In The Magician’s Nephew, Polly and Digory are on a quest in Narnia and are desperate for something to eat for dinner. The only thing they have available is a bag of toffees in Polly’s coat pocket. They eat all of them but one, and they plant the final toffee in the ground to grow a toffee tree. More on that later 🙂
“The little paper bag was very squashy and sticky…it was more a question of tearing the bag off the toffees than of getting the toffees out of the bag. Some grown-ups (you know how fussy they can be about that sort of thing) would rather have gone without supper altogether than eaten those toffees.”
-The Magician’s Nephew-
One of my favorite things about C.S. Lewis’ writing in The Chronicles of Narnia is how he talks about grown ups. It cracks me up and makes me realize that I am still a kid at heart. Toffee is delicious, even if it is “squashy and sticky.”
The way this toffee is described, it sounds more like caramel than toffee to me. Most toffee recipes produce a hard, crunchy candy. I love hard and crunchy toffee, but it is more difficult to make, as it requires a candy thermometer and can be easily burned. Plus, a soft caramel recipe would be more authentic in this situation, I think. So, that’s what I did.
I adapted this soft caramel recipe from Creme de la Crumb, and it did not disappoint!
Soft Caramel Recipe – The Chronicles of Narnia
- 10 Tbsp. butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp. light corn syrup
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Combine the butter and the sugar in a saucepan, and stir it until the combination is melted and incorporated together.
- Add the corn syrup and the sweetened condensed milk. Whisk the ingredients together until the mixture boils.
- Lower the heat to medium-low, and whisk the mixture constantly for about 10 minutes. The mixture should be bubbling softly the whole time. You’ll know when to take it off the heat when it turns a golden brown color and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.
- Add the vanilla and pour the mixture into a pan lined with parchment paper.
- Allow the caramels to cool completely.
- When the caramels set, cut them into squares and wrap them in pieces of wax paper.
This soft caramel recipe produces candies that are buttery and sweet and definitely squashy and sticky. Perfect for growing a toffee tree!
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