Toffee Town- Activities

Here are some family activities inspired by our Toffee Town exhibition, exploring the history of Mackintosh's toffee and Quality Street, manufactured in Halifax. 

Have a look through the exhibition first and then try some of the activities below.


Activity #1 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The chocolate factory which makes Quality Street is still working in Halifax today. Why not enjoy the story of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl?

You can download the book to read from your library service.

For Calderdale library members you can follow this link: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/digital-library/ebooks-and-eaudio-books


Maybe you could write a book review for it. You can answer the following questions:


  • Who was your favourite character in the book?
  • What was you favourite part of the story?
  • Would you recommend the book to someone else?


Or try drawing your own cover for the book.



Activity #2 Chocolate Cornflake Buns

Violet Mackintosh experimented with many different recipes for her toffee and here you can see a copy of one of them. Have a go at making your own chocolate creation with this recipe. For this activity you will need the help of an adult.

You will need:

  • 50g butter
  • 100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 3 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • 100g cornflakes
  • Bun cases

Step 1 - Put 50g butter, 100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks and 3 tablespoons of golden syrup in a saucepan or microwavable bowl. Put 100g cornflakes in another large bowl.

Step 2 - Ask an adult to melt the weighed butter, chocolate and golden syrup in the saucepan over a low heat or briefly in the microwave. Allow to cool a little before pouring over the cornflakes.

Step 3 - Stir the ingredients together gently using a wooden spoon. Spoon the mixture into 12 bun cases arranged on a muffin tray (or baking sheet, if you don’t have one). Put in the fridge to set.

Step 4- Enjoy eating them.



Activity #3 - Create your own chocolate box

Look at the lovely designs on the tins. This activity will get you to design your own chocolate box. 

You will need:

  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • Coloured Paper
  • Glue

Step 1 – Print and cut out the template box.

Step 2 – Using pens and different coloured paper decorate the box with your design. Maybe you would like to use some of the ones from the tins.

Step 3 – Glue the tabs and make up the box. You might want to put someone’s favourite sweets in it to give them.

sweet tins




Activity #4 Develop and market your own chocolate sweet

Look at the different advertising posters for Mackintosh on the Toffee Town online exhibition page. You have been given the task of going in front of Dragons Den with a new chocolate to join the Quality Street. Maybe you could sell your brand to your family. Will they want to add your product?

You will need:

  • Costing sheet
  • Marketing sheet
  • List of Sweets already in Quality Street.
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • Coloured Paper
  • Glue
  • Plasticine/Playdough

Step 1 – Do some market research with members of your family of what their favourite quality street is.

Step 2 – Using the costing sheet decide what flavours you would like for your chocolate using the budget.

Step 3 – With the marketing sheet work through how you are going to brand your product and make an example out of clay/plasticine of what it will look like.

Step 4 – Sell your chocolate to your family. Will they agree it should go into the Quality Street brand?




Activity #5 - Create your own 'Golden Ticket' chocolate bar

Look at the examples of different chocolate bar wrappers. This activity will get you to design your own chocolate bar with a golden ticket inside. Maybe you could give your bar to someone special.   

You will need:

  • 200g Chocolate bar
  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Coloured pens
  • Coloured paper, including gold paper
  • Glue

Step 1 – Take the outer wrapper off your chocolate bar.

Step 2 – Draw round your chocolate bar on the gold paper to get the right size for your golden ticket and then write on the details.

Step 3 – With an A4 piece of paper wrap round your chocolate to get an idea where your main design will be then unwrap and draw on your design.

Step 4 – Once you have finished your design for the front of the chocolate bar, you can add the ingredients list on the back, just like a real bar has.

Step 5 - Carefully wrap your chocolate bar and golden ticket in your new wrapper and seal closed with a small amount of glue, ready to give to the person you choose.