MODOC - Out on the empty High Plains, a candy factory is the last thing a traveler would expect to find.
But as Alan Williams puts it, his wife, Tonja, is like the Willy Wonka of western Kansas.
No, there aren't Everlasting Gobstoppers or rivers of chocolate here. However, along Cherokee Road on the western edge of Scott County near the tiny town of Modoc, the smell of warm butterscotch and chocolate waft through a small commercial kitchen. There is just a week until Christmas, and Tonja is busy making the final toffee orders of the season.
"This is my harvest," she said with a smile as she packaged butterscotch toffee on a cold, snowy Friday afternoon...
MODOC, Kan. (KWCH) In the tiny community of Modoc, Kansas, west of Scott City there's a special place helping make people's lives a little sweeter.
A cancer diagnosis in 2009 was the catalyst that eventually led Tonja Williams to start up Tonja's Toffee, "People would say this is really good, you should sell it and I kind of had just ignored them and thought its just something I always do for my family" said Tonja, "It was always my favorite Christmas candy, just a lot of really good memories growing up with my mom when she would whip up a batch." ...