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January 8th is National English Toffee Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then I hope you like your sweets because it's National English Toffee Day!  Do you really need a reason to treat yourself to this sweet, crunchy goodness?  Let's get right into celebrating National English Toffee Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

There really is no reason for most days to be chosen as a holiday for food and National English Toffee Day is no different!  This sweet, crunchy goodness has been munched on for years so there's no wonder why people want to celebrate it.  Toffee is made by caramelizing sugar or molasses with butter. When you heat it to around 300 degrees Fahrenheit it allows it to be pourable as it turns into the nice brown toffee we know and love.  It'll get tough enough that you can pull it into a shape and it'll stay in that shape as you cool it in a shallow tray.
 
When it cools down it's ready to break into pieces and start munching on it.  But ENGLISH toffee is a very buttery toffee with almonds in it which gives it a different taste and texture. Health bars actually have an English toffee core, so I'm sure some of you already know what it tastes like.  You can make this is in chewy or hard versions depending on the temperature you use.  I'm certain that once you taste this caramelized goodness you'll have a new guilty pleasure to add to your list of things that make you say, "Oh, I'll just have one".

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how are you going to celebrate?  Well, you can always take the easy route and go to a local store and pick up a bag of English toffee that's ready to munch on right away. If you choose this option you might as well spice things up a little bit and add it to other treats you enjoy like ice cream or milk shakes.  Share your English toffee with your friends and family as you all satisfy that longing for sweetness.  Or you can make your own; it's actually not that hard at all! Just be sure that you boil it long enough so that everything caramelizes. Otherwise it won't have the exact texture that you were looking for.
 
When you make something like this yourself you can always get a little creative and give it a topping like chocolate by melting chocolate chunks on it just before you start to let it cool. This is a very common addition that really pulls the flavors together and most women seem a little happier with this topping ;).  And if you really want to get creative, why not experiment with different textures.  You could pour your English toffee on top of finished brownies and let it harden.  That would make for a tasty treat!  Or how about pouring it on top of something like graham crackers to give it an extra crunch?  Heck, you could even drizzle it over a couple scoops of ice cream if you like.  This is one of those holidays where it's hard to stop celebrating!  But if you find that you can't stop eating your English toffee, then invite some people over to help you polish it off before you start bouncing off the walls from a sugar high.  Enjoy your day; make it a sweet one!





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