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Chocolate Toffee Recipe

2 C. sugar

1 C. water

1 C. butter

1/2 C. margarine

12 bars (1.55 oz. each) milk chocolate bars, such as Hershey's

1 lb. pecans, half coarsely chopped and half ground

Liberally butter the shiny side of two 18-inch sheets of aluminum foil. Lay one out on a work surface or counter; place the other one out of the way but within reach.

Place sugar, water, butter and margarine in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir mixture occasionally with a wooden spoon, without scraping the sides of the pan, until butter and margarine melt and the mixture darkens and thickens and registers 280� F. on a candy thermometer. This will take 30-40 minutes.

Add coarsely chopped pecans and begin to stir constantly for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture registers 310� F. on candy thermometer. Be careful not to scrape the sides of the pan.

Pour toffee at once onto one of the buttered sheets of aluminum foil. Spread it out with a metal spatula until it is evenly 1/4 inch thick. Unwrap 6 of the chocolate bars, break into pieces, and carefully scatter on top of hot toffee. As chocolate melts, spread it evenly across toffee with a knife, spreading so it reaches all the edges. Sprinkle with half the ground pecans.

Cover toffee with buttered side of second sheet of foil. Tuck in ends and sides so the pecans don't scatter when you flip it over. Carefully flip toffee over and remove top sheet of foil. Repeat spreading with chocolate and sprinkling with nuts as described above.

Let the toffee cool, uncovered, for 4-5 hours, or until it is hard and chocolate has set. Break cooled toffee into 1- or 2-inch pieces. They will keep in metal tins or a resealable plastic bag in a cool place for up to 3 or 4 weeks. Makes 2-3 lb.

From ``Food Gifts for All Seasons,'' by Anne Byrn


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