Easy Toffee

There are a lot of chocolate candies out there, but one everyone loves (I haven't met any people who don't) is toffee, especially with a layer of chocolate and some chopped nuts. This is so easy. Don't get too anxious about a taste. Let it cool so you won't burn your tongue. Not only will it hurt, but everyone will know you made this! And they'll want some. And you might not want to share!

3/4 c light brown sugar, packed
1/2 c butter (1 stick) (don't use oleo)
1/2 c chocolate chips
1/3 c (or more) chopped nuts

Butter a 7"x11" (thereabouts) pan and set aside.

A candy thermometer very useful here but not essential.

Mix brown sugar and butter in heavy 2-quart saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, for 7 minutes.

After the first 4 minutes, check for the "hard crack" stage: put a drop of the candy into cold (not iced) water. It will separate into "threads" that will be brittle and crack when you fish them out of the water. This stage begins at 300-310 degrees (Fahrenheit) on a candy thermometer. (Lollipops are cooked to this stage, too.) When ready, pour into prepared pan and spread with back of a spoon or another utensil. Work quickly before the toffee cools. Keep it off your hands. Hothot!

While still warm, sprinkle the chocolate chips on the toffee. Spread out when they're soft enough. Sprinkle nuts on top and press into chocolate.

Refrigerate until set. Break into pieces with your hands. Store covered at room temp.

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