Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins
Old fashioned chocolate dipped Coffee Pecan Toffee! This makes a great gift! From Better Homes and Gardens. A popular variant of toffee in the US is English toffee, which is a very buttery toffee often made with almonds. It is available in both chewy and hard versions; there is some debate as to which is the traditional English style and which is an Americanized version. A popular presentation of English toffee is covered in chocolate and almond pieces.
- 2 cups butter (no substitutes)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons mild-flavor molasses
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
- 1 1⁄2 cups finely chopped toasted pecans
- Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil, extending excess over edges of pan.
- Set pan aside.
- Butter the sides of a heavy 3-quart saucepan.
- Melt the 2 cups butter in saucepan.
- Add sugar, 1/3 cup water, molasses, and 1 tablespoon espresso powder.
- Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils.
- Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan.
- Reduce heat to medium; continue boiling at a moderate steady rate, stirring frequently, until thermometer registers 290 degree F.
- ,soft-crack stage (about 25 minutes).
- Watch carefully after 280 degree F to prevent scorching.
- Remove saucepan from heat; remove thermometer.
- Stir in vanilla.
- Pour candy into the prepared pan.
- Let candy stand about 1 hour or until firm.
- Use foil to lift candy out of pan.
- Break candy into pieces that are about 2 inches in size.
- Melt the 3 tablespoons butter in a heavy medium saucepan.
- Stir in the 1 teaspoon espresso powder till dissolved.
- Add chocolate pieces and melt over low heat, stirring often.
- Place pecans in a shallow dish or on waxed paper.
- Dip half of each candy piece into melted chocolate mixture, coating all sides.
- Place dipped candy on waxed paper.
- Sprinkle with pecans.
- Chill until chocolate is firm.
- Store in a tightly covered container.
- Makes about 2-3/4 pounds (about 48 piecies).
- Give a Gift: With old-fashioned chocolate-dipped Coffee-Pecan Toffee.
- Package the pieces in a cone-shaped paper container.
- Simply lay squares of parchment paper, textured gold paper, and wire mesh atop one another, then roll and twist into a cone.
- Tie the outside of the cone with ribbon and secure the candies inside with cellophane.
I just finished packing up my first batch of this great candy... and more batches will follow, because this is definitely the recipe I will be making as my " homemade gift of the season". I have never made toffee before, and was a little nervous about how this was going to turn out. Followed the cooking directions exactly, and it was perfect. I couldn't find espresso powder in my area, so I used espresso beans that were ground extremely finely in my coffee grinder. And I chose to break the toffee into pieces first, then ice with the melted chocolate mix, and sprinkle with pecans. Very easy and very good!
I haven't made toffee in a long time. This was easy to do and the cooking time is perfect. I will have to admit I cheated. I did not dip each piece in the chocolate. I melted the chocolate chips in the top of my double boiler with the butter and esperesso powder. When it was spreadable, I spread the chocolate mixture over the top of the cooled candy, sprinkled with chopped nuts. After the chocolate had cooled, I then broke the candy into pieces and stored in a tin with tight fitting lid.