Holiday Crack

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Holiday | 2 comments

Mom stuffed our holiday turkey with two contrasting dressings; traditional inside the bird, and tucked away in the neck cavity, oyster.  I remember strong opinions as to whether or not the whole fowl was tainted by those oysters.

Having said that, Mom’s English Toffee (which had nothing to do with the turkey) was every grown up, child, neighbor, and church ladies top sweet indulgence from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.


Still in my arsenal of Christmas goodies, Southern Living’s Pecan-Espresso Toffee bumped Mom’s tame butter, almond, and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate treat like an elbow to the side.  It got my attention.  Bittersweet and semisweet chocolate morsels partner with toasted pecans and hard toffee; taken close to the edge of smoky coffee burnt.  And, baby it is a spot on; teetering on the edge of ruin.  Certainly, I have hidden it from myself and, I don’t have a sweet tooth.









Using a candy thermometer is highly efficient; otherwise you might blow it. Be prepared to work quickly.  The toffee will take 17-20 minutes of constant heat to reach 290 degrees.









Putt,putt; suddenly it is 290 degrees.









Turn off the heat and carefully stir in the chopped toasted pecans.









I was pleased that MP was home to grab the hot lava and pour it onto parchment paper, allowing me to stand by ready to spread.   Hence, there is no photograph.








Finish with a generous blend of sweet and bitter chocolate; wait.









Five minutes is all it takes to warm the rich chocolate for a silky spread.









Triumphantly, I sprinkled sea salt high above the cooling slab (not included in the instructions).

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An hour later when no one is looking, begin to break the decadent toffee into jagged pieces; undoubtedly, small bits fall to the side.

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What you do with them is your business…



  1. 12-9-2015

    You are going to make me make this aren’t you. Your mom’s recipe has been a staple for years.Goodbye self control…

  2. 12-10-2015

    Oh dear. This is SO dangerous. How could you????

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