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Coffee-Pecan Toffee

Yield: 2-3/4 pounds (about 48 pieces)
Prep 50 mins Stand 1 hr
Coffee-Pecan Toffee
  • 2  cups  butter (no substitutes)
  • 2  cups  sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  mild-flavor molasses
  • 1  tablespoon  instant espresso powder
  • 2  teaspoons  vanilla
  • 3  tablespoons  butter (no substitutes)
  • 1  teaspoon  instant espresso powder
  • 2  cups  semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 1/2  cups  finely chopped, toasted pecans

1. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil, extending excess over edges of pan. Set pan aside. Butter the sides of a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Melt the 2 cups butter in saucepan. Add sugar, 1/3 cup water, molasses, and 1 tablespoon espresso powder. Cook and stir over medium-high neat until mixture boils.

2. Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Reduce heat to medium; continue boiling at a moderate steady rate, stirring frequently, until thermometer registers 290 degree F, soft-crack stage (about 25 minutes). Watch carefully after 280 degree F to prevent scorching.

3. Remove saucepan from heat; remove thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Pour candy into the prepared pan. Let candy stand about 1 hour or until firm. Use foil to lift candy out of pan. Break candy into pieces that are about 2 inches in size.

4. Melt the 3 tablespoons butter in a heavy medium saucepan. Stir in the 1 teaspoon espresso powder till dissolved. Add chocolate pieces and melt over low heat, stirring often. Place pecans in a shallow dish or on waxed paper.

5. Dip half of each candy piece into melted chocolate mixture, coating all sides. Place dipped candy on waxed paper. Sprinkle with pecans. Chill until chocolate is firm. Store in a tightly covered container. Makes about 2-3/4 pounds (about 48 piecies).

From the Test KitchenReach Out to Friends:
  • With old-fashioned chocolate-dipped Coffee-Pecan Toffee. Package the pieces in a cone-shaped paper container. Simply lay squares of parchment paper, textured gold paper, and wire mesh atop one another, then roll and twist into a cone. Tie the outside of the cone with ribbon and secure the candies inside with cellophane.
Nutrition Facts (Coffee-Pecan Toffee)
  • cal. (kcal) 171,
  • Fat, total (g) 13,
  • chol. (mg) 24,
  • sat. fat (g) 7,
  • carb. (g) 11,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 91,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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