Yes that’s right, sponge toffee. In my opinion the best version of toffee ever created and the best chocolate bar ever is the Crunchie bar. It used to come in a shiny gold wrapper…I don’t know if it’s changed or not. I haven’t bought one of those chocolate bars in many years, not since my BFF got me my first candy thermometer. Naturally I had to make my favorite candy and I was quite pleased when I realised just how easy it is to make! It is probably the most popular thing I make. It’s in high demand all the time and when I do give it away or send it with The Dude to work it doesn’t last long. Always a good sign 🙂
- 2 & 1/2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup corn syrup
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 6 tbs water
- 2 tbs baking soda
- oil to grease pan
- dipping chocolate chips for dipping
- large stock pot – **see note below**
- In a large stock pot combine the sugar, corn syrup and water.
- Bring to a boil then insert the candy thermometer.
- DO NOT STIR – Simmer until thermometer reads 300 degrees aka the “Hard Crack Stage”
- Remove the pot from the heat immediatly, remove the thermometer, add the vanilla and quickly whisk until combined. **NOTE** This step is why you will need a large stock pot. Adding baking soda will cause the toffee to foam up like crazy! if you use a pot too small you can possibly burn yourself and with candy at 300 degrees it is better to be safe. Use a large stock pot.
- Quickly add the baking soda to the toffee stirring vigorously to combine all the baking soda into the candy. Immediatly dump onto the greased pan and allow to cool for a minimum of 3 hours or over night.
- Once cooled I have found the best way to break it up is with a butter knife. I just stab the slab of sponge toffee into pieces.
- Set out some parchment paper and a double broiler over the lowest heat level for melting your dipping chocolate.
- Once chocolate has melted using your candy tools or a fork works just as well, dip each piece into the chocolate and set on parchment paper to dry.
It is a few steps and it does take a bit of time to make but the results are 100% worth every bit of effort!