Dark Chocolate Butter Toffee with Sea Salt: Shauna Nieuqist

Making your own candy sounds intimidating.  At least to me.  There's the candy thermometer, the risk of not cooking it long enough, imagining it must be difficult...need I go on?

But Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine, changed my mind.  If I could recommend one book to you this year, it would be Bread & Wine.  Not only does Bread and Wine include many wonderful recipes, that have become staples in our home, but it is the stories inside that will change how you view life and gather around the table.

Did you realize you don't even need a thermometer to make toffee?  True.  I've made this recipe twice.  Once I slightly under-cooked the toffee and then I made it as directed.  Either way, it's delicious and it really depends if you want to get the toffee stuck in your teeth or like it more chewy.  

Here's the recipe from Bread & Wine:

2 sticks of salted butter
2 C sugar
1/4 C water
1 1/2 C dark chocolate chips
1t course sea salt

**Bring butter, sugar, and water to a boil, stirring constantly.  Near the 7 minute mark, the butter will turn from buttered popcorn color to an amber.  The darker the color, the harder the toffee.  
**Once your mixture turns a mocha amber color, pour out onto parchment paper using a spatula.
**While toffee cools, melt chocolate chips in a glass bowl over boiling water.  {I melt mine in a small saucepan and stir constantly.}  Once chocolate is smooth, spread over toffee and top with sea salt.  Let cool in the refrigerator.  
**Break into irregular pieces and enjoy!

This is a perfect recipe to give as teacher gifts, neighborly Christmas presents, or just enjoy yourself!
If you'd like to read more from Shauna Niequist, I'd encourage you to read her blog, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.  

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