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Chocolate Peanut Toffee

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With a handful of simple ingredients -- peanuts, butter, sugar, vanilla, and chocolate -- you can create this crunchy peanut chocolate toffee. It's sweet, salty and delicious.
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  1. CHOCOLATE PEANUT TOFFEE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE PEANUT TOFFEE RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
  4. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
  5. JUMP TO RECIPE

This easy chocolate peanut toffee is one of my favorite candy recipes. I love making it during the holidays! Salty peanuts are layered with sweet caramel and melted chocolate before being broken into bite-size pieces for serving. 

This treat is a great addition to our other Christmas cookies and Christmas candy recipes. (Try this Ritz cracker toffee as well — it’s called crack toffee for a reason — it’s totally addicting!)

chocolate peanut toffee stacked on top of each other on a plate

MORE CHOCOLATE RECIPES:
Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies | Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna


CHOCOLATE PEANUT TOFFEE INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 1 cup real butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 2 cups plus ¼ cup roasted sea salt peanuts
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PEANUTS: You can use cocktail peanuts instead of salted peanuts if you’d like — they are a little softer and have less salt so it will change the texture and flavor of this recipe a little. 

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. You could use dark chocolate in this recipe as well. 

TOPPINGS: You can drizzle this toffee with white chocolate as a finishing touch, decorate with sprinkles or nonpareils, or you can even add chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups over the top. 

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE PEANUT TOFFEE RECIPE

STEP ONE: Line a 9×13 cake pan with parchment paper then spread 2 cups of peanuts into an even layer.

STEP TWO: In a medium-size pan add butter, sugar, and vanilla. Stir over medium heat until the butter has melted. Let come to a simmer then simmer for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

PRO TIP: Watch the caramel carefully so it doesn’t burn. The mixture gradually turns darker and is still a little separated.

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STEP THREE: When the mixture turns the shade of caramel and flows from the spoon in a ribbon, pour over the peanuts. Use an off-set spatula to spread the mix over the peanuts.

chocolate peanut toffee process shot of peanuts placed into pan and melted caramel poured over peanuts

STEP FOUR: Pour a bag of chocolate chips over the top and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes so chocolate chips melt. Using an off-set spatula (Amazon affiliate link) to spread the melted chocolate over the layer of toffee.

chocolate peanut toffee process shot of chocolate chips being placed on top of caramel and spread

STEP FIVE: Chop the remaining ¼ cup of peanuts and sprinkle over the top. Let set for 2 hours until the pan comes to room temperature and then place in the fridge until ready to enjoy. Which might be right away!

STORAGE

ON THE COUNTER: Keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

GIVE AS A GIFT: Wrap in food-safe boxes or jars for easy gifting. You can include a tag and ribbon for an extra special, festive touch. I love these little (Amazon affiliate link) take out boxes for sharing. 

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We make this chocolate peanut toffee every year during our holiday baking and give away boxes of this sweet candy as Christmas gifts to neighbors and teachers. I hope you get to enjoy it this Christmas! 

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chocolate peanut toffee stacked on top of each other on a plate

Chocolate Peanut Toffee

5 from 2 votes
With a handful of simple ingredients — peanuts, butter, sugar, vanilla, and chocolate — you can create this crunchy peanut chocolate toffee. It's sweet, salty and delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 30

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup real butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup roasted sea salt peanuts
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Line a 9×13 cake pan with parchment paper then spread 2 cups of peanuts into an even layer.
  • In a medium-size pan add butter, sugar, and vanilla. Stir over medium heat until the butter has melted.  Let come to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    TIP: Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn. The mixture gradually turns darker and is still a little separated. 
  • When the mixture turns the shade of caramel and flows from the spoon in a ribbon, pour over the peanuts.
  • Use an off-set spatula to spread the mix over the peanuts.
  • Pour a bag of chocolate chips over the top and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes so chocolate chips melt.
  • Using off-set spatula spread melted chocolate over the layer of toffee.
  • Chop the remaining ¼ cup of peanuts and sprinkle over the top.
  • Let sit for 2 hours until the pan comes to room temperature and then place in the fridge until ready to enjoy. Which might be immediately!

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Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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