Once upon a time….long, long ago….one of my daughters made this homemade toffee for a friend and sent it to him in a box with other goodies. He really liked the toffee, and eventually he proposed to her. I’m not sure if the toffee had anything to do with it, but it didn’t hurt.
This homemade treat makes a nice Valentine’s Day gift. It’s easy to make, but it takes patience to stand there and stir for 14 minutes. My 11-year-old and I take turns stirring, and I help her test it and pour it since the mixture is boiling hot.
2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
2 TBS water
iced water to test consistency
Stir butter, sugar and 2 TBS water over medium heat until mixture melts and reaches a boil. Continue boiling and stirring for 14 minutes. Mixture will thicken and turn golden brown when it’s nearly done. Test by dropping small amount of toffee in iced water. If it turns brittle, it’s done. Immediately pour on foil-covered cookie sheet.
If you like thin toffee, spray the foil with non-stick coating. Spread in the pan. Either sprinkle chocolate chips on toffee and spread them as they melt, or melt chocolate chips in the microwave and drizzle on toffee. Place in refrigerator until chocolate is firm.
This tastes like a Heath bar, only better. Buttery with a delicate crunch. Enjoy!