Mackintosh opened up his sweets shop in Halifax, Yorkshire, England in 1890, and the idea for Mackintosh's Toffee, not too hard and not too soft, came soon after. In 1969, Mackintosh's merged with rival Rowntree to form Rowntree Mackintosh, which merged with Nestlé in 1988.
The product is often credited with being over 100 years old.
The toffee is sold in bags containing a random assortment of individual wrapped flavoured toffees. The flavours are (followed by wrapping colour): Malt (Blue), Harrogate (Yellow), Mint (Green), Egg & Cream (Orange), Coconut (Pink), Toffee (Red). The red wrapped toffees do not display a flavour on the wrapper. The product's subtitle is "Toffee De Luxe" and its motto "a tradition worth sharing".
Canada had its own version under the name 'MACK'. Unlike the European versions, it was a hard candy which, for most of its history, was sold as a single rectangular bar in a tartan box. More recently (circa 2008) the Canadian product is individually wrapped and manufactured in Switzerland by Nestlé, and licensed for sale in Canada by Nestlé Canada. However, the wrapped version is soft and more akin a caramel. Recently (2013) Nestlé Canada has been distributing an apparent recreation of the hard Mack bar, though thinner and wrapped in foil. It contains sweetened condensed milk as a main flavouring and has less of the creamy butter flavour of the original Canadian Mack. Nestlé does not distribute the toffees in the US, but one may order it online for delivery or may find it in specialty candy shops.
They are also manufactured and sold in New Zealand by Nestlé New Zealand Limited under the "Allen's" Confectionery range. The New Zealand-manufactured Allen's product is also distributed in Australia.
- 'Toffee firm chews on discovery of rival brand Down Under' on The Northern Echo website, dated 2000-09-02 and viewed 2013-01-05
- "MACK - MACK Toffee". Retrieved 2008-07-02.
- Allen's Confectionery, New Zealand
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