Mouth-Watering English Toffee Candy for You to Try at Home

Hark! Welcome, dear readers, and gather round. I present to thee a most wondrous confection: the English Toffee Candy. This recipe heralds from the isle of Britannia, where buttery toffee and hard crack candy meet in sweet harmony.

The result of this recipe is a classic English Toffee, easy to make and simply delightful. In America, toffee created varies from the original recipe with differences in texture, flavor, and style – this recipe stays true to the classic presentation.

It’s a treat fit for any time and any company. Be it for oneself, or shared with one’s kinsfolk or lords and ladies of finer society. The simplicity in making it will shock you; with just the right ingredients, which we will talk about shortly, one may delight in their own homemade version of this venerable candy.

Heed my words carefully as I guide you on this epicurean journey through sugar and butter. Let us begin our journey towards making a delectable English Toffee that will leave your taste buds singing hymns of praise.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

English Toffee Candy
English Toffee Candy

Hark! Listen to my words of wisdom, for I shall persuade thee to fall in love with this English Toffee Candy recipe. Verily, this recipe is a masterpiece from the land of England – known for their delights of sweet and savory.

Firstly, let us speak of the delightful texture that shall melt in thy mouth. The combination of sugar and butter creates a sugary syrup – that when boiled to perfection reaches the hard-crack stage giving it the perfect chewy texture! Furthermore, adding crunchy nuts like walnuts or pecans shall add an extra layer of flavor and texture, which shall make you yearn for more!

Secondly, this recipe is the epitome of simplicity. It has only six ingredients – sugar, butter, water, vanilla extract, nuts and baking soda. These common items are found in most households and thus making it easier to give thy taste buds a delightful reward.

Lastly and most importantly, thee can modify this recipe to suit thy palate. Want something nutty? Add nuts! Desire something chocolaty? Cover it with your favorite chocolate! The possibilities are endless with this classic English Toffee recipe.

In conclusion, if thou hast a sweet tooth and desire a candy that shall fulfill thy cravings then give this English Toffee Candy recipe a chance. It is simple yet elegant and modifiable to match thy desires. A delight that shall leave you wanting more every time!

Ingredient List

“Indulge in the rich buttery flavor of our English toffee candy!”

English Toffee Candy Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 2 cups unsalted butter (divided)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 10oz (284g) milk chocolate, chopped
  • ½ tsp flaked sea salt (optional)

The Recipe How-To

“Our English toffee candy is the perfect sweet treat to satisfy your cravings.”

Now that we have gathered all of our English toffee candy recipe ingredients, let’s begin making our delicious sweet treat.

Step 1: Preparing the Pan

First, we need to prepare a 13×9 inch baking pan by lightly greasing it with unsalted butter. This will prevent the toffee from sticking to the pan.

Step 2: Melting the Butter

Next, in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt 2 cups unsalted butter over low heat until it is completely melted.

Step 3: Adding Sugar and Water

Once the butter is melted, add 2 cups granulated sugar and 1 cup water to the saucepan. Continuously stir the mixture over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves completely.

Step 4: Adding Corn Syrup

Add 1/4 cup corn syrup to the mixture and stir it well. This will help prevent crystallization.

Step 5: Checking Temperature

Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir occasionally. Use a candy thermometer and continue boiling until it reaches the hard crack stage at 300°F (149°C).

Step 6: Adding Vanilla Extract and Baking Soda

Remove from heat and immediately add in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Be careful as this will cause the mixture to bubble up.

Step 7: Pouring Mixture into Prepared Pan

Quickly pour the toffee mixture into your prepared pan, making sure that it is evenly distributed.

Step 8: Adding Chopped Nuts (Optional)

Sprinkle with either walnuts or pecans, or a combination of both on top of the hot candy (if desired). Press gently so that they stick to the candy.

Step 9: Letting the Toffee Cool and Setting

Let the candy cool and harden at room temperature for about 2 hours. Once it is hardened, break it into pieces with a butter knife.

Step 10: Enjoying Your Homemade English Toffee!

Your homemade English toffee candy is now ready to be enjoyed! Serve it as a sweet treat or give it as a gift to friends and family. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Substitutions and Variations

“Experience the perfect blend of crunchy and chewy with every bite of our toffee candy.”

Hark! Whilst this classic English Toffee recipe is simply divine, there are a few variations that can be made to make it even more tantalizing to thy taste buds. Here are some ideas:

– Chocolate Covered: One can dip the toffee in melted chocolate and add a sprinkle of chopped nuts while the chocolate is still soft.

– Almond Toffee: Instead of using walnuts or pecans, switch to whole almonds for an extra nutty flavor.

– Caramel Toffee Bars: For a gooey twist, cut the toffee into bars and drizzle with homemade caramel sauce.

– Buttery Toffee: Substitute half of the granulated sugar for brown sugar for a richer, buttery flavor.

– Corn Syrup Substitute: If thou art opposed to corn syrup, try using Karo syrup instead, which doth work just as well.

Remember though, using substitutions may affect the result of your recipe. So keep experimenting until you find your own personal favorite!

Serving and Pairing

“This easy-to-make toffee candy will impress your friends and family with its delicious taste.”

Thou wilt find that this delectable English toffee candy will pair well with many flavours! Serve alongside a cup of freshly brewed tea, coffee, or even a glass of full-bodied red wine to delight thy guests. If thou art feeling adventurous, try serving this buttery toffee atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream – this sweet and savoury combination will undoubtedly leave thy taste buds dancing for joy!

For those who enjoy a little bit of indulgence, dip the toffee in melted milk chocolate or sprinkle chopped walnuts or pecans on top for extra crunch and flavour. The possibilities are endless – this classic English toffee recipe can be adapted to suit any taste preference.

One thing to keep in mind when serving this homemade toffee is that it is best served at room temperature. Cutting it into bite-sized pieces beforehand and plating it up on a decorative tray will create an elegant display that is sure to impress thy guests.

So go forth and experiment with serving and pairing options for thine delicious homemade English toffee candy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Take a break and enjoy a piece of our mouthwatering English toffee candy!”

Oh, the beauty of make-ahead recipes! They save us time and effort, leaving us with more leisure time to do what we love most. This English Toffee Candy recipe hails as a make-ahead treat, perfect for those who want to plan ahead or gift this sweet delicacy to their loved ones.

To make it ahead of time, simply follow the recipe as directed, pour the melted toffee onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and let it cool down completely. Once cool, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it at room temperature for up to two weeks.

If you are planning on serving the English Toffee Candy later or gifting it, be sure to place the wrapped candy in an airtight container or a decorative tin for storage. This will keep the candy fresh and prevent any exposure to moisture that may cause it to soften.

Reheating the English Toffee Candy is simple too. Unwrap the candy and break it into bite-sized pieces with your hands. Place them on a lined baking tray and heat them in a preheated oven at 275°F (135°C) for about five minutes, just until they become glossy and shiny again.

But remember not to overheat them or they will become soft and chewy instead of crispy and crunchy. And if you prefer softer caramel-like texture over crispy one, then store English Toffee Candy in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

With this recipe up your sleeves, you can impress your guests or clients with delightful homemade English Toffee Candy whenever you please!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Our toffee candy is a classic dessert that you’ll love to make and share with others.”

When making English toffee candy, there are a few tips and tricks that can help ensure perfect results every time. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when making this delicious treat:

1. Use a candy thermometer: English toffee requires precise temperatures for cooking to reach the hard crack stage. A candy thermometer ensures that the toffee reaches the correct temperature for optimal texture.

2. Watch the toffee carefully: The sugar-butter syrup can easily burn if left unattended, so it’s important to watch the toffee carefully and stir it constantly. Be sure to stop stirring right before adding baking soda or vanilla extract and pour quickly in prepared pan.

3. Use high-quality ingredients: High-quality butter and sugar will make a noticeable difference in the taste and texture of your English toffee candy. Choose unsalted butter with high fat content.

4. Toast the nuts: Roasting walnuts or pecans can add rich flavor and aroma to your English toffee candy recipe. Spread them on a baking sheet, place them at 350F preheated oven for 10 minutes until golden brown.

5. Brighten up with lemon juice: Tiny amount of lemon juice prevents your sugar mixture from crystallizing, be sure to only add this after removing your mixture from heat.

Follow these tips for perfect results when making English toffee candy, and you’ll be sure to impress your friends and family with this classic British treat!


Hark! Are you struggling with making the perfect batch of English Toffee Candy? Fret not, for I have assembled a list of frequently asked questions to help you in your time of need! From substitutions to temperature adjustments, read on to find the answers to some of the most commonly encountered conundrums when it comes to creating this classic British delight.

What is the difference between English toffee and regular toffee?

Toffee in America, commonly referred to as English Toffee, differs from traditional English toffee in that American toffee typically includes a variety of nuts, particularly almonds, while English toffee is nut-free.

What is English toffee made of?

English toffee commonly found in the United States is a sweet treat produced by cooking sugar and butter at low heat to form a crispy texture. After the mixture sets, it gets covered in nuts and chocolate.

How long does homemade English toffee last?

To ensure that your homemade toffee stays fresh and tasty, it’s important to store it properly. You can store it in an airtight container either at room temperature for a maximum of one week or in the fridge for a maximum of two weeks.

Why do you put baking soda in English toffee?

When making toffee, we can enhance its crunchiness by incorporating baking soda into the mixture. The chemical reaction caused by the combination of soda, sugar, and heat results in the formation of a multitude of tiny air pockets within the syrup. These air pockets are retained as the mixture cools down, ultimately producing toffee with a pleasantly light and crispy texture. It’s akin to the difference between a light, crunchy biscotti and a tougher, firmer one.

Bottom Line

As I bid you adieu, dear reader, I urge you to try out this classic English Toffee Candy recipe for the ultimate sweet and buttery indulgence. With my detailed instructions, tips and recommendations, you’ll easily recreate this timeless candy in your kitchen. The combination of crunchy toffee, nuts and silky milk chocolate is simply divine.

So next time you’re hosting a party or looking for a unique homemade gift, make sure to include this signature candy, which will undoubtedly leave everyone drooling for more. Don’t wait any longer – gather your ingredients and get cooking. Happy munching!

English Toffee Candy

English Toffee Candy Recipe

Everyone loves it!!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword < 60 Mins, Candy, Christmas, Dessert, European, For Large Groups, Stove Top
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Calories 318.8kcal


  • 1 lb butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 teaspoons water
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups crushed walnuts or 2 cups pecans


  • Heat Butter, Sugar and water in a 3 quart sauce-pan to a rolling boil.
  • When mix reaches 305 degrees pour onto a greased large cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle chocolate Chips over the candy.
  • As chocolate melts spread with a butter knife.
  • Spread nuts evenly over the pan, shaking lightly until all nuts stick.
  • Cool until hard.
  • Break into pieces.
  • Enjoy.


Serving: 58g | Calories: 318.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2.1g | Fat: 24.9g | Saturated Fat: 12.3g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 131.5mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 23.6g

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