Buttery, crunchy, covered in chocolate and nuts….I shouldn’t have to say much more to convince you to try this recipe, but I will add this: for someone who is often intimidated by candymaking, this was relatively simple to do. Just be sure to wait until the only babysitter you’ve got isn’t you for a couple of reasons. First, you have to pay attention. Turning away at the wrong time could be disastrous. Second, little kids in the kitchen with very hot candy…need I say more?
I followed the recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (you know the one…the red-checked one…). Whenever I make something for the first time, I usually look for the recipe there first because….a.) it’s probably in there, and b.) if the recipe is there, it’s probably the most basic version, and I like to learn (and hopefully master) the basic version of something before I branch out and try to “improve” upon it.
Anyway, this was really simple. You just melt your butter, add sugar, water and a little corn syrup and boil until it reaches 390 degrees…which is really hot….again, get a babysitter. Anyway, when it reaches that temperature (or hard crack stage as my candy thermometer calls it), you pour it in the pan. Allow it to sit and set for a few minutes then sprinkle chocolate chips on top. When they begin to melt, just spread them out. After a few minutes, sprinkle chopped nuts on top. Cool (or chill if there’s room in your fridge) for about 10 mintues then break it up.
I’t perfect for gifts. Just put it in a clear cellophane bag and tie it with a pretty bow. (Think: teachers!)
Here’s the list of ingredients:
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds.
Butter the sides of your sauce pan and melt butter. Add sugar, water and corn syrup. Bring to a boil and boil evenly (stirring regularly) until it reaches 290 or hard crack stage. Remove from heat. Pour onto aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Working quickly (very quickly!) spread to desired thickness. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Spread melting chocolate over top. Sprinkle nuts on top. Chill for at least 15 minutes. Flip candy over and break into pieces. Store in airtight container in fridge.
Note: when boiling the candy, it takes a long time to get to 350 or so, and you might be tempted to look away, do other things, whatever…don’t! After 350 or 360 things really get moving and it heats up quickly so pay attention!