This is a butter crunch recipe, like a Heath bar. You can spread it with chocolate or not, but this candy is great!
- 1.5 C unsalted butter (3 sticks–and good butter makes good candy!) plus a little butter for the pan
- 2 C sugar
- 1/4C water
- 3T corn syrup
- optional: 12 oz chocolate
Melt butter over medium heat in a heavy pan. Add sugar, water, and corn syrup. Stir until completely dissolved, and then stop stirring! Bring to a boil and cook (without stirring!) until the hard crack stage, 300F on a candy thermometer. (If you drizzle some syrup into a glass of water, it would form a hard thread that breaks instead of bending-that’s hard crack.)
Pour the syrup into a buttered 11 x 17 cookie sheet (or aluminum foil on a heat-safe surface). Don’t spread the candy.
Break it up into pieces when it’s cool. Store at room temp for up to 2 weeks (if it lasts that long!).