Darling Sweet, one of South Africa’s premier toffee manufacturers started in the Western Cape town of Darling only three years ago and has already become a household name and a firm favourite with local and international sweet-toothed fans.
Says Darling Sweet co-founder Hentie van der Merwe: “Since opening the doors of the Darling Sweet kitchen in July 2014 we continue to strive to produce the best quality handcrafted toffees. Flavours in the range include: Tannie Evita’s Classic, Honey & Salt, Red Wine & Chocolate, Orange & Cranberry, Liquorice, Sour Fig, Bird’s Eye Chilli, Ormonde Wines and the newly released Coffee Toffee and Mint Toffee.
A wonderfully inspirational success story, Darling Sweet has not only provided employment for residents of the town but has also become a draw card for locals and international visitors who have heard about their toffees and want to sample them for themselves.
“One of our main aims is job creation and career development opportunities for our community. We are very proud to have grown to a staff complement of 20 full-time employees – all under the banner of the Proudly South African campaign,” says van der Merwe’s partner Frits van Ryneveld.
With production taking place in a stately Edwardian building – that once housed Darling’s General Dealer business – Darling Sweet toffees are handcrafted using traditional methods and with no artificial colorants, flavourings or preservatives added. Furthermore, to produce a range of toffee flavours that are unique to Darling and its surrounds, van Ryneveld and his van der Merwe use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible.
Darling Sweet also manufactures toffee spreads in three flavours – Tannie Evita’s Classic, Bird’s Eye Chili, and Honey & Salt – as well as locally sourced raw veld flower honey and fleur de sel, hand harvested salt.
Visitors to the Darling Sweet factory can watch the toffees being made, taste before they buy and visit the recently opened Toffee Gallery, an art gallery space curated by van der Merwe with a new exhibition of high quality by mostly contemporary local artists every six weeks.
For more information on Darling Sweet and their range of products, visit their website at http://darlingsweet.co.za/
WIN! We’re giving away 5 x R500 Darling Sweet hampers filled with a selection of Darling Sweet toffees and toffee spreads. To enter, simply complete the entry form below. Terms and conditions apply. Competition ends 18 June 2017.