Hi. Here’s another episode of candy Kathi loves. A couple months ago, I made Caramel Nougat Chocolate Bars aka Snickers. And there is no way I would let this year come to an end without making another one of my absolute faves. Heath bars or anything else containing toffee is another thing I could never get enough of. It’s the crunchy, buttery caramelized base layer topped with chocolate. The addition of pecans and almonds adds even more crunch and a nutty flavor that goes so well with toffee.
It is beautiful to look at and tastes even more amazing. Need a last minute Christmas gift? Well, you can stop searching and start making this quick and easy Homemade English Toffee. No candy thermometer required!
Seriously. Who wouldn’t want a goodie bag filled with this sweet treat? Homemade gifts are always the best, especially when they’re either useful or yummy! Yep, I wouldn’t mind sitting under our tree munching on this toffee and singing Christmas carols fa-la-la-la-la… count yourself blessed that you weren’t able to listen to that. My singing skills are definitely not meant to be shared. Ha!
One of the things I like most about this toffee is that you can take one bite and savor it for a while. Once the chocolate starts to melt in your mouth and you’re able to really enjoy the caramel layer, you’ll understand what relishing really means. Finding an almond is like finding a prize – fun and exciting!
I still stand amazed at the wonderful things a little butter and sugar can create… you’ll feel so accomplished when breaking a sheet of this easy toffee into pieces. Just wait until you take your first bite – palate partay!
That’s what I’m talking about. No additional words of explanation needed.
Wishing you all the most delectable weekend! Enjoy your cookie exchanges, holiday parties, last minute Christmas shopping trips or quiet nights at home!
Favorite quote I came across this week: “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” – Dr. Seuss
Striving to always keep the true meaning of CHRISTmas in mind. Thanks, love and blessings to all of you!
- 1 cup whole almonds
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
- Start by toasting your almonds. Either preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and toast on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 10 minutes or place almonds in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 2-3 minutes. Once the almonds are done, spread them out onto a foil or baking mat-lined baking sheet and set aside.
- 1. Combine butter, sugar, salt and vanilla. Cook over medium-high heat and bring to a gentle boil. Stir mixture constantly with a wooden spoon until it reaches a golden amber color. The toffee will take on a similar color as the skin of your almonds. This takes about 8 minutes. Pour mixture over almonds and spread evenly.
- 2. While the mixture cools, melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and spread on top of the toffee layer. Sprinkle with pecans and refrigerate for 2 hours before breaking into pieces. Enjoy!
- Homemade English Toffee will keep up to 1 week stored in an airtight container in the fridge.