The holidays are right around the corner. That being said, it is imperative to have a simple, easy, crowd pleasing dessert in your repertoire. I love cookies and believe a great pie can go a long way, but my go-to is always a candy bark. Quick, versatile, and oh-so good.
Chocolate toffee bark is a classic. There’s really not much to it; it only takes four ingredients to make. However, for those with sweet teeth, it’s the perfect treat. The process is also fairly simple, compared to a lot of other candy making. I’ve tried caramel candies (and failed miserably) but find that toffee is sort of a foolproof process. One note to make, however, is to not be afraid to add heat. I’m always concerned about burning things, but in this case, for the chemical reaction to take place, things need to get hot.
With chocolate toffee bark, I will bring a container out after a Thanksgiving meal, or give out boxes at Christmastime. It keeps incredibly well and is a change from the traditional desserts you’ll find at a holiday table. I’m definitely going to be experimenting with different recipes within the next few weeks.
Chocolate Toffee Bark
2 1/2 sticks of butter
1 1/4 cups of sugar
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup crushed almonds
In a pot over medium-high heat, bring butter and sugar to a boil. The ideal temperature for this candy mixture is 280 degrees, so if you have a candy thermometer, you can test it that way. Otherwise, you can work off of color. You want your butter and sugar to mix thoroughly, to turn amber and caramelize. Once this process is complete, you can pour the toffee mixture onto a silicone sheet of some parchment paper. Spread your chocolate chips on top and let sit for two minutes. Then, spread the chips (which will now be melted) across the toffee base. Sprinkle crushed almonds on top and pop in the fridge for at least an hour. Once set, you can simply break the bark apart with your hands into ideal sized pieces, and serve.
Do you have a go-to holiday dessert? Is there something you grew up making, that you can’t imagine the holidays without? Let me know in the comments below.