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 oâ€™ 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.
margueriteOctober 27, 2009
Yum!! I love this stuff and use it often!
ConnieOctober 27, 2009
I used this last year in some pecan tassie’s and it was great.
It was almost like a pecan pie in cookie form.
AmyHOctober 27, 2009
I really like these too, but have a very hard time finding them. My store lately only carries the chocolate covered toffee bits.
ValerinaOctober 27, 2009
I love these! Great with butterscotch too! 🙂
RobOctober 27, 2009
I use these in toffee cookies regularly. The recipe was originally from a Skor bits bag, but the Health bits work just as well.
Nutmeg NannyOctober 27, 2009
Delicious! I’m a big fan of toffee bites. They are handy to keep in the pantry.
T. MartinOctober 27, 2009
Just curious, in what store did you find these?
mds leukemiaOctober 27, 2009
Yummy.. i like coffee flavors!
Sally599October 28, 2009
combine with chocolate ice cream—nice–eat straight from the bag—-nice——–I refrain from buying these precisely because they are so excellent.
Stephanie P.October 28, 2009
I really think if I had no self control I could easily put down a whole bag of these straight up! Mmmm tasty! Whenever I need a bag for baking, I always make sure to buy a second for snacking!
They are sometimes hard to find, I actually find these most often, and cheapest at Walmart. Just make sure to read the bag, blue and brown are plain heath bits, and I believe the orange and brown bag is the chocolate covered toffee bits.