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Mildred's Toffee

Yield Makes about 1 1/2 pounds

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

How to Make It

  1. Spread 1 cup pecans into a 9-inch circle on a lightly greased baking sheet.

  2. Bring sugar and next 3 ingredients to a boil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until mixture is golden brown and a candy thermometer registers 290° to 310° (about 15 minutes). Pour sugar mixture over pecans on baking sheet.

  3. Sprinkle with morsels; let stand 30 seconds. Spread melted morsels evenly over top; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Chill 1 hour. Break into bite-size pieces. Store in an airtight container.

  4. Bourbon-Pecan Toffee: Substitute 1/4 cup bourbon for 1/4 cup water. Proceed as directed.

  5. Almond Toffee: Substitute 1 cup chopped toasted slivered almonds for 1 cup chopped pecans to sprinkle on baking sheet. Substitute 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds for 1/2 cup chopped pecans to sprinkle over chocolate. Proceed as directed.

  6. Hawaiian Toffee: Substitute 1 cup chopped toasted macadamia nuts for 1 cup chopped pecans to sprinkle on baking sheet. Substitute 1/2 cup toasted sweetened flaked coconut for 1/2 cup chopped pecans to sprinkle over chocolate. Proceed as directed.