NEWPORT BEACH — Betsy Thagard held the golden ticket at the 2011 Orange County Fair Culinary Arts Competition with her toffee recipe comprised of four ingredients: butter, sugar, chocolate and nuts.
The sweet and crunchy golden squares, the staple of Thagard's growing B. Toffee company, took home first prize in the category for toffees and brittles.
Since the launch of the B. Toffee in 2009, the confection has been flying off store shelves at local businesses, such as Promelis Westcliff Market, A Market and Kéan Coffee.
"I love to cook and I wanted to do something that was different," said Thagard.
So the Newport Beach resident took her toffee, which for years was only shared as gifts to family and friends, out of the kitchen and into the marketplace.
"It's really thrilling," said Bob Thagard, Thagard's husband of 25 years. "She's given it away as gifts for years and years before B. Toffee. People always said she should sell it."