So, my next review is something that I was really excited about. I have been in contact with Anne Smith who is the manufacturer of Oregon Bark and comes from an interesting background. She owned and operated a cooking school in Los Angeles California. Her story really starts with one of the most popular classes at her school, based on candy. The students would make all sorts of candy and Anne, of course, participated as well. With all of her knowledge and testing different combinations of recipes, she came across the perfect formula for her English Toffee. Anne has since sold her business and now focuses on her toffee. This is a story that I admire, as an inspiring chef I admire people who take their true passion and make a living doing what they do best. Anne’s story is one that hit home and I am happy to share my experience with her and her products will all of my fans.
Anne sent me generous samples of every piece of Bark that she offers. I was very excited, along with all the women in my family, to taste the creation Anne has come up with. I think my mother and sister nearly ran me over with excitement that I had received this package in the mail! I should not have told them my next review was chocolate and toffee, note to me for next time….I literally wrote that down and highlighted it, and put stickers by it…with a stamp! Well I was pleasantly surprised to see all of the different offering Anne had created. Each piece offers toffee in the center, but different coatings as far as toppings. One thing about this review that I cannot stress enough is the love that Anne has put into her toffee, as it is all made with the finest ingredients and you can tell with the smell and taste of it as well. Each piece is made with organic ingredients and is well worth it. You can check out her product page and click on the selection; it will give you an ingredient list for each bark.
I received all of the Bark Anne has to offer and I will write about my favorite one, the Oregon Bark Snow Capped. This toffee is coated in 100% organic Stumpton Coffee-infused chocolate and dusted with all natural sugar crystals and Oregon sea salt. I am a huge fan of chocolate and sea salt as a combination! I have to say this is the best toffee I have ever had, hands down. I travel a lot and have tried different kinds all over. My favorite toffee was located in Ogunquit Maine, but this blows that out of the water and I will tell you why. First the ingredients are organic and that makes a huge difference. Anne has mastered the chocolate, as the combination of ingredients with the organic butter, cocoa beans, cane sugar, vanilla beans, coffee, vanilla, and soya lecithin…WOW! First bite the chocolate hits you with a perfect flavor; it is a mild, not too dark and better than milk chocolate (which was always my favorite)! Her expertise with this recipe and ingredients offered me a great taste. The sea salt hits your taste buds and that leveled out the chocolate for an even more pleasant flavor, which I did not think was possible. My favorite part was the toffee and what that had to offer. The toffee is so well made that it maintains its crunch, but melts in your mouth and does not get stuck to your teeth. Never had I ever tasted a toffee so good! Sorry Maine, but you have been out done! I would recommend to my fans to please try Anne’s Oregon Bark, you will not be disappointed! Her story is inspiring and her passion for toffee is well noticed in her products!