Our Sweet Story
In the home kitchen of Dennis and Joy Flaherty some 20 years ago a sweet idea for client holiday gifts grew into the “Flaherty’s Irish Candy Co!”
Armed with family recipes for Irish Toffee, We set out to duplicate the rich, buttery, crisp “melt in your mouth” toffees. We were so successful in our effort of replicating the superior quality of the Irish toffee, family and friends whole heartily encouraged us to bring this amazing treat to market. After much thought and discussion and a few toddies, we embarked on the journey to make The Irish Candy Company a reality. We never looked back!
Butter... it's all about the butter!
Our “Tender Toffee” recipe calls for 50% pure Irish butter. The sweet, creamy butter adds that remarkable flavor to our toffee. The extra butter ensures the melt in your mouth experience. Most toffee artisans’ recipes use only 30% butter, which tends to cause a “stick in your teeth toffee.” We pride ourselves in staying true to our Irish roots and use only the highest ratio of butter, pure cane sugar, toasted nuts and decadent chocolate.
We intend to keep the essence and identity of our roots as we use only pure ingredients - NO preservatives! - to make each batch in our copper kettles with tender loving care. You’ll know the difference when you taste our candy... you are getting old fashioned pure flavor sensations.
Tom & Jerry Frozen Drink
In the early years, the Flaherty’s developed another family favorite... Tom and Jerry Batter.
Dennis’s dad, Billy Flaherty, passed along the long family tradition of making the Tom and Jerry batter during the winter holidays. We have successfully brought those same flavors in our batter so you can enjoy that Irish cheer during those special times.
Try our famous Tom and Jerry “Irish” Toast for your Christmas morning breakfast!
Over the years we have traveled to Ireland to study recipes and our Irish heritage which has resulted in the expansion of our product line beyond toffee and Tom and Jerry batter. We have a ”Sweet and Salty” candy selection and an “Irish Crème Collection” to tempt you taste buds. We give tribute to our Irish heritage by remembering some of our favorite Irish locations and naming our candies: Lov’n Dublin, Back from Belfast, On the Way to Galway Bay and Top of the Ev’ing Toffee.
True to our Irish roots, the Flaherty Family maintains the giving spirit. We give back a percentage of all sales to local charities and Hospitals throughout Iowa. We also work with several nonprofit Junior Leagues Holiday groups with pop up shops throughout the Midwest. Paying it forward is woven into our personal as well as our business life.
We invite you to discover the rich Irish flavors we have lovingly brought to our candy and all of our products. We honor our Irish family traditions with high quality standards. Please try our products and taste the love in every bite.
Love and good wishes,
Joy and Dennis