Caramel, Fudge and Toffee Course

(PMCA — November 2017 — Bethlehem, PA) — In early November, Savage Bros. Company, equipment manufacturer located in Elk Grove Village, IL, served as the host facility for PMCA’s Caramel Fudge and Toffee short course.

This was the first time PMCA hosted a course at this facility, which required the association to alter, quite successfully, the traditional format of the course. Savage Bros. purchased and renovated a new building two years ago, which includes a classroom adjacent to a demo room specifically to provide another resource for educational opportunities for the industry.

Mark Heim, a 38-year veteran of the confectionery industry and formerly with the Hershey Company, and Randy Hofberger, a 35-year veteran of the industry and formerly with Nestlé, led both the classroom and hands-on experiences. Course topics included component and ingredient variables, processing fundamentals and troubleshooting for the production of caramel, fudge and toffee products.

Participants in the course had the opportunity to prepare a variety of caramel, fudge and toffee products. Experimenting with several different recipes, participants learned the effects of various ingredients on the resulting taste, color, texture and overall quality of the product. The course included equipment demonstrations, videos and a tour of the Savage Bros. facility. An extensive evaluation of the products produced was conducted throughout each day of the course.

Student Commentary:

“Excellent – instructors are such a wealth of knowledge!”

“Amazing course.”

“Well done – would definitely come back.”

“Enjoyed the course and would recommend it to others.”


Charlie Albrecht, Savage Bros. Co.

James Armstrong, DeMet’s Candy Company                             

Lindsey Augusta, Malley’s Chocolates

Omar Castano, Toronto, ON                                                 

Sebastian Clemens, hler                                                            

Megan Coffey. Victus Ars Inc.           

Erin Crane, DeMet’s Candy Company      

Jacob Fay, PROVA, Inc. 

Zachary Freed, AAK                

Denise GermainGalloway Company

Michael Hasler, Galloway Company                           

Sarah Khan, Reach Organics                                  

Darlene Kramer, Blabbermouth Chocolates                            

Peter Lind, Lake Champlain Chocolates  

Nadia Murray, Sconza Candy Company

Bill Proksa, Savage Bros. Co.

Sara Samala, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates

Kevin Straub, Creo Chocolate

Josh Wegner, Demet’s Candy Company






Foremost Farms

Galloway Company


Roquette America

Savage Bros. Co.

Shank’s Extracts

About PMCA

PMCA is an international organization that enhances the companies and careers of confectionery and snack professionals through inspired learning and the building of long-term personal connections, which empowers our members to create products that bring people joy.