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English Toffee is melt in your mouth crunchy caramel almond toffee covered in chocolate and chopped almonds. This is a simple treat to make in a pinch, or something so special you will want to give it away as a gift!

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This English Toffee Recipe is one that takes me back to my Grandmother’s kitchen! She always had this special treat around, and I was always happy to help her eat it!! Now that it is my turn to be the adult, this is one recipe I love making as a Neighbor Christmas Gift, Easter Appetizer or special treat for my fam.

You will be pleasantly surprised at how quick and easy it is to make this simple English Toffee Recipe. It will quickly become one that you will share with your family for generations!

Making candies can be intimidating, but let me reassure you, this one is simple if you use the right tools and never walk away from the stove for just a few minutes while this boils to perfection!

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How to Make English Toffee

The first step to making perfect Homemade English Toffee is to combine the butter, sugar and water in a large, heavy pot over medium heat.

Stir to combine the butter and sugar until the butter is melted and the sugar is well incorporated. Try not to stir to vigorously, you don’t want any sugar crystals to form, on the side of the pan. Cover the pot and bring to a slow boil, keep covered over medium heat for 2 minutes.

butter and sugar in a pot

Remove the lid and slowly stir in the chopped almonds. The liquid should be at a rolling boil at this point.

boiling butter and sugar for toffee

Don’t leave your toffee unattended, things can change really quick! I highly recommend using a candy or instant read thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. The liquid will start to thicken and change color. Stir occasionally, still trying to keep the liquid from sticking to the sides.

caramel colored bubbling toffee in a pot

You want your toffee to come to a hard crack stage, a temperature of 285ºF. This took about 7 minutes once I removed the lid from the pot.

If you do not own an instant read thermometer or candy thermometer, frequently test the candy by dropping a little piece of the liquid into a bowl of ice cold water. When the candy is crunchy and snaps easily, it is done.

As soon as your toffee reaches 285ºF, or the hard crack stage, remove it from the heat and carefully pour it onto a greased 10 x 15 inch baking sheet. Quickly spread the toffee on the baking sheet using a spatula or wooden spoon. Try not to spread it too thin.

collage on homemade toffee steps

This recipe will not cover the whole area of a baking sheet, so don’t worry if it doesn’t reach every corner.

Once removed from the pot, the toffee will begin to harden quickly. While the toffee is still warm, place chocolate chips on top. They will melt from the heat of the toffee.

Using a spatula or knife, spread the melted chocolate over the toffee and sprinkle with chopped almonds.

chocolate chips on warm toffee

Allow the toffee to cool completely before breaking into pieces. Simply lift the toffee from the baking sheet and it will easily break into pieces. Keep the finished toffee in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

How long does homemade toffee last?

This Homemade English Toffee Recipe will last for up to two weeks (or longer) if stored in an airtight container on the countertop. If you are making this ahead of time for Christmas gifts, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. You can also freeze these for up to one month, just make sure it is really in a tight, dry container.

Toffee really can last a long time, if it is not stored in an airtight, dry place it will begin to soften.

Can I use other nuts in my toffee?

Absolutely!! This Toffee Recipe is made with almonds, but feel free to use what you prefer. This toffee would be delicious with pecans or even walnuts. Just follow the same recipe instructions.

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English Toffee Recipe

English Toffee is melt in your mouth crunchy caramel almond toffee covered in chocolate and chopped almonds. This is a simple treat to make in a pinch, or something so special you will want to give it away as a gift!
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 36 pieces
Calories: 80kcal


  • 1 cup butter, salted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped and divided into 1/4 cups
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Prepare a baking sheet by spraying with cooking spray or oil
  • In a heavy pot over medium, melt the butter, add the sugar and water. Cover with the lid and keep covered for 2 minutes while the toffee boils.
  • Remove the lid and stir gently.
  • Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and stir occasionally until the liquid begins to thicken and becomes a dark caramel color. Add half of the almonds and stir.
  • Frequently check the temperature of the candy with a candy or instant read thermometer.
  • Once the candy reaches a temperature of 285ºF, remove from the heat and quickly spread onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • While the toffee is still warm, sprinkle with the chocolate chips. As the chocolate melts, spread over the top of the toffee.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining chopped almonds. Allow the toffee to cool and then break into pieces with your hands by lifting off the baking sheet.
  • Store in an airtight container in a dry place.


Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3.5g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 6.4g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0mg
Course: After School Snack, Dessert, Gift
Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Dessert, Holidays
Keyword: English Toffee Recipe
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English Toffee is melt in your mouth crunchy caramel almond toffee covered in chocolate and chopped almonds. This is a simple treat to make in a pinch, or something so special you will want to give it away as a gift!

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