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Sugar, glucose and water are mixed together in a copper pan and boiled to a temperature of approx 300 degrees fahrenheit the boiling toffee mixture is then poured onto a metal plate which slowly starts to cool the toffee. Permitted food colours will be added as appropriate, traditional seaside rock will be the colour normally associated with the flavour, in the case of special orders the colours will be whatever the customer has requested, lettering can be any colour but is frequently black.
Each colour to be used will be added in a different section of the toffee to keep the colours separated, once fully mixed in each colour section is cut out and placed in bowls to be used later. The remaining toffee from the cooling plate goes onto a machine which acts like a food mixer and slowly beats air into the toffee turning it white it is here where the flavour is added, this toffee will become the white crunchy centre of the rock. The next stage is to make the lettering using black and white coloured toffee , the black toffee is moulded and shaped by hand to make the individual letters and the white toffee is used to fill in gaps and to support the letters.
“The art of rock making is alive and well and still hand made in the traditional method, it’s how Blackpool Rock should be made.”
Each finished letter is approx 18 inches long and stands like an oblong block with the black letter clearly visible, surrounded by white toffee, when all the letters have been made they will be put in the correct order to make up the message that is going in the rock and one final check to ensure there are no spelling mistakes. Next is the coloured casing that goes around the rock, which can be virtually any colour, the coloured toffee that has been kept in bowls is now rolled out with a rolling pin until quite flat, then cut into lengths and joined together alternately to create stripes.
Now the centre, the large amount of white toffee is removed from the mixing machine and the whole lot is rolled into a very large tube of solid white toffee, the word Blackpool is placed on the top of the centre and word rock goes on the bottom of the centre then the entire centre and letters are wrapped in the stripped casing until completely covered.
You now have one very large bar of rock complete with lettering and coloured stripes, this goes into a machine know as a batch roller which keeps the rock secure and circular whilst it is pulled out into long lengths or strings of rock which are rolled until they have cooled and are then cut into bar sizes, wrapped and labelled. Job Done