Toffee hammer

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Walkers' Nonsuch toffee hammer

A toffee hammer is a very small hammer designed for breaking up sheets or slabs of hard toffee, such as bonfire toffee, into small pieces suitable for consumption. A toffee hammer is sometimes included as a novelty item in gift packs produced by toffee manufacturers.[1][2]

Toffee hammers were used by suffragettes, in particular members of the Women's Social and Political Union, for breaking windows as a form of protest during their campaign for votes for women.[3]

The term "toffee hammer" may also be used to refer to any unusually small hammer, for example in orthopedic surgery,[4] or to a scaffolder's tool that resembles a toffee hammer.[5]


  1. ^ The Interview – Walkers' Nonsuch – world famous for English toffee & more The Grocery Trader, September 2006. Accessed 4 October 2008.
  2. ^ The Caledonian Confectionery Company: McCowan's Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 4 October 2008.
  3. ^ Toffee-hammer used for breaking windows Museum of London. Accessed 24 December 2017.
  4. ^ Product:Mallet. Description: Toffee Hammer Surgical Holdings Catalogue. Accessed 4 October 2008.
  5. ^ Scaffold Tools[dead link] Scaffolder Shop. Accessed 4 October 2008