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Darling Sweet, Darling

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Darling Sweet came into existence when Frits van Ryneveld and Hentie van der Merwe met in September 2013 and decided to become partners, not only in life, but also in business: Hentie, with his passion for art and food, and Frits with his love for quality and design.

Frits, who had been living in Darling for some years and who ran a succesful antique business in his Mantis Mall shop, was the first to come up with the idea. For him it was obvious that Darling should be producing the most delectable old fashioned toffee seeing as its main ingredient, butter, is historically linked to the small town with its picturesque surroundings.

The idea didn't take long to inspire Hentie - artist, lecturer and trained chef - to start journeying into the centuries old art of toffee making, tracking down long-forgotten toffee recipes and experimenting in their kitchen late into the night, while teaching art students about art and photography during the day.

From the start Frits and Hentie decided to produce a range of toffees that are unique to Darling and its surrounds, and true to this vision they try and use as many local ingredients as possible. The butter for the toffee is supplied by a local farmer, made in the European Cultured butter tradition - the main ingredient for the Classic Toffee as well as all the other flavours. The fleur de sel and Veld Flower Honey for the Honey & Salt toffee are both from the Darling area. The Sour Fig (or Latynse naam) with its beautiful yellow or purple flowers, the fruit of which is used for the Sour Fig toffee, is also indigenous to the Darling area, and has been a delicacy of the original inhabitants of the Swartland - the KhoiSan - for centuries.



The Mantis Antique Shop has made space for a state of the art kitchen where members of the public can watch the Darling Sweet Team produce their toffees - the whole process being done by hand - from the assembly of the ingredients to the final packed product. The focus on manual production is very much part of Frits and Hentie's focus on job creation and career development in the Darling community.
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Darling Sweet reviews

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  • The perfect place if you have a sweet tooth! Darling Sweet is a factory, tasting room, and shop. The presentation is perfect, and I don't think anyone can leave without buying some! 
    The perfect place if you have a sweet tooth! Darling Sweet is a factory, tasting room, and shop. The presentation is perfect, and I don't think anyone can leave without buying some!  more »
  • Despite a wet and cold day on the West Coast, we still decided to see if we could see any flowers, it being the height of the flower season. Having been accompanied by a group of friends and... 
    Despite a wet and cold day on the West Coast, we still decided to see if we could see any flowers, it being the height of the flower season. Having been accompanied by a group of friends and...  more »
  • Sells exceptional toffees both hard and soft - love the licorice and rooibos tea - the price is good as I tried to buy more at the airport at a later stage - it is nice to watch the production of the....  more
    Sells exceptional toffees both hard and soft - love the licorice and rooibos tea - the price is good as I tried to buy more at the airport at a later stage - it is nice to watch the production of the....  more »
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  • Toffee & soft caramel lovers, this is the place! I definitely recommend purchasing the ginger & cardamom soft caramel! And buy a ton, it’s hard to find outside of this store so far. I bought 1 box, and it was finished within the hour. 😔
  • Such a sweet little shop! It was pleasant to see how the toffee and caramels are made. Lots of different flavours made it difficult to choose...but it makes for a lovely gift for any toffee/caramel lover.
  • Overall nice stop while traveling thru Darling.
  • They have the most amazing toffees. They fall short only in service under pressure. They had limited tasters, which can be excused after the extended long weekend in December
  • A must stopover. An amazing array of different toffees with taste combinations too many to mention. Small versions are available to sample before you buy. They are very helpful and willing to assist with any questions you may have. You can also stand and watch how they make and wrap the sweets. The boxes have a distinct brand so you cannot miss them if you need to top-up on toffees.

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