Almond Toffee

Almond Toffee is a family favorite and it makes a great gift idea for the holiday season!

1 Tbsp. + 2 cups butter, divided

2 cups sugar

1 cup slivered almonds

1/4 cup water

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 11.5 oz. package milk chocolate chips, divided

1/2 cup finely chopped almonds

Grease a 15 x 10 x 1 inch pan with 1 tablespoon butter, set aside.

In a large heavy saucepan, melt remaining butter.

Add sugar, slivered almonds, water and salt, cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 295 degrees (approaching hard-crack stage).

Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Quickly pour into prepared pan.

Let stand at room temperature until cool, about 1 hour.

In a microwave, melt 1 cup chocolate ships, spread over toffee.

Refrigerate 45 minutes or until set. Invert onto a large ungreased baking sheet.

Melt remaining chips, spread over toffee. Sprinkle with chopped almonds. Let stand 1 hour.

Break into bite-sized pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 1 1/2 lbs.

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