To carry on your culture? Oh yeah. That’s what us white ladies are charged with. We must carry on hearth and home. Way more important than excel spread sheets.
There is no more important way to do that than through our food. There is no more beloved food than our Christmas candy. So let’s get to it!
Toffee is easy and it is not. It’s like learning to ride a bike. The primordial form is easy enough to assemble.
Chocolate Chips (I’ve made my own chocolate and peppermint too- the peppermint is actually worth it but haven’t been so pleased with the chocolate. I’ve also used very pricey chocolate but still have the best result with semi-sweet chocolate mid-brand)
In this case I used 1 cup of each. I suggest this as a good starting point. In a medium sauce pan I combined them over medium heat. I also added two table-spoons of water. If this is necessary or superstition I can’t tell you.
When you are dealing with boiling sugar, you always have to stir frequently, but not in a hyper way. Add a bit of salt and vanilla during this phase.
Pro-tip for kids whose moms had to work too much to teach them how to cook. Your regular spoon us about a teaspoon and your soup spoon is about the same as a tablespoon. In this case you will add about a teaspoon of vanilla. If you don’t have vanilla, you can use brandy or really any kind of brown liquor.
It changes color. It’s kind of exciting. You can use a candy thermometer set on hard-crack but the real thing is that you watch the mixture rise and fall and pull away from the sides of the pot. It rises and falls a couple of times.
Pour it out immediately on to some kind of aluminum foil covered dish that has sides. You can pretty much tell within the first five minutes if it worked because it starts to harden right away.
Then sprinkle and spread the chocolate on top. Like frosting a cake. For the peppermint, I put the sticks in a ziplock baggie and beat on them with a wooden mallet. It’s fun. I also like to add flake-salt to the top. As soon as the chocolate dries you can break the toffee into small bite-sized and incredibly caloric pieces. I give it too my friends and neighbors every year.‘
You should also dust it with powered sugar to keep it from sweating.