When I use toffee in a recipe, like Toffee Palmiers, I usually wait until I have some big pieces of toffee around and chop them up to use. This means that I use it more around the holidays, when toffee seems to be more widely available in stores. There is an alternative to waiting for big blocks of candy to chop up and that is to use Heath Bits o’ Brickle Toffee, which is packaged, chopped toffee make by Hershey’s. This toffee is very convenient and really tasty, with notes of caramel and almond to it. It’s the center portion of a Heath Bar, basically. They’re also very light and crisp, and stay that way during baking without turning into a hard mass of sugar that you can’t bite into.
The only downside is that they’re not kidding when they say “bits.” The pieces of toffee are very small, a bit larger than a sprinkle but much smaller than a chocolate chip. They mostly stay crisp during baking, but some of the smaller pieces will kind of melt into a cookie dough or cake batter, leaving you with the flavor and not the crunch. This isn’t a bad thing, but it is something to keep in mind if you’re looking to have larger, more noticeable chunks of toffee in a dessert. Otherwise, these taste great and can be found at most grocery stores, so they’re worth keeping around the pantry and are a great addition to an otherwise boring batch of chocolate chip cookies.