This is my favorite things to make at Christmas time. Its easy and makes a lot to give away. And it is out of this world yummy.
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
5 Tbs hot water
1 cup sliced almonds
For the chocolate topping:
1 bag of milk chocolate chips
1/4-1/2 cup sliced almonds
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 minute increments until smooth. Pour over the toffee once it is set. Then top the chocolate with sliced almonds if you desire.
Place the butter in a large pot over medium high heat, (make sure you have your candy thermometer in the pot) Once the butter is melted add the sugar and stir until it is all combined. Keep stirring. When the mixture comes to a boil add the water one tablespoon at a time. Keep stirring and add the almonds. Now you just keep stirring over medium heat until the candy thermometer reaches 310 degrees. It usually takes about 10 minutes or so. The mixture starts to turn a light brown color and pulls away from the sides.
Remove it from the heat and pour into a large jelly roll pan, and let it cool completely. Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute or until it is smooth and melted. Pour the chocolate over the top and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Once it has set, break it into pieces and store in an air tight container for up to 3 weeks.