Golden Toffee Nut Gems

  • prep time5 min
  • total time 30 min
  • serves 28

Finalist Don Harquail's creation boasts a harmonious balance between savoury nut flavour and sweet chocolatey goodness.

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Canada

***This original recipe was tested and modified to make it suitable for use in a home kitchen.

120 Ratings
Directions for: Golden Toffee Nut Gems


32 graham crackers

1 ¼ cup (300 mL) unsalted butter

1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar

2 Tbsp (25 mL) maple syrup

¼ tsp (1 mL) salt

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla

¾ cup (175 mL) sliced blanched almonds

½ cup (125 mL) pine nuts

½ cup (125 mL) whole cashews

2 Tbsp (25 mL) sesame seeds

28 pure milk chocolate moulding wafers


1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 17 x 11-inch (43 x 28-cm) rimmed baking sheet with foil; spray lightly with cooking spray. Arrange graham crackers on prepared baking sheet to cover sheet completely. Some graham crackers may need to be cut to ensure a tight fit.

2. In small saucepan, add butter, sugar, maple syrup and salt. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring frequently, until candy thermometer reaches 220°F (110°C). Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, almonds, pine nuts and cashews.

3. Immediately pour toffee mixture all over graham crackers, spreading evenly with an offset spatula; sprinkle sesame seeds over top. Bake in centre of oven for 8 minutes or until golden. Using sharp knife, immediately score into 28 squares and top each square with 1 chocolate wafer. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes; cut into individual squares and continue to let stand until ready to serve. Gems can be stored in a sealed tin for up to 5 days.

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