Tropical Toffee Brittle

Tropical Toffee Brittle
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Oh, it’s an exciting day! Not only is today the day I get to share my Tropical Toffee Brittle with you, but there is yet another AMAZING giveaway!! I wish I could win it! Be sure to enter at the end of this post…but first let me tell you about today’s recipe.

After I finished making my Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies last week, I found myself with leftover macadamia nuts, coconut, and dried pineapples. Woe is me…it’s such a hard predicament to be in. At first, I considered making another batch of the cookies, but then I started turning my thoughts towards candies.

Tropical Toffee Brittle

Toffee or brittles are pretty much my top favorite Christmas candies and that had me wondering — would it work to combine the leftover macadamia nuts, pineapple and coconut into a brittle? Well, I gave it a shot and it turned out just as wonderful as I had hoped. A sweet, crunchy candy with pops of pineapple peeking through and greeting you as you take a bite. David has now declared it to be his new favorite, which, let’s be honest, it’s not hard for me to make something with coconut and pineapple and have it be his new favorite. I think don’t think he’ll ever get tired of that combo.

Tropical Toffee Brittle


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (I used sweetened)
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup dried pineapple, finely chopped (about 3 1/2 rings)
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), cut into small pieces


  1. Spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine salt and baking soda and set aside.
  2. In a large, dry skillet over medium heat, add coconut and stir and move constantly while toasting the coconut until it's just beginning to brown. Remove from heat immediately and transfer to a bowl. Set aside. In the same skillet, in the same manner, toast the macadamia nuts. When beginning to brown, remove from heat immediately and allow to cool. Coarsely chop cooled nuts.
  3. In a heavy medium to large saucepan, stir together sugar, corn syrup, and water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover and boil, without stirring, for 5 minutes.
  4. Uncover and gently stir in butter. Combine with sugar mixture until butter is melted and thoroughly combined with the mixture. Continue cooking over medium heat, keeping a close watch. As soon as mixture is 296-300 degrees F (as shown on a candy thermometer), immediately remove from heat. Working quickly, stir in salt/baking soda mixture and then coconut, nuts, and pineapple.
  5. Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet and with a silicone or metal spatula, spread it as thinly and evenly as possible. Allow brittle to cool completely and then break into irregular pieces. If necessary, blot top and bottom of each piece with a paper towel to absorb any grease from pan.

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  1. Shanda Enriquez says

    I would make my grandma’s recipe for chocolate chip banana cake with peanut butter frosting it is pretty much amazing!


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