Looking for an easy, sweet, homemade snack that your family will love? Try this easy almond toffee that tastes out-of-this-world amazing and is sure to put a smile on people’s faces. Watch the quick video below to see how easy it comes together:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup (8 oz,or 2 sticks) salted butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup roasted almonds, finely chopped (or pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts; pretty much any roasted nut will be tasty on toffee)
- Line a half-sheet pan (18 x 13) with a silpat or parchment paper.
- Combine the butter, sugar, water and vanilla in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan (a stainless steel pan is useful here for the even heat distribution). Cook over medium heat until it begins to boil.
- (Optional but useful step: immediately after the liquid starts boiling, put a lid on the pot for 3 minutes to create steam that will melt any sugar crystals clinging to the sides of the pot.)
- Let the sugar boil and bubble away, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Cook it until a candy thermometer registers 300 F, called the hard crack stage. You can also test it by dropping some of the toffee into a cup of ice water- if it is brittle, it’s ready. Don’t rush it by turning the heat to high because it will burn easily (mine took about 20 minutes on medium-low heat). It should be thick and the color of peanut butter. Immediately pour the toffee onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Cool the toffee for about 2 minutes, then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Let sit for 3-5 minutes until the chocolate is melted, then spread into an even layer on top of the toffee.
- Top the melted chocolate with the finely chopped roasted almonds. Lightly press the almonds into the chocolate so they will stick.
- Let the chocolate set up before breaking the toffee into pieces.