• 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 ¼ cups chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Instead of buying candy for your sweetheart, why not make it?
Tales of the Dinner Belle
By Brenda Stanley

It’s the thought that counts, and when it comes to homemade gifts, the thought is what makes them so special. Putting time, energy, and thought into a gift rather than just buying it shows so much more. My salted chocolate pecan toffee is so decadent and sweet and is a great treat to give as a gift especially for that someone special. It’s also really easy to make. It’s important to have a candy thermometer because it takes some time to get the candy to the precise temperature, but that is simple when you have the right tool. When you have this all finished and broken into pieces, place the toffee into a pretty box or gift bag. You can’t go wrong with this delicious combination of sweet, salty, chocolate and nutty.

Belle’s Salted Chocolate Pecan Toffee
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
2 cups chopped pecans
1 ¼ cups chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray it with cooking spray. In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter. Add the sugar, corn syrup, and water and heat to boiling. Reduce to medium heat. While stirring constantly heat the mixture until it registers 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. This will take about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of the pecans. Immediately spread the mixture over the foil to ¼ inch thickness with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and let them sit for 1 minute to soften then spread them evenly over the toffee. Sprinkle with the remaining 1-cup of pecans and the salt. Let cool or place in the fridge. When completely cool and hardened, break into pieces.