Saturday, October 1, 2011

Yummy Toffee....So Good But So Bad

I must tell you the story about my favorite candy ever.  Every Halloween, my parents neighbors, would make this wonderful toffee.  They would break it into pieces and distribute it evenly into plastic bags.  I schemed about wearing different costumes to their house  to get as many bags of the rich wonderful toffee.  So home I would run, quick costume change, back to the neighbors.....over and over again until all the candy was mine....muhahahahaha.
Unfortunately that never happened.  The downfall of living in a rural area and relying on your mom for a ride.  When I was too old to go out anymore probably twenty,  maybe older,  I asked Mrs. Hall for her recipe.  She wrote it out on a piece of paper that I still have to this day...bless her.  I loved the old days when you could trust your neighbors not to add razor blades for extra flavor.

Rich Toffee Recipe
A Long Cooking Time
3 Cups Brown Sugar Packed
1 Cup Butter (do not substitute)
1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Cup Corn Syrup

Put all ingredients  in a large heavy saucepan.  Bring to a boil over moderate heat and cook to 290 degrees (hard crack stage).  Stir constantly.  This will take a long time, probably about 45 minutes.  Candy will burn very easily so you must stir constantly.  Pour into large buttered pan in a thin layer and cool and break into pieces.  Note:  If you prefer your toffee chewy rather than brittle, cook to 245 degrees.  Toffee may be flavored with rum extract and poured over nuts if desired.

 Cook and stir.
 Keep stirring.
 Stir some more.
 Keep stirring.
 Ahhhh It's almost there.  Expect a tired arm.

Yummy Yummy.