The mild but distinct flavor of the maple syrup plays off of the rich butter flavor of the toffee and adds a fragrant note to this popular treat. Add your personal spin to our recipe with crisp bacon, pecans, dried cranberries, almonds, or other dried fruits and nuts. Simply add ¼ to ½ a cup of the additional ingredient to the toffee when you mix in the vanilla and salt. Mix well and continue with the recipe as instructed. This toffee recipe yields a little over 2 pounds of toffee, which can be a little more than the average person can consume! Store it in an airtight container, or package it as gifts to friends, family, and anyone else you know with a sweet tooth!
Yields: 2 Pounds Time: About 1 hr
2 cups (450 grams) of butter
1 1/3 cups (250 grams) granulated sugar
2/3 cup (200 grams) maple syrup
1/3 cup, plus 1 Tablespoon (90 grams) water
1/4 cup, plus 1 Tablespoon (65 grams) glucose
1 tsp salt
3 tsp (15 grams) vanilla extract
1 cup (190 grams) 64% Recchiuti semisweet chocolate
Place four pieces of parchment paper on a flat work surface and grease the parchment with butter or unflavored cooking spray (canola works well). You will pour the toffee onto these four sheets.
Set aside four more sheets of parchment paper (greased on one side) to put on top of the toffee. (You can also use non-stick silicone baking mats, like Silpats in lieu of parchment).
Combine butter, sugar, water, maple syrup, and glucose in a heavy bottomed saucepan.
Make sure the vanilla and salt are measured out before you begin cooking the toffee. They will be added as soon as the toffee has reached the correct temperature.
Cook sugar mixture, stirring constantly, until it reaches 298°F.
Quickly stir in vanilla and salt and pour toffee onto the four pieces of parchment.
Place the remaining four pieces greased side down on top of the toffee and use a rolling pin to roll the toffee to about ¼-inch thickness.
Allow toffee to cool to room temperature. Store toffee without chocolate in an airtight box, or use an offset spatula to coat both sides of the toffee in tempered semisweet chocolate.
Break toffee into shards and serve.