October 24, 2023Review Recipe
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This easy chocolate peanut toffee brittle is one of my favorite candy recipes, and 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.
Chocolate Peanut Toffee Ingredients
This toffee brittle recipe is a delicious combination of buttery richness, sweet caramel undertones, and a satisfying crunch from roasted sea salt peanuts.
The addition of semi-sweet chocolate chips provides a luxurious finish, creating a delightful sweet-and-savory treat with a smooth chocolatey contrast.
- 1 cup of butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
- 2 cups plus ¼ cup of roasted sea salt peanuts
- 1 bag of 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 slightly.
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.
PURE VANILLA: While pure vanilla extract is a classic choice, you can introduce new flavors by substituting it with almond extract for a delightful almond undertone.
Alternatively, a splash of coffee liqueur like Kahlúa can infuse your toffee with a subtle coffee flavor, adding depth to the sweetness.
How To Make This Chocolate Toffee Peanut Brittle Recipe
This classic treat is easy to make and is utterly addictive. Let’s dive into the step-by-step instructions.
STEP ONE: Line a 9×13 cake pan with parchment paper, then spread two cups of peanuts into an even layer.
STEP TWO: In a medium saucepan, add the butter, sugar, and vanilla. Stir over medium heat until the butter has melted.
Let come to a simmer, then simmer for seven to eight minutes, stirring occasionally.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
Watch the caramel carefully, so it doesn’t burn. The mixture gradually turns darker and is still a little separated.
STEP THREE: When the mixture turns the shade of caramel and flows from the spoon in a ribbon, pour over the peanuts.
Use an offset spatula to spread the mix over the peanuts.
STEP FOUR: Pour a bag of chocolate chips over the top and let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes, so the chocolate chips melt.
Using an offset spatula, spread the melted chocolate over the layer of toffee.
STEP FIVE: Chop the remaining ¼ cup of peanuts and sprinkle over the top of the chocolate.
Let set for two hours until the pan comes to room temperature, and then place in the fridge until ready to enjoy. Which might be right away!
How To Serve
The perfect way to enjoy this treat is right from the cookie tin with a cold glass of milk to wash it down.
If you can resist, and have any left, wrap it in a fancy cellophane bag to give as a gift to friends and family over the holidays.
Upgrade your campfire s’mores by substituting the traditional chocolate with pieces of toffee. The toffee’s sweet, nutty crunch adds a decadent layer to the classic combination.
This treat is a great addition to our this Ritz cracker toffee as well — it’s called crack toffee for a reason — it’s totally addicting!
Our peanut brittle is another popular holiday treat.
Whether you plan to enjoy it over a few days or save some for later, here’s how to store your toffee for the best results.
MAKE AHEAD: After allowing it to cool and harden completely, store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Make sure to layer parchment paper between the toffee layers to prevent sticking.
ON THE COUNTER: Keep these sweet treats in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
GIVE AS A GIFT: Wrap in food-safe boxes or jars for easy gifting during the holiday season. You can include a tag and ribbon for an extra special, festive touch.
IN THE FREEZER: This peanut chocolate toffee can also be frozen for up to three months in an airtight container.
Why We Love This Recipe
BUTTERY RICHNESS: This toffee boasts a delightful buttery flavor that melts in your mouth, providing a luxurious and indulgent experience.
SWEET CARAMELIZATION: The sugar in this recipe caramelizes beautifully, creating a sweet, crunchy toffee with a hint of caramel that’s simply irresistible.
CRUNCHY PEANUTS: Roasted sea salt peanuts add a satisfying crunch and a savory contrast to the sweetness of the toffee, elevating the overall texture.
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!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You can keep this easy candy recipe in the fridge or on the counter in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Your final product may have turned out chewy either because you didn’t simmer the caramel long enough or because you didn’t cool the treat long enough before breaking it into pieces.
This treat can be kept in the freezer for up to three months in an airtight container.
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Chocolate Peanut Toffee
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 2¼ cups roasted sea salt peanuts
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Line a 9×13 cake pan with parchment paper and spread 2 cups of peanuts into an even layer.
- In a medium-sized pan, add the butter, sugar, and vanilla. Stir over medium heat until the butter has melted. Let the mixture come to a simmer.
- Simmer for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally and watching 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 offset spatula to spread the mix over the peanuts.
- Pour the bag of chocolate chips over the top and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes, so the chocolate chips melt.
- Using an offset spatula, spread the 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 it in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
- Watch the caramel carefully, so it doesn’t burn. The mixture will gradually turn darker and is still a little separated.