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English Toffee

English Toffee is a wonderful treat at Christmas or any time of the year. You can’t get much better than butter, sugar, chocolate and pecans.


I was first introduced to English Toffee by a friend.  She made it every Christmas.  She would invite me over when I was in high school to make caramel and she would make toffee.  And we gave away both to friends and neighbors for Christmas. 

What kind of thermometer should you use?

When making toffee or any other candy that you need to boil, I don’t recommend using a glass candy thermometer. I have broken a few and the candy has to be scrapped because of the glass shards in it. I recommend using a metal one. I have linked one below the recipe that I use and recommend.

Do you need to stir toffee?

Yes. Toffee needs to be stirred frequently. I usually stir it the entire time. 

Is Caramel and Toffee the same thing?

While Caramel and Toffee are both made similarly, caramel usually has cream or sweet condensed milk. Toffee doesn’t have either of those. Both do have butter and sugar. And both are cooked to high temperatures, toffee is cooked longer to make it hard and crunchy.

English Toffee

English Toffee

English Toffee is a wonderful treat at Christmas or any time of the year. You can't get much better than butter, sugar, chocolate and pecans.


  • 3 cups butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups nuts, divided, pecans or almonds
  • 12 oz bag milk chocolate chips


  1. Grease a sheet pan. Sprinkle half the nuts evenly on the pan. Set aside. 
  2. In a large heavy pot, combine butter, sugar and salt. Turn on medium high heat and stir until butter has melted. Turn heat up to high and bring to a rolling boil. I will almost look like foam. Stir often until mixture has reached 295 degrees. It will turn an almond color. 
  3. Turn off heat and keep stirring until it reaches 300. Add vanilla, stir to combine. Pour toffee over nuts on sheet pan. Let cool for 5 minutes. 
  4. Pour chocolate chips over the top. They will melt. Spread the chocolate over the toffee. Once completely covering toffee, sprinkle remaining nuts over the chocolate evenly. Press down on the nuts to make them stick in the chocolate. 
  5. Wait for toffee to cool completely, break apart and serve.

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Tammy Doiel

Monday 16th of December 2013

Another delicious recipe! I love toffee too! Thanks for linking up with the Tasty Tuesday's Link-up. I have pinned your post to the Tasty's Tuesday's Pinterest Board!


Sunday 15th of December 2013

looks delish! can't wait to try it! Thanks so much for linking up to our All Things Christmas Link Party! Trisha


Saturday 14th of December 2013

I adore toffee but am terrible at making it! Yours looks perfect!!

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