Twenty-five Days of Christmas Cheer: December 15th (The World’s Best Toffee Recipe)

I would like to express my sadness and grief about the school shooting in Connecticut yesterday. I cannot imagine how those families feel now, so close to Christmas. I am praying for them, so hard. We all should. Our world is sinful, and it seems that this fact becomes more and more obvious each and every day.

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Today, I am going to share with you what I think is the World’s Best Toffee Recipe EVER.  My mom has been making this at Christmastime for years, and the anticipation of this sweet treat is always wonderful. Seriously. I’m not kidding. This stuff is amazing. It’s called English Toffee, and it comes from the cookbook called Mystic Seaport’s Moveable Feasts.

English Toffee (makes 4 lbs of candy)

2 cups butter (4 sticks)

2 cups sugar

3 cups slivered almonds

6 tablespoons water

12 ounces chocolate chips, melted

1 cup walnuts, chopped

 

1. Grease 11 1/2 x 17 1/2 inch jellyroll pan.

2. In large saucepan, cook butter, sugar, almonds, and water on high heat to boiling.

3. Lower heat to medium high, stirring constantly. Continue to boil until mixture becomes a caramel color. (About 15 to 20 minutes.) (Note: Pay close attention…it is all too easy to burn this.)

4. Immediately pour mixture onto greased pan and spread evenly with spoon or spatula. Mixture will harden.

5. Spread melted chocolate on top of caramel.

6. Let chocolate harden slightly. Sprinkle with walnuts and press nuts into chocolate with hands.

7. When cooled and hardened, break into bite sized pieces.

8. Store in airtight container. (If you don’t eat it all right away!)

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This is a recipe that takes time and patience. If you don’t get it right the first time, try again. Maybe not immediately, but give yourself a chance. I made it on my own for the first time last year, and it wasn’t perfect, but people still told me it was delicious. I hope to make it again in the next week, once I pick up some more butter. That’s the one downside to this recipe…SO MUCH BUTTER! Not that it isn’t yummy or anything…that’s just a lot of butter in one recipe, haha. Especially if you plan on making more than one batch.

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