Today was my last day at work before the Christmas break, so that means I was up making toffee last night. It's become a tradition for me to give some of my homemade toffee to all my co-workers, and some people (Fran!) started asking about it weeks ago. The only good thing about all the downsizing in our department (at a meeting yesterday it was starkly shown that we went from 20 employees to 13 in just four years--yet we produce even more products) is that I didn't have to make as many batches!
I also regularly give toffee to some others on my list, and this year I duplicated this cute container, which I had made last year for my women's group friends. I started with a paper star box, spray painted it silver, stamped stars, swirls, and the word "Believe" on it, trimmed it with blue ribbon, filled it with toffee, wrapped the whole thing in tulle, and attached a star ornament out of blue felt and hand-beaded. Aren't they pretty?
I delivered these today to the family they're going to, and distributed all my little bags of toffee to co-workers. I'll probably make a few more batches to take to my sister's and to Philadelphia, but the two-batches-a-night candy factory is closed! People think it's so hard, but really if you have a candy thermometer, it's really quite simple. Check out the recipe here. (I used Hershey's dark for the chocolate.)
So I'm off work until January 3--almost two weeks. I've got two days to finish my Midwest Christmas gifts, and then until the 27th to finish my Philadelphia ones. It's do-able, but I'm going to have to be really productive these next two days. Wish me luck!