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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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