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Best way to flavor toffee

I'm experimenting with toffee recipes to make for christmas gifts. I have a great recipe for regular english toffee but I'd like to make some orange pecan toffee. I've seen people put candied orange peel on top of regular toffee, but I'd really like to flavor the candy itself. I was thinking about adding either a little bit of orange oil or substituting orange juice (maybe concentrate?) for the water. Any ideas or suggestions for other flavors I could try? If you think orange oil is a good idea, how much should I use to flavor two pounds of toffee?

asked by amandaruth almost 3 years ago
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francesca gilberti

Francesca is the former Assistant Editor of food52 and believes you can make anything out of farro.

added almost 3 years ago

Why not sprinkle some toasted almonds over it? Or, infuse the cream with rosemary or thyme? Savory/sweet. You could also do wonders with fleur de sel ...

added almost 3 years ago

Ooh, I like the idea of rosemary infused toffee.

added almost 3 years ago

Instead of orange juice, consider the juice of fresh tangerines or tangelos....they are more flavorful than oranges. The zest of the tangerine has a lot of oil in it. You could put some of the zest into the chocolate covering on top ( assuming you add chocolate )

added almost 3 years ago

That's a really good idea. I do prefer tangerines to oranges.

added almost 3 years ago

I wouldn't recommend using citrus juice in place of water for toffee because acid affects the way sugar behaves in candy. You are likely to end up with a chewy as opposed to crunchy "toffee". You could try pulverizing some dried citrus peel and adding that in.

added almost 3 years ago

Thanks! I hadn't considered how the acid would affect it and I definitely want it to be crunchy. It looks like zest is the way to go.