Indulge in the rich, buttery goodness of Chocolate Toffee with Pecans, an irresistible treat that balances the sweetness of chocolate with the earthy crunch of pecans. This homemade snack is not only easy to make but brings a touch of gourmet to your kitchen. Each piece is a fusion of textures and flavors that melt in your mouth, perfect for sharing with friends or savoring alone with a cup of coffee. Your chocolate cravings have met their match!
If you're a fan of all things sweet, chocolatey, and nutty, you are going to love this recipe.
Today we are making my favorite chocolate toffee!
It is a sugary symphony of sweet, buttery richness that's perfectly balanced with a nutty chocolate coating. Imagine biting into a piece of this heavenly delight. The smooth chocolate melts on your tongue, while the toffee leaves a lingering sweetness that will have you reaching for more.
But the best part? This Chocolate Toffee with Pecans is so delightfully rich that even a small piece can satisfy your strongest cravings. It's like having a mini dessert festival right in your mouth!
- Unsalted Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter here to better control the salt level. Salted butter also tends to have more water in it.
- Sugar: White sugar is best for making toffee. If you want to try sugar substitutes, be aware that it will likely impact the results.
- Maple Syrup: Use a good quality light or dark maple syrup.
- Salt: Use fine sea salt or kosher salt.
- Vanilla Extract: A good quality vanilla extract will go a long way on flavor. You could also use vanilla paste.
- Chocolate Chips: You could also use chopped chocolate bars.
- Finely Chopped Pecans: Optional; feel free to omit to make this nut-free.
Step by Step
For the full recipe with measurements, see the recipe card at the end of the post.
Prepare your quarter rimmed baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
Get a saucepan and add butter, sugar, and maple syrup. Heat over medium high heat until it reaches 325 degrees.
Stir salt and vanilla in quickly, whisk everything together, and then transfer to parchment paper. Let it rest for at least 15 minutes.
chocolate. Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Then, pour it over the toffee, spreading it out into an even layer with a spatula.
Add pecans and place in refrigerator until hard. Break apart to serve.
Tips and Tricks
- Toast Those Pecans: The secret to truly delicious Chocolate Toffee with Pecans lies in toasting the pecans before you use them. This simple step enhances their flavor and gives them an irresistible crunch. Just spread them out on a baking sheet and pop them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them though - you don't want them to burn!
- Quality Chocolate Matters: Choose a good quality chocolate for your coating. The better the chocolate, the better the taste of your toffee. Trust me, it makes a difference!
- Patience Is Key: When making the toffee, be patient. It might take a little time for the sugar to dissolve and the mixture to reach the right temperature. But your patience will be rewarded with the most delicious buttery toffee.
- Line Your Pan: This might seem like a small detail, but lining your pan with parchment paper will save you from a lot of sticky situations later on. It also makes clean up a breeze!
- Use a Thermometer: You will want to use a candy thermometer to make sure that your toffee mixture reaches the correct temperature. I recommend the type that you can clip right onto your pot.
More Chocolate Recipes to Try
- Crockpot Peanut Clusters: A slow-cooked sensation, these Crockpot Peanut Clusters are a testament to the magic that happens when peanuts meet chocolate.
- Salted Quinoa Chocolate Bark with Pecans: This Salted Quinoa Chocolate Bark with Pecans is an irresistible blend of nutty quinoa, smooth chocolate, and crunchy pecans, with a hint of sea salt for that perfect balance.
- Chocolate & Salted Caramel Frozen Cupcakes: Take your cupcake game to a whole new level with these Chocolate & Salted Caramel Frozen Cupcakes, where every bite is a frosty fusion of sweet and salty decadence.
- Raw Chocolate Torte: For those who prefer their desserts au naturel, this Raw Chocolate Orange Torte is a delightful dance of citrusy sweetness and rich chocolate that'll make your taste buds sing.
- Crispy Quinoa Chocolate Clusters: Crunchy, chocolaty, and oh-so-satisfying, these Crispy Quinoa Chocolate Clusters are the perfect snack for when you're craving something sweet, but still want to keep things on the healthier side.
Chocolate Toffee with Pecans
- ½ cup butter (1 stick) unsalted, preferably grass-fed
- ¾ cup sugar I used Imperial White Sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup pecans finely chopped
- Line a quarter rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place butter, sugar and maple syrup in a heavy saucepan. Heat over medium to medium-high heat until it reaches 325 degrees, being careful not to allow sugar to burn.
- Quickly stir in salt and vanilla. Whisk to combine and then transfer to parchment paper. Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes.
- Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Dump over toffee and spread to an even layer with a spatula. Top with pecans, and place in the refrigerator until hard. Break apart into pieces to serve.
- Best stored in the refrigerator.