I cannot remember a single Christmas as a child or an adult that we didn't have toffee. It is just part of Christmas. Get a tree, put up lights, hang the stockings, MAKE TOFFEE. But for some reason I never seem to write the recipe down or save it. Each year I have to call my mom and ask for it. This is the "recipe" she emailed me this year.
Each year I get less and less detail in the recipe she sends. My guess is next year she won't even include the line about Hershey bars or chopped nuts.
Luckily, it is a simple recipe and I do remember the rest. Please don't judge the pictures too harshly I made this at night.
1/2 pound butter (2 sticks)
3 teaspoons water
1 cup sugar
Spread a layer of chopped nuts, whatever kind you like, on a cookie sheet.
Combine the butter, sugar, and water in a pan. Be warned though, do NOT use a non-stick pan. It won't work. I don't know why, I'm sure science could explain it, I just know it won't work.
Stir the mixture constantly until it turns brown like the color of a paper bag.
Once it is brown pour out the mixture over the chopped nuts in an even layer. I'm sure this goes without saying, but DON'T TOUCH this stuff, it is hot!
Break up a Hershey bar or two or three and drop it on top of the hot toffee every inch or so.
The heat from the toffee will melt the chocolate and you can spread it out with a spatula.
Let the toffee cool and break it into pieces. Enjoy!