Before I divulge the best toffee recipe of all time, I will share a quick story about my recent vacation. Here is a pic of my niece Kendall helping me in the kitchen. We made the most delicious candy. English Toffee!
What a trip! My husband and I traveled to Portland Oregon this week for business and pleasure. I was excited to get away and have fun exploring the food and vibe in the Great Northwest.
The day started with a trip to Voo Doo Donuts after dropping my husband off at the refinery. It was my first time trying these fabulous baked goods. People go crazy for these donuts. One lady in line bought seven dozen and another guy walked out with four dozen glazed, sprinkled, filled and twisted… the list goes on and on. I was happy with my two-one raspberry filled dusted w powdered sugar and one glazed with chocolate and filled w pastry cream. So delish!
The place reminded me of a Hard Rock Café kind of place. It has a weird kind of vibe with skull and cross bones and biker chic like culture. They sell music CD’s and T-shirts w logos like “The Magic is in the Hole.” And I might add that we saw a few people in the airport carrying huge pink Voo Doo Donut boxes too.
Apparently there is usually a line out the door of this place. Today, this wasn’t the case but there were plenty of visitors taking part of the “Voo Doo Donut experience.” The shop is small. No seating is available. I chose to stand at the back counter and eat the chocolate one w Bavarian cream first. It didn’t disappoint. The Stumptown coffee was watered down and not anything like the normal Peet’s espresso w steamed milk that I make for myself every morning.
Next I explored the shops in the Multnomah Village and Hillsdale Shopping area of Portland. Here I wandered around in this cute quaint small neighborhood. I found everyone there to be friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about their goods. I was able to pick up a couple of last minute Christmas presents for a few people on my list. I found a cashmere scarf for my son who will soon be traveling to So Korea for a business class. He will be sure to find a good use for it there. After visiting a bead store, I also got the great idea to bedazzle my Christmas packages w brown twine and lace them w sparkly beads in blue, red, clear, yellow and some that look like diamonds. This will be the perfect addition to my holiday wrap. I love decorating a gorgeous tree every year and placing beautiful packages under and alongside the ornaments and brightly lit tree.
I also spotted an old fashioned candy store called Hatties which had every kind of candy you could think of. I brought home peppermint candy canes to make my chocolate and peppermint cream cheese brownies and root beer, licorice, butterscotch and orange flavored lollipop sticks to add to the gifts of the kids on my list. Remember the ones you had as a child? They also offered many varieties of homemade fudge like salted caramel, chocolate and peanut butter swirl and red velvet cheesecake flavor and gave you a free chunk of it if you spent more than $10.00.
One of the perks to shopping in this area was the “Golden Ticket” that was provided as a free gift if you spent over $10.00 in any store. It was fun to see so many crafty knitted hats, crocheted gloves, and colorful socks of all kinds. Wonderful place to go if you like unusual things “Keep Portland Weird” that you don’t necessarily find in the department store. I also felt great knowing I was supporting a community of small business owners.
It began to snow outside, so I kept warm and dry inside until it was time to drive back to get my husband at his office. Make sure to watch the video I made while enjoying the fun day. I hope after reading my blog you will make it to Portland too and have as much fun as I did exploring the city.
I’d like to share my favorite Christmas Candy that has been made in my family for generations.
I’ve been bringing this dish to holiday parties and celebrations for years and everyone is always asking me for the recipe. You will want to double the recipe. Here you go.
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Teri’s Crunchy English Toffee
7 oz sliced Almonds
1 ¼ C Light Brown Sugar
½ C Unsalted Butter
2 T Water
¼ t Baking Soda
1 t Vanilla Extract
7 oz chopped Ghiradelli or high quality Dark Chocolate
Side note: You can add espresso powder and sea salt to change things up.
Spread sliced almonds onto a sheet pan and bake in preheated 325-degree oven for 8 min or until brown. When cool, chop finely using a food processor and spread onto two pans lined with sil pat.
Place sugar, butter and water in a medium size heavy bottom pan on medium heat. I find that doubling the recipe makes it easier to keep the candy thermometer in the caramel and thus reads easier. Stir until butter melts and mixture is combined, then do not stir. Boil until thermometer reads 285 degrees. Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda. Stir with wooden spoon and pour onto nuts. Spread evenly and quickly put chocolate chunks onto warm caramel to melt. Spread chocolate then cool in fridge, freezer or on counter until set about 1 hour.
Recipe Adapted from Rose Levy’s Mahogany Butter Crunch Toffee.
December 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm
Can certainly tell we are related. I would’ve had the exact same donuts. MMM raspberry!!
December 19, 2016 at 11:56 pm
That’s so cute Leanna. It’s great to connect and talk about donuts! LoL.
Have a wonderful Holiday and say hello to your Mom.
December 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm
awesome… loving your site!!!
December 19, 2016 at 11:54 pm
Thank you Heidi. It’s so fun.
I’m happy to find you here.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
January 16, 2017 at 8:10 pm
Delicious recipe! My old recipe just wasn’t working anymore – it kept crystallizing… The brow
n sugar worked wonders!
January 17, 2017 at 5:42 am
So glad you like this recipe Karen. Glad the brown sugar didn’t crystalize. You can add a little squeeze of lemon to help the process also. The acid prevents it from crystalizing.
Happy to hear your feedback.
August 24, 2019 at 1:40 am
So happy I found your Blog. It’s wonderful! Love reading about your traveling adventures and thank you for the amazing tasty recipes. 💜
August 24, 2019 at 2:01 am
Thank you Lesha. It’s nice to know my writing is making people happy. Love sharing recipes with the people I love. Have a great weekend!
December 7, 2022 at 1:49 pm
That Donut with the bavarian cream looks delicious !
December 7, 2022 at 4:32 pm
Yes! I love filled donuts 🍩 also Kevin.
One of these blogs talks about the CBD pastry cream in Portland Oregon. It was my first time trying one of those. I love Portland. It’s a foodie paradise.
Hoping things out your way are well. We have Covid still plus RSV and pneumonia making our kids and elderly sick. The hospitals are full. Thankfully, my family is staying healthy.