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chocolate coated toffee

butter toffee with chocolateHello 2017!  By now most of you are back to your daily routine.  Our Christmas decorations and tree are still up but it’ll all be put to bed come Friday – or at least the tree will be stripped and out on the sidewalk (garbage collection day).  Over the holidays I made my usual goodies as that’s what my family has come to expect and heaven help me if I change any part of that tradition (insert happy face here).  However, I did manage to introduce on New Year’s Eve a new treat – toffee.  I have never made it before and the recipe I found (slightly altered) is from Delish.  The batch I made was enough for our neighbour’s NYE social drop in and a bit left over as a sweet treat for our NYE dinner party.  These were a hit.  They were easy to make and very addictive!

This toffee recipe yields a delicious crunchy base topped with chocolate and nuts.  The texture of toffee can be soft or hard; it all depends on the cooking process.  There are oodles of toffee recipes and for an easy view, check out Pinterest toffee ideas.

1 1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups dark chocolate chips
1/2 cups macadamia nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup pistachio nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
sea salt, for garnish

Grab a heavy bottomed saucepan and over medium-high heat, combine butter, sugar, vanilla. When butter has melted, stir constantly with a spatula so the butter and sugar don’t separate.  Cook until mixture turns a dark amber (about 15 minutes).

butter toffeePour toffee mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and immediately top with chocolate chips. Let sit a couple of minutes then use a spatula to spread chocolate all over and create a layer on top of toffee.  Sprinkle nuts and top sea salt. Refrigerate until set then break into pieces and serve.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:  Have the toasted nuts, chocolate, and parchment-lined tray ready before you begin to melt the butter.  Use your favourite nuts to dress the toffee.  Enjoy!

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