This recipe is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s holiday series, Mission: Merry 2012.
Toffee. Toffee. Toffee. I make you every December. And every December, you make people fall in love with me. Even strangers on the street want some of this. (The toffee, you sicko!) This is by far my most prized and cherished recipe. I’ve kept it secret for all these years, but if I want you to like me, I’m going to have to give this up. This is the easiest and most delicious thick toffee you will ever make. I don’t even use a candy thermometer! I know! I’m like Martha Stewart! ;)
I had the most darling wooden fruit baskets from Garnish and they were perfect to package this toffee up! They’re big enough to hold toffee for two, but small enough that you don’t overdo it. It’s all about portion control, people. That’s why I only order kid’s meals at McDonald’s…
Cute baskets, right? Add in some stamped tissue paper and velvet ribbon, and you’re on your way to being the toffee-making, velvet-wrapping, treat-queen of the year. Are you sick of these one-liners? You’re ready for the recipe, aren’t you?
I’ve stalled long enough.
To make your own toffee you’ll need:
- 7-8 large hershey’s chocolate bars
- 4 sticks of butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. finely crushed cashews
- 1/2 c. coarsely chopped cashews
On a large cookie sheet, sprinkle 1/2 c. of the finely crushed cashews and lay the chocolate bars evenly on top. Place the cookie sheet in the oven at 200 degrees F and let the chocolate melt. Once the bars have melted, remove cookie sheet from oven. In a large sauce pan or stock pot, combine butter, sugar, and vanilla. Bring to a boil and watch like a hawk. Stir slowly and constantly. Toffee will be ready to pour when the color starts to change to a darker brown. This takes about 12 minutes. Once the toffee color changes, add 1/2 c. coarsely chopped cashews and mix well. Immediately spread over chocolate bars and sprinkle with remaining cashews. Let set for a few hours. You can speed up the process in the freezer if you are impatient like me. :)
Once ready, use a sharp knife to break off jagged pieces. Toffee is thick so be careful when cutting!
Devour. Wrap for friends and win the “neighbor of the year” award.
photo cred: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel