The Perfect Last Minute Holiday Gift
Over a decade ago, tasked with raising money for a trip to Italy with classmates at La Quinta High School, best friends Brandon Weimer and Leah Post came up with an idea that hardly anyone could resist: buttery sweet toffee covered in rich dark chocolate with crushed roasted almonds sprinkled on top.
Today, Weimer and Post—now successful adults—are the bright faces of Brandini Toffee, with three retail locations of their own (Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs and Cabazon) and a growing list of retailers around the country carrying their decadent line of sweet treats.
Weimer has been making toffee since he was 12 years old and says quality and texture distinguish GMO-free Brandini Toffee from other brands and make it a standout product among gourmet foods. A special feature of Brandini Toffee is that their toffee, in general, has a soft crunch. When you compare Brandini to other toffees, it gets most credit for not sticking to your teeth. This is just one of the many things that make Brandini Toffee special. The other is that it is local and original to the Coachella Valley.
“Toffee is what we know how to do,” Weimer says. “Everything compliments each other, ingredient wise. We really feel that we have a superior product here in the Valley.”
Brandini sources almost all of its ingredients from within California, Weimer says. “The chocolate is from Guittard Chocolate Company, which is in Northern California, and the butter and almonds are also from California.”
Brandini produces and packages a variety of products in its Rancho Mirage toffee shop and factory, including Chocolate Almond Toffee Popcorn, Cashew Almond Toffee Popcorn, Toffee Brownies, Chocolate Dipped Pretzels with Toffee, and Butter Toffee Coffee. In addition to this, Toffee Ice Cream is a must-try when visiting the shop, as well as Toffee Toppers, which are a by-product of the toffee production. Toffee Toppers can only be purchased within Brandini stores in the Coachella Valley and make for the perfect topping for ice cream.
For those wanting a closer look at the unique candy factory in the desert, tours of the Rancho Mirage location can be booked online and are free of cost. Going on a tour of the factory is a great way to hear the Brandini story and get a behind-the-scenes look of how the products are made.
Currently, there are over 500 retailers who carry Brandini Toffee Popcorn, and the list is growing. Retailers carrying Brandini include Costco, Cost Plus World Market locations, Ralphs Markets, as well as Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. In addition to this, lots of restaurants and resorts in town sell the popular dessert treats, including the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Fantasy Springs Casino, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, and many other stores and restaurants.
For more information on Brandini Toffee and to view their products online, visit www.brandinitoffee.com!
Happy last minute shopping this holiday season!