Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Toffee Sticks

I was going to title this post "Valentine's Day Quickie." Then I re-thought that. Hmmmm, no double entendres for this family friendly blog. So, I went with Toffee Sticks. Which, by the by, are super duper easy. And, quick. If for you, like me, Valentine's Day has crept up on you and you're totally unprepared, you can whip up a batch of these in no time. If you followed the Oreo Cookie Pops post and/or the Chocolate Caramel Pretzel post, then you totally know what you are doing here. Just dippin' stuff in Chocolate. . .

What you need: Heath Toffee Bits, chocolate chips or chocolate "melty" disks (see this post), plain thin bread sticks (Make sure you get plain, if you grab garlic or parm cheese by mistake you're going to have one funky concoction.), and sprinkles just for decoration (You can totally leave these off.)

Start by melting the chocolate. In the microwave, a double boiler or with one of those fancy chocolate melting appliances. Use a knife to spread a bit of chocolate all the way around the top third of a bread stick. This shouldn't be a thick layer, just enough so the toffee bits will stick. (So sorry for the totally bad photo, I've got my fingers crossed that I'll get a new camera for my b'day.)

Then sprinkle on the toffee bits and lay out on a silpat (or parchment) lined cookie sheet to set up. You can speed this up in the fridge.

Once the toffee bits are stuck on pretty good and the chocolate is nice and hard, dip 'em again. I usually pour the melted chocolate into a tall skinny glass so I can just dip them straight down in to coat all the toffee bits. Work quickly, if they spend too much time in the melted chocolate on the second dip, the toffee bits will start to fall off into your chocolate. Once you have a nice second coating, sprinkle with the decorations (if using them) and lay out to set up. Again you can put them in the fridge to speed things up. BUT, let them come to room temperature before eating.

This is a super easy, super yummy holiday treat. You can totally change things up, use chopped nuts (peanuts, pecans, almonds, etc.), chopped up Oreos, coconut or crushed candy canes instead of toffee bits. Or how about dipping in white chocolate and using mini chocolate chips. As for the sprinkles, change those up as well for what every holiday you are celebrating. The possibilities are endless, get creative!

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