MADE WITH LOVE: Christmas toffee a reminder of a mother taken too soon by cancer

Retired Langley Advance editor Bob Groeneveld, and his wife Donna, share a holiday favourite.

This toffee is a reminder for retired Langley Advance editor, and his wife Donna, of a woman Bob Groeneveld never met.

It reminds them, every Christmas, of Donna’s mom. She made Christmas toffee every Christmas for the Moores’ household.

“It’s incredible!” said Groeneveld.

“I miss her, too, although I never met her. Nearly everything I’ve heard about her has been endearing to me. By all accounts, we would have got along famously. Sadly, cancer took her just a short time before I met Donna.”

He offered a warning about her toffee, nevertheless: “Steer clear of it if you have loose fillings. Indeed, if you have loose teeth, it will probably pull them right out of your head. But it is delicious.”

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Christmas Toffee

Ingredients:

500 ml white sugar

500ml white corn syrup

300ml Eagle Brand evaporated milk

250 ml butter (or hard margarine)

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Directions:

Combine ingredients in saucepan.

Heat to a slow boil.

Maintain simmer to hard crack stage (150C or 300F).

This can usually take more than an hour.

Test occasionally by dropping some into ice-water.

When hardened toffee bit breaks when quickly bent, remove batch from heat.

Pour into a shallow pan.

Let cool.

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• Quirky Langley singers share potato salad and dessert recipes

• Christmastime indulgence gets passed down

• Mom’s German cookies always a hit

• Potato recipe that had to be shared

• Holding dear Mom’s handwritten recipes

• How caring for a wounded paratrooper evolved into making cakes

• A treat that no one has to avoid, despite sensitivities

• Cloverdale-Langley City MP Aldag gets heating, beating, and eating

• Christmas toffee a reminder of a mother taken too soon by cancer

• Perfect for holidays or sick days

• The secret ingredient is love – without question

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• Adding just the right amount of rum

• Great grandchildren now loving pop’s customized meatballs

• Just like she made with her neighbour and momma at age seven

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