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Well this might have been the easiest thing I've made so far.
But that's totally okay! Next week you'll see some recipes that were way more difficult. So bear with me while I tell you how to pour hot sugar over graham crackers and then sprinkle it with candy. Because although simple, this stuff is amazing all the same.
The best part about this toffee is the toppings! Pretty much everything up there was a spur of the moment decision as I meandered through the aisles of the grocery. First I spied the Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate bar in the baking aisle. Into the cart it went. Then I spotted the Valentine's Day M&M's, and I couldn't pass up more chocolate. After choosing those two ingredients, I was about to go grab some graham crackers for the base of this toffee, when I spotted a bottle of cinnamon red hot candies. Into the cart they went! Now we're talking.
I knew after grabbing those delicious red hots, I knew I would need to use cinnamon graham crackers to make this toffee even more spiced up. After putting those into the cart too, I started thinking about that little thing called balance. So I took a little walk to the bulk foods aisle and grabbed some salted almonds. The grocery is a magical place, guys.
The toffee is incredibly simple to make, and the whole thing can be whipped up in under 30 minutes. You don't have to add the same toppings I did, either (although I highly recommend it)! Even though we've got a Valentine's Day theme going on, you probably could make a similar toffee for next Halloween, or Christmas. Or any day, because let's be real, those holidays are eons away from now. And you shouldn't wait until then to make this.
Most importantly, it's a perfect Valentine's Day gift! Just break up the toffee and bag it up, you could even go over the top and add a pretty bow and Valentine to go with it. Go make some for your significant other, your siblings, your gal pals, and your bros and tell them you love them this weekend.
Sugar and spice toffee
1 cup salted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 sleeve of cinnamon graham crackers
Handful of white chocolate chips
1 4 oz. semisweet chocolate bar, chopped
Red hot cinnamon candies
Valentine's Day M&Ms
Chopped salted almonds
Chop the chocolate and the almonds, and lay out all your toppings on a large plate.
Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with non-stick spray.
Line up the cinnamon graham crackers on the foil so it makes a single layer.
Preheat the oven to 400 F
Melt the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small non-stick saucepan. Bring to a boil and let it boil for 3 minutes without stirring.
Pour the hot mixture over the graham crackers, and bake for 4 minutes.
Take out the pan after 4 minutes, and quickly disperse the toppings all over the toffee. Do this as fast as you can - the toffee will harden very quickly!
Stick the pan back into the oven for another minute. Take out of the oven and let it cool. Once cool enough, place the pan into the freezer until the toffee is completely hardened. I kept mine in the fridge overnight since it was more convenient for me - fridge or freezer, it doesn't matter as long as you let the toffee cool completely!
Once cooled completely, use a sharp knife or your hands to break up the toffee into pieces. Bag the pieces up and hand them out to your friends!