Growing up down South—where customs are cherished and parties are picture-perfect—Courtney Dial Whitmore learned the art of entertaining at a young age.
Now, the renowned author and blogger shares her styling know-how and party design expertise on her much-adored blog, Pizzazzerie, in her books “Push-up Pops” and, our personal favorite, “Candy Making for Kids.” From toffee and fudge to cute candy creations, this gastronomic book is filled with delicious, easy-to-follow recipes for kids (and kids at heart).
In honor of the last official days of summer and an excuse to eat candy, we asked Courtney to make us a special kid-approved treat. Thankfully, she indulged us. Our stomachs are happy, and yours will be too. Check out her recipe for Target Toffee below!
Labor Day might mark the end of summer but it doesn’t have to mean the end of sweet treats and party fun! I’m excited to share one of my favorite recipes from my new book “Candy Making For Kids.” Not only is it easy (no candy thermometer needed), but it’s absolutely addictive. You have been warned! What I love about this treat is that you can customize it to your party or celebration, so I styled up some sweet Labor Day toffee bites.
From an American Flag and celebratory stars to the Target Bullseye, you can create almost any design from this toffee recipe. I created rectangle, star and circle shapes for my designs. The rectangle made the perfect “flag” shape while the circle was for my Bullseye.
Target Toffee by Courtney Dial Whitmore
Makes 65–70 pieces
What You’ll Need:
28–29 squares honey graham crackers
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup regular (or mini) M&M’s
½ cup mini marshmallow bits
What You’ll Do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Lay out honey graham crackers until pan is full to all sides.
3. Combine brown sugar and butter in saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a rolling boil and remove from heat. Pour over layer of graham crackers and spread until evenly coated. Bake for 10 minutes.
4. Remove and pour package of chocolate chips over whole pan. As chocolate melts, use back of spoon to spread chocolate to all sides.
5. Sprinkle with M&M’s. Allow toffee to cool for 1 to 2 hours or until firm. Break into bite-size pieces or use cookie cutters to create fun shapes. Try alphabet letters, stars, or other fun shapes!
Our personal favorite… the Bullseye-shaped Target Toffee!