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Nov 28, 2006 08:42 PM

Top-Notch Toffee via the web?

I'd like to order my SO some fabulous chocolate covered toffee for part of his Christmas gift. Does anyone have a favorite site? I only want to buy a pound or so.

I'm in Boston if anyone has any local suggestions as well.


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  1. Have you thought about making toffee yourself? I have an embarassingly easy recipe if you would like it.

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      1. re: Phoebe

        Here's another recipe. David Lebovitz's Chocolate Almond Buttercrunch Toffee is excellent. I haven't tasted better and it's quite easy to make. The baking soda will give you a slightly lighter, very crunchy toffee.

    1. Here it is--I got it from Southern Living 2001 Annual Recipes.


      1 cup slivered almonds
      1 cup butter
      1 cup sugar
      1/3 cup water
      1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      2 cups (12 ounces) milk chocolate morsels
      1 cup finely ground walnuts

      Place almonds in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

      Cook butter and next 4 ingredients in heavy saucepan over high heat, stirring constantly, 15-18 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 310 degrees. Remove from heat and immediately pour over almonds (do not scrape pan).

      Sprinkle immediately with chocolate morsels, and spread evenly to 1/2 inch from sides. Sprinkle with ground nuts, and let stand until firm. Break into small pieces, and store in an airtight container.

      Yield: 1 3/4 pounds

      The most difficult step (for me) is grinding the walnuts because it means I have to haul out my baby food processor. I think I've been using the wrong king of almonds all this time--I always use the sliced ones (horizontally, with the skins still on). It has never taken me 15 minutes to get to 310--more like 5. (I cook with electric, so it may be way too hot.)

      If you really want to knock people's socks off, make the toffee with only the almonds, spread it as thin as possible, and break it into small chips when cool. Make a recipe of Alton Brown's Chocolate Mousse, and substitute Frangelico for the rum. Brush some ladyfingers with Frangelico. Layer the ladyfingers, mousse, toffee, and sweetened whipped cream for a stellar trifle.

      Good luck!! (Let me know how you like it.)

      1. Toodie Jane posted a great one last Xmas also. was recommended by hounds upon a request from last season!

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        1. re: 4chowpups

          i second the enstrom's reccomendation. we get a box every christmas.

        2. The toffee from B.T. McElrath of Minneapolis is extraordinary - they have several kinds. A friend gives me a box every year and I just adore it. The best I've ever had.
          Also fabulous artisanal chocolates.
          The website has a list of stores so they may have a Boston outlet.

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          1. re: MakingSense

            Chocolate Potpourri in Glenview, Illinois, right outside Chicago,and run now for the secoond generation by the Gordon family, makes an incredible chocolate and nut covered toffee with an unsurpassed buttery flavor, in my opinion.


            Enjoy, Evil Ronnie

            1. re: MakingSense

              I second the recommendation for B.T. McElrath toffee. I'm currently addicted to the dark chocolate-macadamia toffee, but their milk chocolate-almond toffee is wonderful, too.


            2. eriberri, i'm in boston too and interestingly enough, i have been on a MISSION to locate the best DARK choc covered turtles(good luck!!) and nut toffees.

              enstrom's is my mom's and manys' fav, and it is delic and they FINALLY have a dark choc version which i have ordered but not tried yet.

              however,after much research, i have found another EXCELLENT and very unusual line of artisinal nut toffees made by the oregon based their pistachio, and spicy pecan, dark choc covered toffees are VERY dangerous. come in 4 ou. pkgs so you could give him a variety.

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              1. re: opinionatedchef

                OpChef, thanks! I'm sure you've already encountered them in your search, but have you tried Turtle Alley in Gloucester? I'm not a turtle person myself, but I have heard many good things.

                1. re: eriberri

                  eri, thanks much for that gloucester tip. i'll follow up on that!

                2. re: opinionatedchef

                  opinionatedchef, I was reading down further and CynD posted a url for a place here in Los Angeles that sounded interesting for English Toffee. Checking out their website they sell a dark chocolate turtle, but they call them gadgets. You might be interested.