Crunchy, sweet toffee with creamy milk chocolate and toasted almonds makes this a fan favorite holiday treat!
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted and chopped
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut in pieces
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350. Toast almonds for 5 minutes until fragrant and golden brown. Set aside.
- For thin toffee, lightly coat a 10 x 15 lipped cookie sheet or baking pan with cooking spray. For thicker toffee pieces, use a 9 x 13 sheet or pan. Alternatively, you can use a silpat mat and just eyeball your desired thickness (this is my preferred method.)
- In a heavy bottom saucepan, add light brown sugar, unsalted butter, corn syrup and water. Stir to combine over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover with lid for 1 minute to wash any sugar residue off the sides of the pan.
- Uncover and clip on candy thermometer. Cook the candy mixture without stirring until temperature reaches 285°F. Remove from heat immediately.
- Add vanilla extract and baking soda. Stir vigorously for about 10 turns of the spatula and immediately pour over prepared baking sheet or pan. Using the non-stick spatula, spread the toffee evenly over the surface. Work quickly to spread the toffee, it will set within 30 seconds.
- While the toffee is still warm, sprinkle evenly with milk chocolate chips and allow the heat from the toffee to melt the chips, about 1 to 2 minutes. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the toffee. Top with almond pieces while chocolate is still warm.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator until buttercrunch is firm, about 15-20 minutes. Turn out onto a cutting board, using a sharp knife cut into slightly larger than ‘bite-sized’ pieces or break apart with your hands.
- Sugar mixture will bubble and steam after adding the vanilla and baking soda. Choose a saucepan that will have enough space to accommodate.
Keywords: buttercrunch toffee, homemade candy, simple candy making