Who says no to toffee?
That's what Jim Burchard, maker of Mom's Perfect Toffee based in Woodstock, wants to know. The salesman-turned-candymaker started crafting toffee from his Mom's recipe in early 2019 and already counts Read Between the Lynes, Winestock, Cesaroni's Deli, Sugar Circle and a store in Lake Geneva as customers. He says the trick to great toffee is following his Mom's recipe, cooking it slow with a "lot of sugar and butter". While Burchard says he is simply having fun right now, he wants to grow the business. For now, he makes the toffee at the commercial kitchen at Facets Events Center in Woodstock.
Why Woodstock? He likes the community's independent and entrepreneurial streak. "It's in the air here," he says. "It's inspiring."