I recently had the treat of receiving and delighting in the read Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home, by Nina Wanat.
I am a sucker for sweets, (I am pretty sure that is not shocking to anyone reading this.) But truth be told, there is always something kind of intimidating to me about making candy. It seems confusing, difficult and somewhat magical! (keep in mind this is an honest confession of someone who worked as a professional pastry chef!) Well, in a warm and lovely way, Nina Wanat makes candy making a simple and friendly process.
After drooling through the pages and pages of beautiful recipes, I settled on Toffee. If you know me well- that was a totally predictable choice. I freaking love toffee. I mean, its rally just crunchy caramel, right? Uh, add some chocolate, toasted almonds and sea salt and I was done.
It was shockingly easy to make, and was quickly scarffed up at my house! (I shared Nina’s recipe below)
But the great news is, that I get to give a copy away to one of you to enjoy too!
More about Sweet Confections:
Sweet Confections is a photo-rich how-to guide and collection of 40 delicious candy recipes: from traditional favorites to innovative new twists on the classics, readers will enjoy creating handmade sweets in their own kitchen. Nina’s friendly, personable voice is perfectly suited to walking readers through the ins and outs of candymaking: her explanation of readily available ingredients and tools, as well as basic techniques such as tempering chocolate, hand-rolling truffles, and cooking sugar syrup make the art of handmade candy approachable for everyone. With photography by Diane Cu and Todd Porter, the amazing White on Rice Couple, the book is a visual delight: envision stacks of golden, crunchy peanut brittle; rows of billowy meringues; silky blueberry coconut nougat; a slab of roasted almond and dark chocolate toffee; and creamy wedges of vanilla cheesecake fudge. What a treat!
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Toffee, makes 1 ½ lbs
-1 Tbs water
-1 cup butter
-1/4 cup cream
-1 cup sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla
5 ounces dark chocolate
1 cup toasted almonds, chopped
Flakey Sea Salt for sprinkling
1) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
2) Boil the water, butter, cream, sugar, and salt over medium heat in a 3-quart saucepan. Stir slowly and constantly with a heatproof spatula until the syrup reaches 300 F. (Use a candy thermometer.)
3) Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in the vanilla
4) Pour onto the parchment paper. Let stand 1 minute, then sprinkle chocolate on top of the toffee- wait 3-5 minutes for the chocolate to melt, then spread it evenly over the toffee with an offset spatula.
5) Sprinkle on the almonds, followed by the sea salt, if using.
6) Refrigerate the toffee until the chocolate is set, about 45 minutes.
7) Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.Print Recipe
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This looks delicious! My favorite candy is a toss up between Reese’s cups and Heath bars.
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Wow – not only does the toffee look amazing, but your pictures are incredible! Best ever!
My favorite candy is – peanut butter cups! Chocolate and peanut butter are irresistible to me! Thanks for a GREAT giveaway!
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peanut butter cups make me weak in the knees!
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I love toffee/almond roca-type candy, but have never made caramels and would love a good recipe for those. I would love to win this book!
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looooove toffee. i can eat an entire batch all by myself. I bet I can eat TWO batches of this!!!
Toffee is my absolute all time favorite candy treat! Too bad my rear end doesn’t like it very much, but my stomach sure does! xo
marianne- my sentiments exactly!
YUM! The sea salt is a excellent compliment to the chocolate and toffee.
Favorite candy: chocolate peanut butter cups, red and black licorice is a close 2nd!
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Anything that contains chocolate would be considered my favorite candy!
My favorite candy is See’s candy. Scotchmallow…yummy
that is VERY nostalgic! I have a dear friend who can take down a whole box of those!
Reese cup or Almond Joy!
This toffee sounds so yummy!
Dark chocolate and coconut.
Vicki- anybody who truly loves chocolate and coconut has to experience the best candy of all time. You MUST go to Frans, a local Seattle company for their coconut gold bars. https://www.franschocolates.com/store/home.php?cat=21 TO DIE FOR!!
Favorite candy..a Chocolate Snowball… fudgy center, coated in coconut! YUM!
I would have to agree that toffee is my favorite, and I really should make it myself so that I can leave out the almonds, which sometimes cause an allergic reaction for me.
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i know it sounds weird, but my favorite candy EVER is sour punch straw BITES. heaven. i’m drooling just thinking about them!
what!? what are those?
My favorite candy is an Almond Joy. YUM! And I have to ask because I am on the hunt for a good toffee recipe. Is the caramel on this one really really hard? Like it might break your teeth hard or does it have some give? Thanks!
a bit of give for sure. Then I have realized, if left out, it gets softer. I bet if you let it go for longer at 300, or just slightly higher, then you would get a crunchier toffee…
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Salted nut rolls.
Toffee, actually, is my favorite candy. And I, too, made a huge batch of Nina’s toffee and couldn’t stop eating it.
I dont need to win, I had the book… but I have to say, isnt it fabulous? GREAT recipes! And beautiful toffee girl!
My favorite kind of candy is anything sour. Especially sour patch kids!
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HOMEMADE peanut butter fudge!
I LOVE truffles!
You picked my favorite candy! Toffee, hands down.
I am also a nut for toffee! when i saw this post i went crazy and can’t wait to try it!
Peanut brittle recipient handed down from my great aunt. I have enjoyed learning about the world of candy making, no thermometers allowed! :o)
that is WAY too intimidating to me! (but very impressive!)
I love hersheys bar with almonds!
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My favorite candy is toffee as well. And the addition of the sea salt was not only inspired – but equally required. The sweet and salty combo gets me every time.
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I love toffee! always a favorite! Yours is gorgeous!
Toffee is my favorite. Gorgeous photos!
What an amazing recipe and an amazing looking book. Todd & Diane had told me about it, they’re so talented!
Can’t wait to try looks great. Toffee is my all time favorite!
LOVE this toffee for gifts & I want this beautiful book too 🙂
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Anything chocolate. Add nuts and it’s even better!
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Follow you via e-mail, love your recipes!! My fav candy is actually a chocolate bar here in Canada called a big Turk. Has a jujube type innards covered with milk chocolate! Weird but I love it. Peppermint patties are a very close 2nd!!
I seriously love toffee with dark chocolate, but I think if it counts, fudge would be my absolute favorite. Just made some, in fact. *sigh*
Peppermint bark. =)
I love and appreciate all your recipes but would love another great book to add more delicious treats in my life….I follow you on Facebook and your website
My favorite candy to eat and to make are chocolate truffles rolled in bitter cocoa powder. The bitter, then the sweet…. ahhhh.
Ever since I tasted a Heath bar many years ago, it has been my favorite candy.
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Toffee is probably my favorite holiday candy, right up there with chocolate bark and fudge.
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Love, love, love toffee and make it only at Christmas time because it is so yummy! I will try your recipe this weekend.
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my favorite candy is almond joy
Should I admit? A snickers bar.
Favorite candy is m&ms of course
It had to be toffee!!
It has to be toffee!!
I just made this recipe and it was not only easy, but delicious and addictive. Thanks for posting it and making it look so easy!
Dark chocolate peanut butter cups!
can you PLEASE post a recipie for making fondant? I really need an easy (If possible) recipie…… ps I made Yogurt Parfait and the granola and it was delish!
Love this toffee, but have not had success with storing. The chocolate ends up blooming, any suggestions? Also, have you ever tried freezing?
Shoot Peggy! I am so sorry! I bet around here it never lasted long enough to find out on the counter. I would definitely try freezing.
Yes that’s usually the case here as well, the stuff never last long! I boxed some up for gifts and noticed the blooming. Still taste awesome, and my family appreciates all of my oops! Will keep on experimenting! Thanks for the inspirations.
Looks great, gonna try it for Christmas gifts!
Caramels! Boozy chocolates! And toffee. Will be making this tomorrow to give to my boys’ teachers.