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Toffee + Chocolate Recipes

Toffee + Chocolate Recipes

Toffee may seem like an old-fashioned treat, but there are plenty of ways to modernize this classic confection—especially when you pair it with chocolate.

For proof, look no further than these eight toffee and chocolate recipes. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also creative and fresh. Whip up any of these recipes for your next dinner party, to give away at holidays, or any time you’re craving a delicious homemade treat.

Chocolate-Toffee Biscotti

Once you try this biscotti, you may never want the plain variety again. The biscotti tastes great on its own, but you can really up the ante by dipping it into a hot cup of coffee (or another warm beverage...might we suggest a mocha made with our Drinking Chocolate?)—this causes the chocolate to melt a bit and create a silky texture that perfectly complements the biscotti’s crunch.

Chocolate Toffee Cashew Clusters

Salted cashews and buttery toffee get smothered in a generous layer of melted semisweet chocolate to create a truly addictive snack.Set out a bowl whenever you’re hosting or give the treats away as housewarming gifts—no matter where you share them, they’re sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack

Few people would think to add matzos to a toffee recipe—and that’s exactly what makes this recipe so appealing. It’s creative and original, and it works. The crispy, flaky crackers get topped with sweet, buttery toffee, rich melted chocolate, crunchy pecans, and a dash of sea salt. This recipe is appropriate for Passover, but you’ll probably want to munch on it all year round.

English Walnut Toffee

Don’t be surprised if this recipe makes you want to whip up a traditional English tea party. Nutty, sweet, and crunchy (but not tooth-shattering), this fancy-sounding toffee draws on surprisingly few ingredients in the form of butter, sugar, walnuts, and chocolate chips (or chopped discs). The heart-healthy fats in the walnuts and the antioxidants in the chocolate could almost make the argument that this toffee is slightly healthy.

Salted Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark

All you need to create this sweet-savory-crunchy-silky treat is a few pantry staples in the form of butter, light brown sugar, semisweet chocolate, sea salt, and some broken up pretzels. Not only are the ingredients straightforward, but the recipe is also remarkably simple: It takes less than 20 minutes and there’s no candy thermometer required.

Skillet Toffee

A cast-iron skillet helps make the sugar hot enough to create the perfect texture for this wholesome toffee recipe. The toffee draws on classic pantry staples such as butter, sugar, salt, pure vanilla extra, semisweet chocolate (though you can easily sub in your favorite milk or extra dark chocolate), and toasted, chopped almonds. Cooking it in the skillet makes the whole experience feel extra “homey”.  

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Truffles

It takes a mere 40 minutes to whip up these delectable truffles, which utilize a mélange of flavors and textures in the form of heavy cream, espresso coffee grounds, butter, sea salt, toffee bits, and both milk and dark chocolate. If you’re already salivating, you’re not alone.

White Chocolate & Pistachios Toffee Butter Crunch Candy

Not a fan of dark chocolate but want to get in on the toffee-chocolate action? Then look no further than this crispy confection, which combines butter, sugar, pistachios, and white chocolate into a (very) sweet treat. The contrast of green pistachios and white chocolate makes this candy as enjoyable to look at as it is to eat. Top with some freeze-dried berries for a little extra somethin’ somethin’!

Whether you prefer your chocolate-and-toffee fix in the form of cashew clusters, pretzel bark, biscotti, truffles, or old-fashioned toffee, this list of delicious toffee and chocolate recipes offers something for every kind of sweet tooth.

8 Potential Health Benefits of the Theobromine Found in Chocolate

8 Potential Health Benefits of the Theobromine Found in Chocolate

In recent years, chocolate lovers have rejoiced as more and more studies suggest both milk and dark chocolate boast a variety of health benefits—thus justifying everyone’s cocoa addiction.

Now, there are still more reasons to celebrate. Newer research suggests the theobromine found in chocolate may boast a slew of mental and physical benefits. 

Just what is theobromine, exactly? It’s a compound that exists naturally in a variety of plants, most notably the cacao bean. (Other natural sources of theobromine include coffee beans, guarana berries, and some tea leaves.) Theobromine generally occurs in higher quantities in dark chocolate than in milk chocolate due to the cacao content typically being higher in a dark chocolate versus a milk chocolate, but in either case its chemical makeup is quite similar to caffeine.

Complex chemistry aside, the bottom line is theobromine may be good for you in a number of ways. Here are eight of the potential health benefits of the theobromine found in chocolate.

Healthy Heart  

Research suggests theobromine may help protect the heart in several ways. For starters, it naturally lowers blood pressure. This, in turn, decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. There’s also some evidence theobromine may reduce “bad” cholesterol and improve “good” cholesterol. Additionally, the substance may improve blood flow throughout the body, further supporting the heart.

Increased Energy

As noted above, theobromine is quite similar in structure to caffeine; so it may not come as a surprise that theobromine is a known stimulant. This means consuming theobromine may result in both a physical and mental energy boost. Theobromine differs from caffeine, however, in that its stimulant effects are likely to be milder and longer-lasting.

Improved Cognitive Function (at least temporarily)

Because theobromine functions as a stimulant, it may provide a short-term boost in brain function. This is likely because it encourages blood flow to the brain, which may help people feel more mentally alert and focused after having a chocolatey snack.

Healthy Teeth 

Preliminary research suggests theobromine may help strengthen the teeth by protecting tooth enamel from erosion. In the process, theobromine may help defend against the tooth decay that causes cavities. Even more impressive? Theobromine may be a more potent cavity fighter than fluoride, the teeth-strengthening chemical found in the vast majority of toothpastes and mouthwashes.  

Good Mood

Research in this area is mixed, but there’s some evidence the consumption of theobromine may result in a mood boost in the form of greater relaxation and a more positive affect. While more research is needed, we think most people would agree that eating high-quality chocolate is liable to put a smile on their face!

Cough Suppressant

While it’s tempting to reach for the cough syrup when you feel the sniffles coming on, you might be better off eating some chocolate instead. Some research suggests theobromine may act as a cough suppressant. There’s even evidence theobromine is more effective than codeine when it comes to soothing a nasty cough.

Healthy Respiratory System

Evidence suggests theobromine may widen the body’s airways and relax smooth muscle tissue throughout the body, including the smooth muscle tissue found in the lungs. This, in turn, increases airflow to the lungs—which helps explain both why theobromine may be an effective cough suppressant (as noted above) and why theobromine may be useful in the management of asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Reduced Inflammation

As demonstrated by the benefits described above, there’s strong evidence to suggest theobromine may be a potent anti-inflammatory. This is largely because the substance has antioxidant capacities, which helps reduce oxidative stress down to the cellular level.

While the benefits of theobromine are impressive, none of this is to say that people should start supplementing with massive doses of the stuff in powdered form. As with caffeine, excessive theobromine consumption may result in headaches, sweating, and shaking. But if you consume the substance via moderate intake of chocolate, researchers haven’t discovered any risks. To the contrary, evidence suggests a little chocolate really does do a body good.

7 Light, Chocolatey Snack Recipes that Won't Ruin Your Appetite

7 Light, Chocolatey Snack Recipes that Won't Ruin Your Appetite

Chocolate has quite the decadent reputation. From German chocolate cakes to giant fudge sundaes, many of chocolate’s most popular recipes might end up with you putting on a pair of sweatpants and taking a whole evening to digest.

With the following recipes, you’ll be able to leave those sweats safely tucked into your dresser. These snacks utilize chocolate in all its glory, yet still manage to avoid inducing a button-popping incident. If you’re looking to enjoy the taste of chocolate without spoiling your appetite for the rest of the day, these seven recipes are for you.

Dark Chocolate Hummus

Everyone’s favorite dipping snack gets an upgrade with a chocolatey twist. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and free of refined sugars—yet it still manages to remain delicious. It starts off with classic hummus ingredients in the form of chickpeas and tahini, then switches course with the addition of maple syrup, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. Serve with strawberries, apple slices, and/or pretzels.

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn

Make America’s favorite movie snack more interesting with the addition of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Carefully melt the chocolate, pop your popcorn kernels, and then drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn while it’s hot. If you want to make things even more interesting, consider sprinkling orange zest or crystallized ginger over the whole shebang.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Chocolate-covered strawberries aren’t only reserved for Valentine’s Day. Whip them up any day of the week for a surprisingly healthful snack. The strawberries provide loads of vitamins, while using dark chocolate ensures your snack packs an extra antioxidant wallop. Take things up a notch by rolling the dipped strawberries in crushed nuts, or simply enjoy them the classic way for a refreshing pick-me-up.

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds

We all know almonds are chock full of healthy fats, but sometimes eating them plain can get a little boring. Enter: bittersweet chocolate, which adds a rich depth of flavor without making the almonds too sweet. For best results, toast the almonds before dipping them in chocolate and sprinkling them with sea salt and just a touch of raw sugar.

Avocado Truffle Chocolates

Sugary truffles can easily spoil an appetite—but not so with this healthier take on the decadent confections. There’s no added sugar in this recipe; instead, the truffles draw their flavor from cinnamon, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and vanilla extract. As for their rich, creamy texture? That all comes down to good-for-you avocado.

No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites

These vegan and gluten-free snacks provide a burst of morning or afternoon energy without any added sugars. The healthy ingredients list includes the likes of almond slices, unsweetened cocoa, ground flax seeds, and coconut oil. Adding in medjool dates adds a touch of natural sweetness and ensures all the ingredients stick together when it’s time to form them into bite-sized balls.

Dark Chocolate Sweet Potato Chips

Finally, a chip you can feel good about! All it takes is five simple ingredients to whip up this healthy snack; they include sweet potatoes, olive or coconut oil, sea salt, ground cinnamon, and, of course...chocolate. The crispy sweet potatoes balance out the creaminess of the melted chocolate, while the sea salt ensures this treat never tastes too sweet.

From rich truffles to heart-healthy almonds: Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet treat or an energy-boosting snack, these seven chocolatey recipes have got you covered.