A couple of days ago I made English Toffee. I would show a picture, but I have misplaced my camera! My home is a black hole these days.
It looked beautiful but was a total bust. It's soft! I knew as I poured it out that it was not right. The bummer is that that recipe had ONE POUND of butter and ONE POUND of chocolate as well as the nuts! Additionally I burned 8 oz of almonds in the oven while I ran to the grocery store for the tortillas that I had forgotten earlier in the day. AAARRGH. I wish I could have flubbed something cheaper. I think I know what I messed up, though.
1. I changed the recipe: very bad idea when candy making.
2. It was a very humid day and entirely too warm in my kitchen: also bad for candy making.
Back to the drawing board. I also made peanut butter meltaways following this recipe:
1 cup of peanut butter
8 oz. of white chips
8 oz of semi-sweet chips
Melt all ingredients together in double boiler and then pipe into little candy cups. the microwave also works, if you have one that actually does work, which I don't!
They came out yummy but a little too soft. Next time I will use less peanut butter. In the meantime, my son has some very happy friends at school. He brings them samples most every day.