Candy is scary and can result in disastrous, terrible messes. Toffee is delicious, addicting and amazing but it is a candy. A candy thermometer is a good investment which will yield you abundant amounts of wonderful, delicious candies for you to share with your friends and get cavities from.
My candy thermometer is from wal-mart and it cost about $3 which is why I didn't trust it until yesterday, when I tested it in some boiling water and then decided to give toffee a go. Its amazing how expensive toffee is when this toffee was literally butter and sugar, with some chocolate chips and almonds on top. So don't be scared! The ingredients aren't scary (other than the calorie count maybe...) and the method isn't scary! You can do it!
adapted from Allrecipes.com
- 2 cups butter
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup finely chopped almonds
- Cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil, parchment paper or grease it.
- In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until the butter is melted. Whisk constantly until it come to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally until the mixture becomes a dark amber color, and the temperature has reached 300 degrees F.
- As soon as the toffee reaches the proper temperature, pour it out onto the prepared baking sheet. Rap the sheet on the counter to get rid of the bubbles and to spread it out. Wait a minute or so for it to set up a little, then sprinkle the chocolate over the top, and let it set for a minute or two to soften. Spread the chocolate into a thin even layer once it is melted. Sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate, and press in slightly.
- Place the toffee in the refrigerator to chill until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container.