Chocolate covered toffee

Nina Brockelman

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

  • 1 cup dark or milk chocolate chips

  • ½ cup white chocolate chips (optional)

  • Sea salt (optional)

Materials:

  • 1 stovetop pot

  • 1 baking sheet

  • Parchment paper

  • Ziploc bag

This holiday season, there’s no better gift to give than a batch of delicious homemade chocolate covered toffee. My sister and I made this to bring to a family Christmas dinner, and it was all gone before we even sat down to eat the meal! With a rich and buttery taste and a delightful crunch, this toffee is sure to be a major hit. What’s more, it’s unbelievably easy to make, wrapped in cellophane, and tied with a festive bow, making adorable holiday gifts for friends and family. 

 

First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. Place a small pot on the stovetop on low to medium heat and melt one stick of butter until it’s fully liquified. Then, add one cup of brown sugar and one teaspoon of fine salt and whisk vigorously until completely combined, which should take approximately one minute. Further cook the mixture on the stovetop for about ten minutes, stirring constantly to make sure it does not separate. If this happens, don’t stress! Simply remove the pot from heat and whisk vigorously until it recombines, and then return to the heat and continue cooking. When it’s done, the mixture should have a smooth consistency and resemble melted peanut butter. Straight from the stovetop, pour the hot toffee onto the prepared baking sheet and allow it to spread into an even layer. Let it cool and harden for about twenty minutes. Then, using a pizza cutter or knife, score the toffee into bite sized pieces. Refrain from fully cutting the toffee as it hasn’t fully hardened yet, but scoring it now will make it easier to break apart when it does. Move the toffee to the refrigerator for an additional twenty minutes or until it’s completely hardened, then break it into pieces. 

Prepare a new sheet of parchment paper on the baking sheet and set it aside. Melt one cup of dark or milk chocolate in the microwave for about a minute and a half and stir until smooth. Be sure to let the chocolate cool to room temperature before using it, because if it’s too warm it will melt the hardened toffee. It’s also worth noting that if the chocolate becomes too cool it will begin to harden itself, which makes it a lot more difficult to spread onto the toffee. My sister and I somehow made both of these mistakes and it wasn’t pretty, so be warned. Dip each toffee square into the chocolate until it is completely covered, and be sure to coat the toffee as evenly as possible, wiping away excess chocolate with the back of a spoon. Place the chocolate covered toffee squares on the parchment paper and move them to the freezer. If you want to add a sprinkle of sea salt on top, I recommend putting the toffee in the freezer for a minute or two and then adding the salt, so it doesn’t sink too far into the chocolate. Leave the toffee squares in the freezer for about twenty to thirty minutes, or until they have completely hardened. 

The chocolate covered toffee is delicious on it’s own, but if you want to take this recipe a step further with a decorative addition, a drizzle of white chocolate on top can make them look a bit more festive. Melt half a cup of white chocolate chips, again letting it cool to room temperature, and pour it into a Ziploc bag. Carefully cut a small hole in the corner of the bag to create a homemade piping tool and decorate the toffee squares as desired. Be sure to return the toffee to the freezer for an additional twenty to thirty minutes so the extra chocolate can harden. These adorable treats are fun to make, taste delicious, and make perfect gifts for friends and family. Enjoy!