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One of the things I enjoy about Christmas is making special treats for people I love. Last year I made this toffee brittle with chocolate and sea salt and everyone really loved it – so I made it again for this year. It is simple and really has all you need in a food choice – fat, sugar and salt. Ahem.

I don’t have permission to reprint the recipe so I’m just going to link you to it. Toffee Brittle With Chocolate and Sea Salt.

I do have permission to show you all my photos, though, to help you as you make it yourself.

toasting pecans

First you toast the nuts. I used pecans but last year I used walnuts and that was just as good.

butter and sugar cooking

Then you cook the butter and sugar to the hard crack stage. Just keep stirring so it doesn’t burn.

toffee in pan

Spread your toffee in a butter baking sheet. It really is shiny at this point.

melting chocolate chips

And then top it with chocolate chips. The heat from the toffee melts the chips within a few minutes. So simple!

When it has cooled for a bit sprinkle sea salt on top of the chocolate. Don’t knock the salt and chocolate combo until you’ve tried it. It’s goooooood.

toffee in tin

After it has cooled you can break it into bite sized pieces and store it in a pretty tin.

close up of toffee

All that’s left to do now is share. And eat. Mmmm.

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  1. You’re killing me. Of course, a recipe with the words “hard crack” in it before I’ve had my coffee might have something to do with it, but that looks fantastic. My sister-in-law was smart enough to get the toffee recipe from my college boyfriend’s mother before I dumped him, and she’s made it every year since. Delicious!!

  2. yummy! love the chocolate and salt combo – especially when I’m PMSing – I can get everything I crave in one fell swoop. this one looks like a must make.

  3. My favorite candy! When I was a kid we made candy with mom. She had a sweet tooth like no other and was such a great baker and candy maker.

  4. That toffee looks great. To round out the food group issue, I suggest a spiked coffee of some sort to go with the toffee. That way you will cover all 4 major food groups: fat, sugar, salt and alcohol.

  5. We make toffee similar to that each year with nuts sprinkled on the top. I think this year I’ll try the salt on a batch. Looks great!

  6. That sounds yummy! I’m going to have to make this…. it won’t even require a trip to the grocery as I have all the ingredients! I made the chocolate peanut butter ganache pie recipe you posted earlier for one of the Thanksgiving deserts. It was rich and yummy. The only thing I changed was to use the bittersweet dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

  7. Sweet Zombie Jeebus! You’re killing me with the sea salt and chocolate… *drool* I’d make mine with almonds. and dried cranberries. Mmm…

    I love your whisk, by the way. 🙂

  8. My friends and family are all getting toffee for Christmas this year, but it won’t be chock-full of fun things like yours. No chocolate for my uncle, he’s allergic. No nuts for my father, he doesn’t like them. So, just plain toffee for most of them.

  9. OH I am going to have someone make that for mE!!!!!!

    Hmmmm, fireman? Daughter? WOW!
    Thank you for the pictures and I am so glad my eyes are not in trouble. Your snowflakes frightened me initially! Thought i was seeing floaters!

  10. I was reading 100 things about you (got halfway through and noticed your favorite pizza place is the Cape Cod Cafe in Brockton.) Mine, too. Haven’t been there for a few years but love their linguica pizza with the little chopped-up pieces. Always thought it was the best pizza around.

  11. Congratulations on the Tastespotting sighting! You have totally corrupted me by introducing me to that website…aggh…..

  12. This sounds amazing. Now I just need to figure out a way to cook the candy and get it out of the house before the two of us devour it.

  13. I LOVE salt and chocolate as in chocolate covered pretzels. And I’m not much of a chocolate eater. Good thing, as it’s not in our post health issue diet 🙁

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