One of the Hubster’s very favorite candies in the world is toffee. He will never turn down good toffee. When we were at Disney last fall, he used a lot of his snack credits for the English butter toffee that they sell all around the parks. He got so many, we had extra to bring home.
Since Veteran’s Day was Wednesday, and he hasn’t gotten to have any good toffee in a long time, I decided that I’d whip up a batch for my favorite soldier, as a thank you for his hard work and dedication to the service, as well as his family. And since he liked the toffee at Disney so darned much, why not try to replicate it?
I decided when I made this candy that I wanted it in neat, cute squares…like they sell at Disney. Usually when I make toffees and barks, I just let them cool and break them all willy nilly. This time, though, I poured my hot toffee into my prepared pan and let it cool for about five minutes. Then, I used my sharp paring knife and just gently ran it through, dividing the candy into even squares. I had to repeat each line a few times as the candy cooled, because it will melt back together again. But eventually, it cools enough to hold to score marks.
Next, I rolled each of my toffee squares in chopped almonds. Again, you can just put almonds on one side, cover the candy entirely, or skip the nuts altogether. I was going for Disney-style, though, so each of my toffee squares got a nice covering of almonds.
Once all the squares are covered and coated and as chocolaty and nutty as you wish, line them up on a bit of parchment paper to set completely before serving.
Hubs was super surprised to receive his favorite candy, and I had fun emulating one of our favorite Disney treats. I think they turned out quite close to the real thing, and they’re much easier to make than you’d expect. Cooking the toffee only takes 1- to 15 minutes, depending on your stove, and the rest of the work is simply coating them in goodies after they cool. I hope you’ll give them a try this holiday season. They make a great gift, packaged in a pretty tin or box, and they’re excellent on any holiday dessert table.
- ½ cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter
- ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (more, if needed)
- 1 cup finely chopped almonds, optional
- Line a 9x13 pan or rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat mat; set aside.
- In a small saucepan set over medium high heat, combine the butter, sugar, water, and salt. Stir until the butter is melted and the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches about 250 degrees (120 C) on a candy thermometer. Continue boiling, stirring gently (be sure to get in the corners of the pan), until the mixture reaches 298 degrees (about 150 C).
- Remove the mixture from the heat and pour onto the pan. If necessary, use an offset or heatproof spatula to spread the candy evenly. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then use a sharp knife to score the candy into squares by pressing the knife into the candy gently. You may have to go over your score marks more than once as the candy cools.
- While the candy cools, gently melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring frequently.
- Once the candy is cooled, gently break it apart along the score lines.
- Dip each square into the chocolate, either covering just one side, or enrobing the whole piece. Press the chocolate covered candy into the chopped almonds, if using. Again, you can just cover one side or coat the entire square in almonds.
- Allow to cool and set completely before cutting or breaking into pieces and serving.