have a home business producing food to sell, I highly advise that you investigate further. Apparently, most states have “cottage food” laws. Being that I dwell in the great State of Texas and that I indeed hand-craft toffee in my “cottage,” I shall seek to comply. Thankfully, toffee falls into the legal category, but there are a few things I will have to change. The biggest effect on Melissa’s Top-Shelf Toffee is that I will no longer be able to ship my toffee to you or for you. This was quite a disappointment. I have sold and shipped toffee from coast to coast, and many states in between. Thank you! Sadly, this arrangement must come to an end. If you live in the North Dallas area (or plan to visit), and would like to purchase toffee for any occasion, please feel free to contact me.
You may ship toffee all you like. I cannot. Bummer, huh!
Indeed, it is officially here! Fall! George Eliot has a sweet little description regarding this magnificent season.
As long as I can remember, I have been passionate about hearing the brittle leaves beneath my feet. I’ll break stride to crunch just a few more. I adore sweaters and snuggling; giant mugs of my favorite English tea; the crispness in the air; new crops of Granny Smith apples which translate beautifully into Apple Crisp. The most desirable scented candles to me are all those yummy, buttery, kitcheny smells of apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, vanilla, etc. Finally, it is permissible to fill my home with the aromas expected this time of year. To burn a spiced-pumpkin candle in May is just, well, awkward.
In our home, there will soon be another aroma filling our kitchen, the glorious fragrance of homemade toffee! Without fail, everytime I make toffee, no matter the time of year, at least one of my kids will enter the kitchen, breathe deeply and proclaim, “Oh, Mom! It smells like Christmas in here!” The shades of orange will morph into the reds of Christmas, and ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year‘ will be upon us. Now is the time I go into serious prep mode for toffee season. Butter, sugar, chocolate, nuts, boxes, ribbon, parchment paper, labels, business cards, etc. Making lists and schedules. And much planning! I’m so grateful to be able to make this delectable treat so that you can share it with your friends and family, too.
Stay tuned! It’s going to be a delicious Autumn!