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English Toffee + Easy Gift Idea

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The holidays are a crazy time of year for most people. It is expensive, time consuming and exhausting. Everyone is having holiday parties and there are a million family obligations. Of course, you never want to show up empty handed! Gift giving can be a huge source of stress and anxiety, and can become quite impersonal. It never fails that SOMEONE will give you a gift that you were not expecting to receive, and you suddenly feel a weird obligation to return the favor. It can be very difficult to come up with individual presents and it never hurts to have some back ups! Hand making gifts can be a wonderful and inexpensive way to have something for everyone, and allows your loved ones (or other acquaintances) the opportunity to reap the benefits of your talent. When it comes to us, the main thing we want to share with those around us is food! We decided to make a sweet treat that practically everyone is familiar with, and show them how good it can be when made VEGAN!

English toffee is a delicious and easy confection made up of mostly butter and sugar. Add some chocolate and almonds, and what’s not to love?? It is also a very pretty candy, and is nicely shown off in glass mason jars! Top your jar with a cute and festive sticker, and you are ready to go! Everyone will be thrilled to receive a tasty treat made with love and compassion, and it will hardly cost a thing. This year, relieve some of your stress with this simple and sweet recipe that everyone will surely love. Happy holidays!

English Toffee {recipe}

Makes 12 - 1/2 pint jars

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 15oz tub earth balance vegan butter
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c chopped almonds

METHOD

  1. In a heavy bottom saucepan, cook butter, sugar and salt until mixture reaches 300° F will be foamy and bubbly, stir often.

  2. Once it reaches 300°, take off heat and stir in vanilla until bubbles and foam subside.
  3. Quickly pour onto parchment lined cookie sheet, making sure mixture is even. 
  4. Let rest for a few minutes so toffee begins to harden.
  5. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the toffee. Allow to sit a few minutes for chips to melt.
  6. Spread and smooth chips to form a chocolate coating.
  7. Sprinkle almonds on while chocolate is still melted.
  8. Place in fridge or freezer to set.
  9. Once completely cool, use a butter knife and mallet to break toffee into bite size pieces. or use clean hands to break apart.

 

NOTE: Feel free to add in your favorite nuts to the toffee for a delicious nutty brittle.

 

EASY GIFT IDEA!

  1. Stack into 1/2 pint mason jars. (Makes 12)

  2. Print & cut labels (download here) place under ring, give as gifts!

 

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Nutrageous Grave Bites

We all know Halloween is a holiday of indulgence, so what would it be without something spooky AND sweet? Crazy...that’s what! Being a night with so many cruelty-filled candies, we knew we had to make our own little bite size compassionate candy bars. These are reminiscent of one of our favorite chocolate treats growing up, the Nutrageous bar. A sweetened peanut butter core topped with peanuts and caramel, all wrapped up in a decadent chocolate shell. WOW, what is there not to like?!

It was off to the laboratory and the mad scientists began their work. Mixing & stirring. Blending & melting. Freezing & spreading. Then we had it, the perfect bite! These little mounds look like a fresh grave, so we popped on some fun printed tombstones, and there we had it- our own delicious graveyard. Now don’t think these are only for Halloween; they can be enjoyed anytime of year. They can easily be formed to any shape or size you like. These little treats are so hauntingly delicious that they nearly disappeared before the tombstones made it on them….oops!  

 

Nutrageous Grave Bites {recipe}

30-45 bites depending on size

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Date Caramel

    • 2 c pitted dates

    • ¾ c Hot water

    • ½ tsp Vanilla

  • Peanut Butter Core

    • 1 c Peanut Butter

    • ½ c Coconut Flour

    • ¼ c Powdered Sugar

  • 1-2 c vegan dark chocolate chips

  • 1-2 c salted roasted peanuts


 

METHOD

  1. In a medium bowl, create Peanut Butter Core by mixing the flour and powdered sugar with peanut butter. Place in refrigerator to chill.

  2. Make date caramel by combining ingredients in a high speed blender and blending until smooth.

  3. Form small rounds with the nougat on wax paper on a cookie sheet. They should resemble a thick vanilla wafer cookie.

  4. Then press in peanuts onto the nougat.

  5. Top with date caramel.

  6. Place candies into freezer for about an hour.

  7. Melt chocolate chips, I microwave in 30 second intervals stirring in between until melted. (1-3 minutes)

  8. Spoon melted chocolate over peanuts, covering the mounds in chocolate.

  9. Once covered place back in freezer to setup.

  10. Decorate with printed tombstones for a delicious graveyard.

 

NOTE 1: Keep these treats in the freezer before serving, they soften quickly, but then again they also get eaten just as fast.  

NOTE 2: You might have extra caramel, be sure to save it. We love it on apples and especially ice cream.


 

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