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June 18, 2012

June's Secret Recipe Club - Chocolate Almond Pretzel Toffee

Time for another month of the always-fun cooking challenge, the Secret Recipe Club!

I was overly excited when I received my assignment... one... because it was a new-to-me blog... and two... because it was the blog of a teenage girl named Erika... hence the name of her blog, The Teenage Taste! I was immediately impressed! I wish I was that talented at that age. I searched through tons and tons of recipes that I want to try... like her Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie, Gooey Red Velvet Butter Cookies, and Butterfinger Rice Krispy Treats ... but ultimately I decided on her Chocolate Almond Pretzel Toffee. I wanted to use my new candy thermometer since the recipe said to let the toffee reach 285 degrees F. Plus, I can never pass up toffee. I knew it'd be delicious!

And it was! 

Sweet and salty just like I love. 

It reminds me of my Saltine Toffee, except using pretzels instead of saltine crackers, almonds instead of pecans, and no toffee bits. And it was a bit harder. I think I was accurate on getting it to 285 which is a soft crack, but I would have liked the caramel a tad softer. But still delicious, crunchy and all.

Chocolate Almond Pretzel Toffee
ever-so-slight adapted from The Teenage Taste
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 35 mini pretzels
  • 2/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds, chopped
  • a pinch or two of sea salt, for topping
Place butter, water, sugar, and salt in a saucepan and heat on medium-high heat until melted. Bring to a boil and let cook until mixture reaches a soft crack stage (approximately 285 degrees), when it reaches a light caramel color. Remove toffee from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Line pretzels close together in a single layer on top of a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pour the toffee over the pretzels and spread evenly. Let the toffee sit for at least 20 minutes or until hardened.

In a small microwaveable bowl, heat the chocolate chips in the microwave for a minute, stirring occasionally. Spread onto the hardened toffee. Top with chopped almonds and sprinkle with sea salt. Leave at room temp or refrigerate until chocolate has set. Break into pieces and store in an air-tight container at room temp.

Printable Recipe

Now I've got a great new toffee recipe, and a great new blog to follow :) 

Linking up here.

Peace, and bacon grease!


Anonymous said...

So glad you enjoyed the toffee, Desi! It is one of my favorites!

Also, just wanted to let you know that I had to for SRC this month. I made your Pineapple Chicken Quesadilla and it was amazing! Thanks for being a great SRC partner! :)

Chelsy Ethridge said...

pretzels and can never go wrong!

Erin said...

um.... YES, PLEASE!!! This looks wonderful!

Kathy Walker said...

Sweet and salty! A perfect match..great SRC choice.

Melissa said...

Delicious! This looks so tasty. Great pick Desi!

Aly ~ Cooking in Stilettos said...

Pretzels. Chocolate. Toffee. - umm..this is so getting made!!!

heidi said...

Oh waw, they look fantastic! Will have to try them for sure!

Sara said...

This looks great!! SRC is so fun! And it is hilarious that you two had EACH OTHER! Has that ever happened before???

Teri said...

You had me at toffee! Delicious!

Unknown said...

Oh my! This was not the day to skip lunch C:

Unknown said...

You need my address, and I need this

Cindy said...

What a talented young lady. This looks like a recipe I need to make!
Great SRC pick.

Substance of Living said...


Sweet and Salty. The perfect combination.

Thank you for sharing this way too yummy treat.


Mostly Food and Crafts said...

yum - that looks amazing!

Faith said...

Oh yum! Looks amazing! I'm coming over :)

Michelle B said...

WOW! This toffee looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing with See Ya In the Gumbo. Nice to have you come by!

Eliotseats said...

I only think about candy making during the holidays. Why is that? I want to make these NOW!

Unknown said...

Yummmm!!! Love that there were pretzels in this. :) The salty sweet combo gets me every time. GREAT choice for this month's SRC!! :)

Lisa~~ said...

Oh my word, I could eat that entire batch, looks amazing.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Candied Popcorn.

Cook Lisa Cook

Cathy said...

Wow, I love this recipe and already pinned it! Adding the salty pretzels is genius.

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

What a GREAT recipe! I hope you will come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share it with us. Thanks, I hope to see you there!
---Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain---

Adorned From Above said...

This looks delicious, I was wondering if you would link it in my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Here is the link:

I would love to have anything that you would like to link.

Also I did not know that you had a linky party I am your newest follower.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above

Miz Helen said...

Hi Desi,
This treat would just melt in your mouth! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Elsa said...

Oh my goodness, this is my kind of snack. I love the combination of sweet and salty. Thanks so much for sharing with Hearth and Soul!

Chris said...

Pretty impressive young lady. My 12 year old son can cook circles around our 23 y/o.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

My mouth is watering!!! Love this soooooo much.

Michelle B said...

Congrats! This was one of the most-viewed links from last week's See Ya In the Gumbo. You are being featured tonight when this week's link goes up. Thanks again for joining!

Adorned From Above said...

This is full of my favorite ingredients. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for linking with the Adornrd From Blog Hop.

Unknown said...

This looks amazing!!! I'd love to have you link up at The Southern Institute! here's the link:

Hope to see you there!

April J Harris said...

Your toffee looks just amazing! I love the sweet, salty, almond thing it's got going on - delicious! I'm going to pin this one, and I can't wait to try it. If you have time, I'd love it if you would share it with The Gallery of Favorites, which is live on my blog now.

Janie said...

I love toffee!! It's easy to make too :) Thanks for linking up this one and the limeade!