Chocolate Toffee Bark

I can sum this blog post up for you in 5 words:

 ImageGraham Crackers. Sugar. Butter. Nuts. Chocolate.

That’s really all you need to know to know that this chocolate toffee is good. Come to think of it… I don’t think anything bad has ever come out of combining the above ingredients together. You could be 2/3 of the way to a s’more, standing in front of the best sundae bar, or only a short leap to any good cookie recipe. No matter how you look at it, these five ingredients buy you a one-way ticket to happy town.

This recipe usually lays dormant until around April, when almost every Jewish person I know makes a version of this toffee for Passover, substituting matzah for the graham crackers and margarine for butter. So in addition to the taste, you’ve got the element of surprise on your side.

This toffee makes for the perfect gift to bring to a dinner party or potluck. Not only is it a guaranteed crowd pleaser, but it makes a ton. And you can almost always find all the ingredients at your local bodega or corner store. Oh… and it only takes 6 minutes in the oven.

Honestly, the hardest part about making this chocolate toffee is waiting for it to cool and harden enough to break into pieces. Oh, and having enough control to not eat yourself sick.

I’m still working on that last one.

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Chocolate Toffee Bark

from The Kagan Family Cookbook

1 box graham crackers

2 sticks butter

1 c. dark brown sugar

1 c. nuts [I used pecans]

1 bag chocolate chips

½ c. coconut [optional]

Preheat the oven to 400. Line graham crackers up on a foil lined baking sheet, completely covering the bottom of the pan.

In a saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil. Boil for two minutes, and then pour it evenly over the graham crackers. Sprinkle the nuts and chocolate chips on top.

Bake for 2 minutes, then remove the baking sheet and spread the chocolate chips out using the back of a spoon. Sprinkle coconut over the chocolate if using. Bake for another 4 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and allow the toffee to cool completely. [Remember… a watched toffee never hardens. Stick it in the fridge and walk away!] Break into pieces.

One whiff of your kitchen and I don’t think I need to tell you….

Enjoy.

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