Homemade Valentine's Day Toffee

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Homemade Valentine's Day Toffee
Courtney Dial Whitmore

Whether you're in love, in like, or just have a serious crush, your object of affection will be in awe of your culinary abilities when presented with this crazy-good toffee. The combo of sweet, salty, and colorful sprinkles makes this treat the perfect Valentine's Day candy. All you need to do is follow these simple steps...

What You'll Need
Courtney Dial Whitmore

What You'll Need

First, stock up on the necessary ingredients: granulated sugar (2 cups), salted butter (4 sticks), sea salt or another favorite topping such as chopped nuts (3 tablespoons), chocolate chips (3 cups), white chocolate (1/4 cup), and a whole bunch of festive Valentine's sprinkles. For tools, you'll need a 10 x 16 inch pan with 1/2 inch sides, a non-stick pot, a candy thermometer, and a wooden spoon.

Melting Phase
Courtney Dial Whitmore

Melting Phase

Over low heat, melt the four sticks of butter in a non-stick pot over. As the butter is melting, be sure to stir with a wooden spoon.

Melting Phase
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Melting Phase

With a candy thermometer placed on the side of the pot, add sugar to the melted butter. The sugar will not completely dissolve -- it should have a "sludge-like" consistency. Add a pinch of salt and then stir with wooden spoon.

Melting Phase
Courtney Dial Whitmore

Melting Phase

Raising the heat to medium, bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, raise the heat to high and stir constantly until candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees, up to 15 minutes.

Pouring Toffee
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Pouring Toffee

Line your pan with tinfoil or parchment paper, and lightly grease with either butter or cooking spray. Carefully pour the candy mixture onto foil and spread evenly with the spoon, allowing to cool for 30 minutes.

Melting Chocolate
Courtney Dial Whitmore

Melting Chocolate

Using a microwaveable bowl, melt the chocolate for a couple of minutes. (Be sure to keep an eye on it.) Spread the chocolate on top of the toffee -- it's OK if the toffee is still warm.

Adding Sea Salt
Courtney Dial Whitmore

Adding Sea Salt

Within 30 minutes of spreading the chocolate, sprinkle your sea salt on the top layer. Not a fan of salt? Simply leave it out altogether, or substitute with another favorite topping such as chopped nuts.

White Chocolate Drizzle
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White Chocolate Drizzle

In a glass bowl, use a microwave to heat up 1/4 cup of white chocolate. Pour into piping bag and snip corner. Be careful as the bag will be warm. Drizzle white chocolate across toffee in a zig-zag motion.

Adding Valentine's Sprinkles
Courtney Dial Whitmore

Adding Valentine's Sprinkles

Give your toffee a Valentine's touch with pink, red, and white heart sprinkles. You can find a variety of sizes at craft and cake stores during the Valentine's season! This is a great step to let the kids pitch in!

Packaging Toffee
Courtney Dial Whitmore

Packaging Toffee

Serve up this tasty toffee in cute cupcake liners or cellophane bags tied with pink or red ribbon. Visit the craft store for lots of additional Valentine's packaging ideas. This toffee makes the perfect gift for your loved ones!

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