Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Best Toffee You Will Ever Have

Tradition. It’s what makes the world go round.
We have a lot of traditions in our family around the holiday. Every year, we wrestle with putting the lights on the tree. We always go to overcrowded malls on Christmas Eve. We always go out and get greasy breakfast on Christmas morning. I pout that only my ornaments were ruined by our dog Chelsea, so many years ago. We take unflattering family photos that have never emerged into the public.
We bake. Oh yes, we bake.

Cookies, bars, candies, brownies. Bake, bake, bake!

Today was day number one. We made the world’s best toffee. And I’m going to let you in on the wonderful goodness that it was. Sweet, chewy, chocolate-y, nutty, perfect.
But before I do, remember to please check out my giveaway! It’s really not a gimmick… just cash money from me to you. You do like free stuff, don’t you?

And once you check out my giveaway, come right on back and make this recipe. Make it for your friends. Make it for your family. Make it for yourself and secretly stash it for “Santa.” I won’t tell, if you don’t.

What ya need:
2 cups butter
2 cups white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped almonds

What ya do:
1. In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Allow to come to a boil, and cook until the mixture becomes a dark amber color, and the temperature has reached 285 degrees F. Stir occasionally, but don’t overstir or else it will separate. Be very patient… this is a long process.
2. While the toffee is cooking, cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
3. As soon as the toffee reaches the correct temperature, pour it out onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the chocolate over the top, and let it set for a minute or two. Trust me it will melt. Spread the chocolate into a thin even layer once it is melted. Sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate, and press in slightly. I used plastic gloves to do this.
4. Place the toffee in the refrigerator to chill until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container.


Unknown said...

This looks so good and it doesn't look messy at all :-)

Taylor said...

I always love making toffee at Christmas time...and since you said it's the best, I'm putting it on my list of Christmas goodies to make :)

Christina said...

looks beautiful!

Unknown said...

Those look great. I wish I thought of the recipe idea. I just had my cookie exchange this past weekend. It would have been great to do the recipe exchange too.

Monet said...

I'm not sure if my last comment showed up or not...but I love the idea of making my own toffee. This would be such a great gift to give and to snack on while in the process of preparing/wrapping. Thank you so much for sharing this with me! I hope you have a lovely week!

The Chocolate Priestess said...

That's thick toffee! Needs a thicker layer of chocolate I think but I'm biased.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! It looks simply fantastic!

Chef Dennis Littley said...

I love toffee!! what a wonderful recipe, thank you so much for sharing it with us, I was just looking for a good toffee recipe!

Heather said...

Absolutely droolworthy. :)

Evan @swEEts said...

I just put out all the ingredients to make this toffee when I get home from work! My mom makes this every year as well :) I love family traditions!

Jason Phelps said...

THis does look like it could be best I would ever have. Guess I will have to make it sometime and see!!

Thank You


Unknown said...

Toffee equals love in my book. It's just caramel a little harder, right? I will be making this!

Unknown said...

This toffee looks splendid. I've been wanting to make my own toffee and chocolate bark this year, and this seems like a wonderful starting point!

Also, I love Christmas traditions. In my household peanut brittle is the traditional candy of choice.