Easy Butter Brickle Bark ~ this is it, the ultimate easy peasy homemade candy that you can make for yourself, or for gifts. The prep is just 5 minutes, and it firms up in the fridge in another 30. Buckle up and lets get brickling!
This is for you lazy cooks out there, there are only 2 ingredients and no cooking involved. But as we approach the holidays I know all of us are looking for incredibly easy ways to give gifts from our kitchen, and this one is a no-brainer. I mean, all my barks are easy, but this one is ridiculous. And people will think you spend hours slaving in the kitchen.
I love the combination of toffee and chocolate, particularly dark chocolate. The toffee bits are sweet and crunchy, and stick to your teeth a little (in a good way) while the chocolate is creamy and melts in your mouth. The toffee has the perfect hint of saltiness, too, so this really has quite a complex flavor experience considering how drop dead easy it is!
What is butter brickle?
Butter Brickle is an old timey name for toffee candy, invented in 1918. The flavor is buttery and sweet, and the texture is super crunchy. Butter Brickle was an early candy bar and a vintage ice cream flavor from the 1920s on into the 1970s when the ‘brickle’ trademark was bought up by Heath, which was eventually acquired by Hershey, who now owns the rights. If you’re lucky enough to live near a Culver’s, they make a Butter Brickle ice cream (you know I’m going to do a butter brickle flavor ice cream next summer, count on it.)
How to make homemade toffee ~
If you don’t want to go the convenience food route, you can make your own toffee, it takes a little more time, and a special candy thermometer, but it’s easy. Toffee is made by boiling butter and sugar to the high temperature of 285F, also known as the soft crack stage in candy making. I recommend my recipe for English Walnut Toffee if you want to give it a try for yourself.
For another even easier toffee type dessert try my Microwave Peanut Brittle.
- 10 ounce bag of dark chocolate chips (I use Nestle Dark Chocolate Chips)
- 8 ounce bag of Bits 'O Brickle Toffee Bits (you won't need the whole bag)
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper
- Put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on full power for one minute. Stir and then heat another 30 seconds. Let it sit for a minute, then stir until smooth and creamy, letting the heat of the bowl melt all the chips. If there is still some unmelted chocolate you can zap it for another 15 seconds. Tiny lumps won't affect the final bark.
- Pour the chocolate out onto the baking sheet and spread out to a rectangle, roughly 7 or 8 x 12. You don't have to be exact here, but I like to get it to an even thickness all around.
- Sprinkle the brickle bits evenly all over the surface of the chocolate. Press down very gently to make sure the bits will adhere to the chocolate as it sets up.
- Put the tray in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until hardened, then carefully chop it into chunks.
- I like to keep the bark refrigerated.
Make this Easy Butter Brickle Bark your own ~
- Add very finely chopped nuts, either walnuts, almonds, or pecans, to the brickle bits.
- Use white baking chips instead of regular chocolate as the base for your brickle bark. You can also use caramel or toffee chips, look for them next to the regular chocolate chips in the baking aisle.