22 September, 2020, 10:53

New Local Candy Company “Defiant Candy Co.” Specializes in Soft Toffee

Two additional soft toffee flavors are on the way.

Online Tucson-based candy company Defiant Candy Co. officially launched on Monday, October 29. While additional candies are in the works, the website currently features one item: Pecan Pandora soft toffee.

Defiant CEO and co-founder Nicholas Cole first tasted the soft toffee late 2016 while visiting a family friend named Leslie.

“She was always a phenomenal cook,” Cole said. “I remember these pancakes she used to make every morning, absolutely to die for.”

On this particular trip, Leslie served a platter of desserts and Cole reached for the “chocolate and toffee-looking thing.” He proceeded to hog the rest of them and founded Defiant Candy Co. a few weeks later.

The ingredient list for the Pecan Pandora soft toffee is short: butter, sugar, pecans, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. The “soft toffee” isn’t caramelized like conventional toffee, so it isn’t solid or crackly — it melts on your tongue instead. The sweetness is also more upfront as a result, tempered by the pecan and chocolate.

Defiant is currently shipping to Arizona addresses alone. Two additional soft toffee flavors are on the way.

For more information and to place an order, visit defiantcandy.co.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.