Rich, chocolate covered butter toffee with a hint of smoky bacon.
Welcome to Day 3 of Christmas Week. This annual event was started in 2012, and is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic. This year we have over 35 bloggers sharing festive sweet recipes for the event, for which we all chipped in to give away $800 in Amazon Gift Cards. Keep scrolling after the recipe to enter!
I have a hard time making plain butter toffee. Not because the recipe itself is hard. In fact, butter toffee is one of the easiest candy recipes around to make–right next to chocolate truffles. I mean seriously, the recipe takes all of 30 minutes from start to delicious finish. My difficulty in making toffee is due to the fact that I lose my flippin’ mind in the presence of butter toffee. When faced with a fresh batch of toffee, I’ll eat an entire pound within a manner of days. I wish I were lying about that fact. My willpower is tenuous at best around sweets, but it’s completely non-existent when it comes to toffee. I’m pretty sure that at least half of the miles that I run each year can be considered atonement for my toffee addiction. The other half is to compensate for all of the pies.
So naturally during the holiday season when I should be upping my mileage commensurate with the increased amount of butter in my refrigerator, I instead decided to play around with my go-to toffee recipe to make it even better. And more addictive. By adding bacon.
You heard me. BACON.
Now, I’ll be honest. I love bacon probably more than I should, but my bacon must be incredibly crisp or all is not right in my world. So when I see all these crazy desserts on Pinterest with chunks of bacon mixed in and sprinkled on top, some of them sound a little…odd. As in, the texture would be so off that I’m not sure that even a bacon-loving sweets fiend like myself could get beyond it.
That said, I did try chocolate covered bacon in Las Vegas once, and I really, really liked it. It was that memory that inspired me to experiment with infusing bacon into butter toffee. I tried stirring crisp bacon bits into the hot sugar before spreading it into the pan, which resulted in a chewy, crown-breaking candy with a flavor that was really overwhelmed by the smoky meat. Sticking to the standard recipe and sprinkling bacon on top was tasty, but the bacon got a little soft after a few hours. No bueno.
Finally, I substituted warm bacon drippings for a portion of the butter in the recipe, and it was so very good. I’ve got to say that Bacon Butter Toffee has taken my toffee obsession to new heights. At first bite, the crisp, buttery sweet snap gives way to a hint of smokey, bacon-y flavor to candy that doesn’t overwhelm the flavor profile of the candy, and keeps the crunchy integrity of the toffee in tact. I recommend making a batch of Bacon Butter Toffee and blissfully munching on a few pieces. Then, package it up as quickly as possible to give it away to every bacon and toffee loving friend that crosses your path. It’s the only way to avoid eating the whole batch.
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