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Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee

Total Time
2 hrs 45 mins

An extra-crisp toffee with a spark of salt makes a perfect afternoon snack or food gift. This candy keeps well, so feel free to double the recipe.

Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee

Annabelle Breakey
 2 cups pecan halves
 3 1/2 cups sugar
 1 1/2 cups butter
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate
 2 teaspoons fleur de sel (see Notes) or coarse sea salt
Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Put pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and cook, stirring occasionally, until toasted, about 8 minutes. When cool enough to handle, chop roughly. Divide into 2 batches; chop 1 batch finely. Set both batches aside.

Step 2

Put sugar, butter, salt, and 3/4 cup water in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat (see Notes). When butter and sugar are melted, increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is deep golden brown and measures 310° on a candy thermometer, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully stir in vanilla (mixture will bubble up) and finely chopped pecans. Pour into a 10- by 15-in. rimmed baking sheet. Let toffee cool until set, at least 30 minutes. (For even pieces, you can "score" the toffee by cutting it with a sharp knife after it has set for about 10 minutes, scoring into 5 strips lengthwise and 8 strips crosswise to yield 40 pieces. Wipe knife clean with warm water after each slice for easier cutting.)

Step 3

Chop chocolate and put in a medium metal bowl. Fill an 8- or 10-in. frying pan with 1/2 in. of water and bring to a boil. Take off heat and put bowl of chocolate in the water. Let sit about 5 minutes. Stir chocolate until melted. Pour over toffee; with a knife or offset spatula, spread evenly. Sprinkle chocolate with roughly chopped pecans. Let sit 20 minutes, or until chocolate is cool but still a bit soft. Sprinkle with fleur de sel. Chill until set, about 1 hour.

Step 4

To remove, gently twist pan to release toffee, then chop or break into chunks. Store in an airtight container.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 2- by 2-in. square.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 207Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g22%

Saturated Fat 6.2g31%
Cholesterol 19mg7%
Sodium 202mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 23g8%

Dietary Fiber 0.5g2%
Protein 1.1g3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.