I never liked coffee. Nasty, bitter, grown up stuff, usually consumed alongside copious amounts of those disgusting cigarettes, and hugely bad for you. And yet, I found my tastes maturing a while ago, allowing me to enjoy wonderful foods I used to bear, but not enjoy, like tomatoes, spicier foods, incredibly dark chocolate, flowers, some cheeses, some spices, and yes, even the smell, if not the flavor of coffee, the awful stuff itself. One day I was encouraging my mom to start drinking tea instead of coffee again, the next I found myself sniffing her half-empty cups of Peet's. And one night when i was buried under a pile of overdue homework i even tried a little sip of it. Bleagh! Still too bitter... And yet coffee flavored caramels?- yum! So, with my favorite toffee recipe and a few changes of my own, in hand, and, of course the coffee challenge in ,mind, I set out to make my very own coffee candy!
This, if I do say so myself, is a wonderful recipe!(she said modestly... ;) ) crumbly (not tooth-breaking material!), butterscotch-y, sweet, lent a wonderful smoothness by a generous coating of dark chocolate, and, of course, with a distinct, yet not overwhelming, coffee flavor!
Step 1: Gather Les IngrÃ¨dientes!
6 tbsp black coffee of your choice
1 stick minus 1 tbsp butter
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp very finely ground coffee (optional)
5 oz. or 1 cup chopped chocolate