Homemade Toffee Recipe

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Homemade English Toffee – you can make mouthwatering candy at home with this simple toffee recipe!

The best English Toffee recipe- so easy and so scrumptious!

Guys, toffee is one of my favorite treats on the planet, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make it from scratch. It is incredible!!

English Toffee Recipe - make homemade toffee with this easy recipe!

Last Christmas my mom and sister in law came down for a day of candy making for neighbor gifts. Toffee was one of the recipes on my list. It was so easy and turned out so yummy that I ended up making two more batches after they left!

Step by step toffee recipe - everyone loves this English toffee!

I always assumed that making toffee was challenging, but it’s really quite simple. I think the secret to delicious toffee is cooking it till turns a nice caramel color. You can see in the photo below that it is still creamy colored. It’s close, and still yummy if you pour it at this stage, but it has a deeper, richer flavor if  you let it cook a little longer.

You can use a candy thermometer, but I prefer the ice water method. Make sure you have your cookie sheet ready, because after the mixture reaches 280 degrees, it can burn really fast.

How to make homemade toffee
You can see in this photo that the toffee is a nice caramel color. That’s what gives it that rich toffee flavor. I highly recommend using silicone pan liners when making toffee. Nothing sticks to them!

Tips for making English Toffee. Best toffee recipe!
My toffee recipe calls for chopped almonds on top, but you can use pecans if you prefer. I like to use the sliced almonds and just give them a rough chop.

Homemade English Toffee makes perfect Christmas gifts!

Everyone raved about this homemade toffee. Be careful, it is seriously addicting! I had a hard time resisting it, so it’s a good thing I handed most of it out to the neighbors.

Everyone loves this homemade English toffee!

Homemade English Toffee Recipe

Yield: approximately 1 1/2 pounds

Homemade Toffee Recipe

Homemade Toffee Recipe
Rich, buttery toffee topped with chocolate and chopped nuts.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds or pecans


Line a large cookie sheet with a silicone liner or buttered parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large heavy pan, heat the butter, sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt over medium heat. Bring to a boil.

Continue cooking till mixture reaches about 290 degrees and turns a deep caramel color. (Right between the soft and hard crack stage.) Watch carefully, it can burn quickly after it reaches 280°.

Quickly pour the hot mixture onto the pan. Let it sit for about 3-5 minutes, then sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top.

Let sit for 5-10 minutes or till chocolate is melted. Spread the chocolate over the top, then sprinkle with chopped almonds.

Let toffee cool completely, then break into pieces.


-You can use a candy thermometer, or drop a spoonful of the hot mixture into a cup of cold water. If it cracks, it's ready.
-I've tried the recipe without the corn syrup. It still works, but it's trickier at the end because it tends to separate, so you have to stir very vigorously.

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  1. Amy Huntley says

    Such a great idea for neighbor gifts! Definitely keeping this recipe!

  2. Heavenly! Using this for neighbor gifts this Christmas!

  3. When do you add the vanilla? Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Cara…….. I made a batch today. YOU ROCK !!!!

  5. I have tried several times to make toffee but it often turns out crystallized and yuck. I have about given up. Any tips? I’ve heard not scraping the side of the pot helps but I don’t know what I”m doing wrong! This is seriously the one candy that I love above all others and it’s so expensive to buy!

  6. looking good

  7. ginny entrekin says

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

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