This might just be the best recipe that I have ever shared with you- and it is one of our very favorite family Christmas recipes! My mom (my babies’ “Nonna”) makes the BEST toffee in the world and I convinced her to make some to share with you today!
In our home, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without baking some of our favorite treats- do you feel that way? We have a tradition of making all of our favorites each year- gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, rocky road fudge, caramels, and THIS amazing toffee. I usually end up making extra pans to share, and I always get asked for the recipe. It is really not hard to make- all you need is minimal ingredients and a good candy thermometer. Sometimes using a candy thermometer can seem daunting, but I promise, this recipe isn’t bad at all!
Side note- one of the best things to do with it (or just with the leftover crumbs- if you have any) is to use it as a topping on ice cream. Oh my goodness, yum.
NONNA’S FAMOUS TOFFEE
- 2 cups salted butter
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 bag (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips (you can use milk chocolate if you prefer)
- 1-2 cups chopped or sliced almonds optional
Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
In a heavy pot, add butter, sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat butter mixture on medium to medium-low heat, stirring until butter is melted. Continue stirring as it comes to a boil. Make sure to scrape sides and bottom of entire pan while stirring constantly until mixture reaches 300 degrees on the candy thermometer.
Once toffee mixture reaches 300 degrees and is thick and golden, remove from heat and continue to stir a few more times. Immediately dump onto the greased cookie sheet and spread out evenly. Pour chocolate chips evenly over toffee and let sit a few minutes until melty.
Using a butter knife or rubber spatula, spread chocolate over toffee. Sprinkle with almonds. Place in the fridge until the chocolate is completely set. To serve, lift corners to begin to break toffee into pieces, and repeat for entire pan.
Yields about 3 lbs of toffee.
This toffee is dangerously good. If you prefer not to use nuts, it is still delicious without them. I know you will love it!
And here are 10 more delicious Christmas treat recipes- a sampling of some of our very favorite holiday desserts for you to try this season! It has been so fun sharing our favorite recipes with you throughout the holiday season this year!