These tubes of glue-your-teeth-together chewy toffees from Mackintosh’s (originally named Toff-O-Lux) were first produced in 1964.
The name was changed to Toffo in 1975 and the product was discontinued in 2008. When a single remaining packet of the individually-wrapped soft toffees was found in a sweet shop in Dundee in 2014, the internet went wild with Toffo fans trying to bargain for the last intact roll.
John Mackintosh opened up his sweet shop in Halifax, Yorkshire in 1890, and his recipe for a not-too-hard-and-not-too-soft toffee came soon after. By 1905, Mackintosh was the largest toffee manufacturer in the world, selling an average of 100 tons of toffee every week.
The company provided over 10,000 tons of confectionery to the British armed forces during WWII (principally toffee and butterscotch) and by the early 1950s, its premier product was Quality Street.
Mackintosh’s merged with rival Rowntree in 1969 to form Rowntree Mackintosh, which merged with Nestlé in 1988.
Toffo is still manufactured and sold in the Middle East.