Toffee and the Terrible Ice Storm

English: A regular Hershey bar, out of the pack


Even though the sun is shining, the wind is blowing and it seems like a good day to stay inside.  Although I cannot recall any days when Lindy and I were allowed to stay at home during bad weather, these days I really enjoy those days when I can stay in my house and bake cookies or read.

English: A candy thermometer shows that the mi...

Once there was a terrible ice storm in our hometown. Our house lost power and it was not expected to be restored for many days. Dad stayed at home to make sure the pipes didn’t freeze, and Mary farmed herself, Lindy and me out to various places. I stayed with Emma and her family, which was fun and a nice vacation from Mary and her wild ways. Lindy was forced to go with Mary to stay with some people who could not afford to have one (let alone two) people eating with them for days.  As usual, Mary was oblivious to their plight.

Mary was not the type to say

Let’s make hot chocolate


Let’s bake some cookies

She was more the type to ask you to prepare something for her and her most common refrain was

Where are my cigarettes?

I spent the making toffee with Emma and her family.

Back to today, when I decided to make my famous toffee.  Today there were no mishaps and the candy came out perfectly delicious.

Here is the recipe.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 2T light corn syrup
  • 2T water
  • 2 cups finely chopped toasted almonds
  • 8 Hershey bars (milk chocolate)


  • Line a 13 x 9 pan with aluminum foil.
  • Using part of the butter, grease the sides of a large saucepan.
  • Add remaining butter to the saucepan and melt over low heat.
  • Add sugar, corn syrup, and water.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 300 (Hard-crack stage).
  • Remove from heat and stir in almonds.
  • Quickly pour into the prepared pan, spreading to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Cool completely.
  • Carefully invert pan to remove candy in one piece.
  • Melt half of the candy in a microwave oven and spread over the top of the candy.
  • Let cool.
  • Melt the second half of the candy and repeat.
  • Cool.
  • Break into 2 inch pieces.
  • Please do not be like Mary and neglect to use the candy thermometer.
  • It is critical as are all of the other ingredients.



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