Gourmet Foods & Beverages
Toffee by Suzanne…but who is Suzanne and what makes her toffee better than the rest?
My name is Sue Kemp and I make “Toffee by Suzanne.” I am not a candy maker by trade nor is anyone in my family. I come from a long line of educators and I followed the same career path and have spent 22 years in education—specifically in the field of special education. I knew from the time I was in junior high school that I would be a teacher. After several years teaching students with behavioral disorders, I became a principal at the same school and loved that role as much as I did teaching. After a several year hiatus to obtain my doctoral degree, I am now back teaching but at the university level training preservice teachers who are inspired to teach the next generation children with disabilities. Given my background and career in education, one may wonder how I became interested in making and selling toffee. It all began very serendipitously. When I was a student teacher over 22 years ago, I obtained the hand-written recipe from a kindly mentor who had no idea how she came into possession of it or how old it was. I thought making the toffee and giving it as gifts during the holidays was a great way to say “thank you” to all the marvelous teachers with whom I worked and had taught me so much. After much experimenting, some setbacks, and modifications of the original recipe on my part, I had perfected a toffee that I have subsequently given as holiday presents for the past 22 years to friends, colleagues, and relatives.