How to Make Toffee

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For the bragging rights of homemade candy without the stress, try this fast, easy and tasty toffee treat. It's a perfect dish for a Christmas dinner with the family, a Valentine's Day dessert or a neighborhood block party. Make enough to go around-it doesn't last long.

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Things you need

  • Chopped walnuts
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Semisweet chocolate chips

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  1. 1

    Prepare an 8 x 8 inch baking dish by buttering the sides and bottom. Sprinkle the walnuts on the bottom of the dish.

  2. 2

    Combine brown sugar and butter in a small saucepan, over medium heat.

  3. 3

    Stir the brown sugar and butter often until it reaches a "soft-crack stage." This means that a bit of the sugar mixture, dropped into cold water, will form firm strings. When removed from the water, they will bend before breaking.

  4. 4

    Remove the sugar mixture from the heat and pour over the nut layer. If necessary, use a non-stick rubber spatula to spread the mixture.

  5. 5

    Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the sugar mixture. Allow the dish to stand for 2 minutes, or until the chocolate chips have begun to melt slightly.

  6. 6

    Spread the softened chocolate chips with a rubber spatula so the entire top layer is covered in smooth chocolate.

  7. 7

    Cover and refrigerate until completely cooled. Once chilled, break the toffee into pieces and store in an airtight bag or container.

Tips and warnings

  • You may substitute peanuts, almonds, cashews or other chopped nuts for the walnuts. Varying the amount of nuts is also an option.
  • Spray the spatula with non-stick cooking spray, so the sugar mixture is less likely to stick to the spatula.

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