Mom’s homemade toffee was always a special treat for Mark Graves growing up in his family home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2006, after years of perfecting her secret family recipe, Mark’s mother, Karen Graves, decided to turn her favorite hobby into her own home-based business. That year, Chapel Hill Toffee made its retail debut at A Southern Season, a specialty foods market in the heart of Chapel Hill.
In 2008, Mark decided to join his mother in the kitchen and help her take her small business to the next level. Mark’s wife, Christy Graves, a fellow Chapel Hill native, soon joined the team and in June of 2015, they welcomed their first son, Griff! Karen’s oldest son, Scott, is now also on board as the newest member of the family business!
While Chapel Hill Toffee has quickly expanded to over 400 retail locations with an online store that ships to customers all over the country, their toffee is still lovingly handcrafted in the place where it all began, “The Southern Part of Heaven”.