Almond Butter Crunch
Once this chocolate-topped, almond loaded, crunchy toffee candy sets up—simply break into pieces and enjoy!
1 1/2 cups whole blanched almonds, coarsely chopped
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons water
1 cup (6-ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)
- Line bottom and sides a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with lightly buttered aluminum foil. Set aside.
- Spread chopped almonds onto a baking sheet and toast in 350°F (175°C) oven for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring nuts occasionally, or until lightly browned. Let cool.
- Combine butter, sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium-size heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, to 300°F (150°C) on a candy thermometer. (A teaspoonful of syrup will separate into brittle threads when dropped into cold water.)
- Remove from heat; stir in 1 cup of the toasted almonds. Pour into prepared pan, spreading quickly and evenly; cool until firm.
- Melt chocolate chips with shortening in the top of a double boiler over simmering water; remove from heat. Spread over top of candy; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup nuts. Let stand until set. Lift candy from pan, peel off aluminum foil and break into pieces.
Makes l pound.