This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts and ideas are my own.
‘Tis the season for cooking up classics in the kitchen, and there’s nothing more classic than homemade candy. Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk is a classic itself, and it’s the main ingredient in these Mocha Toffee Bites. You won’t believe how easy these are to make with just a few simple ingredients!
First, you need a non-stick skillet. The non-stick feature is very important for this recipe. Since you’re making toffee which is v-e-r-y sticky, go ahead and spray you non-stick pan with some cooking spray too. It’s just extra insurance.
Now, place 1 Tbs. of butter in the bottom of your skillet. Turn the heat to medium and use a silicone spatula scraper to swirl it around until it’s all melted.
Next, pour the entire 14 oz. can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk into the pan and start stirring. You have to keep stirring through this entire process, or you’ll just end up with a burned mess.
First, you’ll notice the butter incorporate into the sweetened condensed milk, so you can’t see it anymore. Then the mixture will start to bubble.
It gets really bubbly, and that’s OK. Just keep stirring.
You stir the same way you make scrambled eggs. Scrapping the mixture off the bottom of the pan and moving it around.
When it starts to bubble is when you want to add your flavoring, if you’re using any. You don’t have to flavor it. Without adding anything, the candies have a creamy caramel flavor. I added 3 Tbs. of strong espresso to my mixture to give it the coffee flavor. I made the espresso in my French press. You could also use vanilla or just about any kind of extract to make whatever flavor you desire.
Now keep stirring.
The mixture turns a nice light brown and starts to come together to form something that resembles dough.
When it’s ready it’s kind off a big viscous glob.
Don’t overcook it, because the candies will get too hard, and you may loose a couple teeth! There isn’t an exact time, but it takes about eight minutes for a mixture without any added flavor. If you add flavoring, it will take a another couple minutes depending on how much liquid your flavor adds. If it seem like the mixture is starting to burn before it’s thick enough, go ahead and turn the heat down a bit.
So once your toffee is thick enough, turn it out onto wax paper that’s been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. It will be extremely hot. You need to let it cool off at least five minutes before you try to handle it.
Once the toffee is cool enough, shape it into a long roll about an inch thick.
Slice it into bite size pieces.
Now the toffee bites are ready to coat in chocolate. You can use fancy melting chocolate, but I’ve found that chocolate chips melted with a little shortening actually work great.
Put 1 1/2cups of chocolate chips into a glass bowl along with one Tbs. of shortening. Find a pan that your bowl can sit on top of and fill it water. Bring the water to boil over medium heat, then place the glass bowl over the water. Stir the chips until they’re melted.
Now you’re ready to dip your candy. I found the easiest way to do this was by sticking a wooden swewer into the candy and using that to dip it.
Tap the swewer on the edge of the bowl to get any extra chocolate off the candy, then transfer it to wax paper to dry. You can use a second swewer to get the candy off. Once it’s on the wax paper, you can also use the swewer to paint the chocolate over the tiny hole if you want that covered up.
If you want, you can add sprinkles before the chocolate drys. The chocolate will harden in about an hour, and your mocha toffee bites are ready to enjoy or give as a gift!