Bourbon Toffee

Margie Bruner - Glory Kitchenby: Margie Bruner, owner of Glory Kitchen
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My Bourbon Toffee is uniquely different from your typical chocolate & nut toffee.  First and foremost, it has, well, bourbon. A splash of bourbon adds a wonderful dimension of flavor to toffee.  It also has a saltine cracker base which gives it a salty, crispy, crunch.  And finally, for a bit of flavor surprise, I’ve added a light sprinkle of our Glory Kitchen Cairo nut & spice mix. The nut blend adds a peppery punch – a nice element of spicy flavor to balance out the sweetness of the toffee and chocolate.

All of these ingredients added to a sweet bite of candy may sound pretty far out there but trust me, they really do work.  The surprise flavors are subtle but so wonderfully unique, they make your toffee stand out in a fresh new way.  I’ve been making this toffee recipe with saltine crackers for many years but I’ve only recently added the bourbon and the Cairo nut blend sprinkle which makes me love it even more.  With football watching parties and the holidays approaching, this Bourbon Toffee is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Scroll down and you’ll see how I packaged these sweet treats to place into the goodie bags at my son and soon-to-be daughter in law’s upcoming wedding, as in this Saturday!

Bourbon Toffee

Yield: makes about 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • Cairo nut & spice mix
  • 1 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 36 saltine crackers
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups almonds, walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • * you will need a candy thermometer

Instructions

  1. Measure and prepare all the ingredients and have them ready before you begin. Line a sheet tray (approx. 9"x13") with aluminum foil or a piece of parchment paper. Spray the foil with oil. Line the sheet tray with 1 layer of saltine crackers. Set the tray aside.
  2. Using a large pot, add butter, sugar, bourbon, and sea salt and heat it over low heat until the butter is melted. You only need to stir it a few times, just let all the ingredients melt together. Bring it to a low boil, over medium heat, and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Allow the mixture to boil until it turns a slight golden color and the thermometer reaches close to hard ball stage.
  3. At this stage work very carefully when handling the toffee - boiling sugar can be dangerously hot. Remove from the heat and using a ladle, spoon the hot mixture gently over the crackers until you've emptied the entire pot onto the tray. Using an off-set spatula (the type used for icing a cake), smooth the toffee so it spreads over all of the crackers.
  4. Sprinkle the chocolate pieces evenly over the hot toffee. Allow it to sit for about 4-5 minutes to let the heat from the toffee slowly melt the chocolate. Using the cleaned off-set spatula again, smooth the chocolate over the toffee layer so it is evenly spread.
  5. Sprinkle the nut pieces over the warm chocolate layer until they are evenly distributed. Lightly sprinkle the nut layer with a touch of Cairo nut & spice mix. Take your hands and gently pat down the nuts and the Cairo nut blend into the warm chocolate.
  6. Allow the toffee to cool completely. I place it into the refrigerator for about an hour. When completely cooled, remove from the tray and remove all of the foil from the back. Place the block of toffee onto a cutting board and cut slices about 3" thick. Then take the slice and cut it into small triangles. Much of the toffee will crumble into small pieces, which is fine. Store the toffee in the refrigerator or in a very cool, dry place until about 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

Any type of nut can be used for this toffee. I like almonds best, however, I've made it often using walnuts, pecans, or peanuts. Also, if you don't want to use the bourbon you can leave it off. It adds an interesting dimension of flavor, but is equally delicious without it.

Bourbon Toffee - Glory Kitchen
Bourbon Toffee - Glory Kitchen
Bourbon Toffee - Glory Kitchen
Bourbon Toffee - Glory Kitchen
Bourbon Toffee - Glory Kitchen
Bourbon Toffee - Glory Kitchen
Bourbon Toffee - Glory Kitchen