About this recipe:I've been making this toffee at Christmas time for years. My best friend Jane gave me the original version when we first met some 30 years ago--where does the time go! It's been a family favorite ever since...
180g chopped nuts (we like hazelnuts or almonds but pecans are great, too)
1 tablespoon golden syrup
60ml water or bourbon
175g chocolate (plain, milk, white - chocolate bars work great here, too - about 6 will do the trick)
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Method Prep:5min › Cook:15min › Ready in:20min
Spread chopped nuts on a baking tin and toast lightly being careful not to burn. Cool.
Put sugar, butter, golden syrup and water into a heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until mixture is golden brown. You can double check mixture with a thermometer if you like - it should read about 150 degrees C.
Working quickly now, pour the mixture onto a baking tray and let it spread out. Top with chocolate - chopped, in chips or whole bars. Wait for a minute or so and spread out to cover toffee. Add nuts and lightly press into melted chocolate with a spoon. Leave to cool for several hours.
When completely cool, break into chunks, cover and store covered in something somewhat airtight. It really isn't too picky as long as it's kept out of humidity.
This recipe has been edited by Allrecipes staff to include measurements and ingredients familiar to UK and Irish cooks.
Have made this toffee many times now I've never had a bath of fat suggest it may have been the cook not the recipe it's awesome and now all friends & family want at Christmas and Birthdays! Try it you won't be disappointed - 23 Dec 2013
This truly is wonderful stuff-I think it just may be responsible for the 5 extra lbs. I manage to gain every Christmas!! It's really so easy to make and give as gifts. Your friends and family will love you for it!! - 09 Nov 2009