I love toffee and homemade candy makes an awesome gift. Plus, it’s so easy to make, as long as you use the right equipment. Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1/2 chocolate chips
Melt the butter in a heavy sauce pan (2qt). Don’t use a huge pan or the mixture just won’t come together correctly. Add the water and sugar. You need to keep stirring this the entire time. A candy thermometer is a necessity. Bring the mixture to a boil on medium heat. Make sure you use a heat proof spoon or spatula. My first batch was ruined at the last minute because my spatula melted. You’ll see the mixture become lighter and almost the consistency of marshmallow. Then it will start to darken and become the color of caramel. You are just about finished. This process will take about 10 minutes. When the toffee gets to 280 degrees (I take it off a few degrees early), pour your toffee onto a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil. Top with chocolate chips. After about a minute, the chocolate will have melted enough so you can spread it over the toffee. If you wish you can top the chocolate with finely chopped nuts. After an hour, break the toffee into smaller pieces and package it up. If you are making this in warm weather, put the cookie sheet in the fridge for 30 minutes. Awesome, inexpensive gift that will really impress people. Who makes candy anymore? WE DO!