One of my very favorite Christmas traditions is to make Almond Roca (sometimes called “English Toffee”) with my Mom. Our candy-making sessions often take a whole day, so we can make enough batches to give away as gifts for the whole Christmas season. People adore the stuff, and it seems we can never make enough to satiate everyone.
One of the keys to our success is the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook recipe. Good butter, a candy thermometer, and toasted almonds are also integral. If you are going to try the recipe, I’d suggest also buttering the foil on the pan to make sure the candy doesn’t stick.
For the batch displayed here, I branched out and used a variety of nuts we had on hand: almonds, pistachios, and hazelnuts.
This stuff is so delicious; I can’t even describe how the flavors come together to be so amazing. If you are looking for a gift to ship and please your loved ones, this Almond Roca is a fantastic way to go.
P.S. You can use the crumbles that result from breaking pieces apart as a scrumptious ice cream topping!