Dec 09 2011

Bacon Frangelico Toffee for A Shower for Nelly!

Nelly's & Brian's big day

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“And …I said YESSSSS!”

It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly @nella22. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M”, as she sweetly calls Brian Murray, her fiancé.

So here we are, Nelly dear, your friends in the food world, wishing you and Brian, all the best. And with our wishes, a simple recipe with an easy formula for a life of bliss, rich with EVERYTHING in it!


Mix together: A lot of Love, Patience, Perseverance, Respect, Courage, Strength, Trust, Kindness, Honesty, Compromise & Great Sex.

Stir in : Equal Parts of Love, Support, Faith, Fidelity, Hope, Validation, Friendship, Forgiveness, Communication.

Cook over slow simmer for the rest of your life. Dot daily with a Sense of Humor.

Leave out the nagging, sarcasm, skepticism, doubts and stubbornness.

Serving Suggestions: Best prepared daily. Serve with flourish because Married Life is a FEAST. Live it with flavor, spice it with unconditional love, enjoy its richness.

Recipe Notes: Some ingredients won’t always be fresh or available. Or the heat may flare up and the anger spills over. Simmer down and douse the flames with all the LOVE you can throw in.

Enjoy the feast of marriage, love and life!

(Written by : Elizabeth @Mango_Queen)

If you’re into food and you’ve spent any time at all on Twitter, you probably know nella22. Writer of Cooking with Books, she is an incredible wealth of culinary information–and about as warm of a person as you could find. Spend an evening chatting with her and you’ll feel like you’ve been friends your whole life. What a girl!

bacon frangelico toffee

What a lucky girl, too, for Saturday is her BIG day! Nelly’s getting married!

This past May, my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. In August, we passed the 16-year mark for our dating anniversary. So what words of wisdom can I offer you, Nelly, on the eve of your nuptials?

  • Set aside time for just the two of you, one-on-one, with no distractions. This is easier to achieve before children, but if you do decide to have them, it becomes a necessity. You must nurture the couple to keep the love alive.
  • Everybody makes mistakes; those mistakes don’t have to define us. Learn to forgive and let go and just about every problem you’ll come across in your marriage will be covered.

bacon frangelico toffee

Congratulations, Nelly and Brian! All my best to you both!

It would have been wonderful if we all could have gotten together and thrown a real shower for Nelly. Seeing as her love spreads worldwide, we had to settle for a virtual version instead. This is for you!

I really wanted to combine bananas, Nutella, bacon, and chocolate into a delicious treat fitting of the guest of honor. Nelly has a bit of a reputation with these ingredients. Instead, she’ll have to settle for the flavors of Nutella, bacon, and chocolate–I hope that’s okay! And if not, she could always try sprinkling crumbled banana chips over the top. :)

bacon frangelico toffee

5.0 from 4 reviews
Bacon Frangelico Toffee
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Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 24
  • 12 ounces (3/4 pound) Hormel Black Label Bacon
  • 4½ ounces Kerrygold Unsalted Irish Butter (roughly; see below)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)
  • 1½ cups Guittard milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, grease it, and set aside.
  2. Line another baking sheet with aluminum foil and arrange the slices of bacon evenly on it.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until nice and crispy.
  4. Place bacon on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  5. Measure out bacon fat and add to it enough butter to equal 8 ounces all together (in my case, I had 3½ ounces bacon fat, so I only needed 4½ ounces of butter).
  6. Crumble up bacon and set aside. (I used my kitchen shears to cut it up finely.)
  7. In a large, heavy-bottomed pan, combine the bacon fat, butter, sugar, and warm water. Attach a calibrated candy thermometer and cook over medium heat until it reaches hard crack stage (about 30 minutes), stirring constantly with a silicone spatula. You can use a silicone brush dipped in water to try to wash down sugar crystals from the sides of the pan in the first few minutes of cooking, but try not to scrape too much after that to prevent crystallization.
  8. Once the mixture has reached hard crack stage, remove from heat immediately.
  9. Remove the candy thermometer and add to the mixture about half the bacon crumbles and the Frangelico. It will bubble up once the Frangelico is added--be careful!
  10. Stir until the foaming mostly stops, then spread in the prepared baking sheet.
  11. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and let sit for a few minutes.
  12. Spread the melted chocolate chips over the top of the toffee and sprinkle over it the remaining bacon crumbles.
  13. Let sit until chocolate is set, then break into pieces. (I was impatient and popped the sheet into the fridge to set.)
  14. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Be very careful about achieving the hard crack stage. It appears I fell a little short of that and now my toffee is a bit soft at room temperature. Either that or the addition of bacon and liquor made it go soft. Eating it straight from the refrigerator, however, it is just fine. Just like in marriage, I can be flexible with my candy. It's all good.
This is a Blog Hop hosted by Sanjeeta kk at Lite Bite! Let’s see who else is attending Nelly’s Shower!

About the author

Carrie @ poet in the pantry

Carrie is a home baker and amateur photographer who dabbles in writing and poetry.


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  1. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet

    This looks fantastic! But how could it not, it has bacon! :) Great post.

  2. diabeticFoodie

    Sounds like the perfect recipe for Nelly! So nice to “meet” you at the shower.

  3. Sanjeeta kk

    Thanks for joining the fun, gad to have you aboard for the virtual shower! You did it here..Nelly loves Bacon & chocolate and here we have a perfect treat for her in the shower :) Hugs.

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      This has been so much fun! Thanks for coordinating this! :)

  4. Baker Street

    You got bacon to the party! That’s perfect! Toffee and bacon are a lovely combination! :)

  5. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    Nelly is going to LOVE this! Wish I had some right now too, actually!

  6. Jenni

    The perfect smackerel for Nelly’s shower!! I’m already married, but maybe you could bring that to an anniversary party sometime? :)

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      It does make a great gift, doesn’t it? ;)

  7. @Mango_Queen

    Yes, we must have bacon! This is perfect….Nelly would love it !

  8. @Mango_Queen

    Ooops, clicked too early. Sorry…I was going to say, what a great friend you are to Nelly to combine the flavors she loves best…Bacon & Toffee. Wish this shower was live, so we could eat and enjoy all these!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      That would keep me from eating it all by myself, that’s for sure! :)

  9. Jessie

    This looks so delish! Nelly is going to love this!

  10. Patti @ Easton Place Designs

    What, the what?? ZOMG! If only I could have just a nibble of such an amazing concoction :) This is perfect for our Nelly!! Toffee, Chocolate & Bacon…. mmmmm

  11. Alan Cooke

    Awesome! That looks more addictive than crack…lol I would need to sample it before I reccomend it, though! ;);)

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Well get to work! ;) I need to go grab some… right now.

  12. juniakk @ mis pensamientos

    this is nelly’s perfect idea of snacking – bacon and chocolate together!!! i love this pearl of wisdom you shared: “Everybody makes mistakes; those mistakes don’t have to define us. Learn to forgive and let go and just about every problem you’ll come across in your marriage will be covered.” So true!

  13. Barbara | Creative Culinary

    Oh my goodness. I just happened to have finished making 11 pounds of my own brown sugar cured bacon. You realize this will now HAVE to happen. Again, OH MY!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Sounds like you have the perfect use for some of that tasty homemade bacon!

  14. EA-The Spicy RD

    Oh my goodness…this looks absolutely amazing! I am a fellow toffee lover myself, and I’m definitely game to try some topped with bacon :-) Nelly will love this! So happy to celebrate the big day with you :-)

  15. rebecca

    lovely post and amazing recipe so nelly

  16. Amanda

    Your toffee disgusts and intrigues me at the same time. Like, it’s extra fat in an already decadent dessert, but, it’s not like I can resist bacon in toffee, right?


  17. Annapet

    This is perfect and mail-friendly, Carrie ;-). I love toffee, too! Happy to be partying with you!

  18. Aimee @ Food, Je t'Aimee

    OH MY GOSH. Swoon alert! Carrie – your toffee looks INCREDIBLE. What glorious ingredients! I love how you incorporated so many of Nelly’s favourites. Excellent advice, too. I’m taking notes from all these posts! ;)

  19. Vianney Rodriguez

    This is amazing!! I know I would devour the entire bathc, thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by!!

  20. Erik Eats

    Yes Please! Chocolate & Bacon… Enough said. My wife Kate and I also celebrated our 10 year anniversary this year. Your words of advice were well said and have worked for us. We try to go out on a date night, alone no kids at least once a month.

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