History of the classic Sticky Toffee Pudding

Destiny Foods recreates a number of the most iconic desserts in British history, and this October we will be taking our creations to SIAL, Paris.

Sticky Toffee

Sticky Toffee Pudding, a popular steamed dessert, combines dates, a rich toffee sauce and custard or cream. Despite the many claims and counter-claims, the original Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe is thought to have been produced by Francis Coulson at Sharrow Bay in the Lake District in the 1970s. Francis Coulson’s secret recipe is a matter of culinary legend, so much so that each member of staff at Sharrow Bay has signed a secrecy agreement not to reveal the recipe that is kept in the hotel’s vaults. It is rumoured that the pudding originated in the Lake District due to the warming comfort it provided to people during the cold, bleak winter weather.

However, a dispute in pudding history still exists, with many people firmly fixed on the belief that the pudding originated from either Aberdeenshire or Scotland, with reasons such as “Nobody loves sugar more than the Scots!” It is also supposed that Francis Coulson acquired the recipe from Mrs Martin of The Old Rectory in Claughton, Lancashire, who in turn received the recipe from one of her Canadian friends!

At Destiny Foods, we exceed the expectations of Sticky Toffee Pudding lovers everywhere, serving our deliciously succulent sponge cake, made with finely chopped dates and served soaked in an exclusive toffee sauce. The pudding can be served alone, or with a blanket of silky, double cream, custard, or ice-cream. Usually served hot, the Sticky Toffee Pudding is guaranteed to live up to its original purpose – to provide comfort and satisfaction.