Unleash Your Sweet Tooth With English Toffee Recipe

Welcome, my dear reader! Today, I am thrilled to share with you a recipe that is sure to make your taste buds dance with joy – the delectable English Toffee. This classic English treat has been a staple of British cuisine for centuries, and there is good reason why it has stood the test of time.

Invented in England, this candy made of sugar, butter and nuts (walnuts, almonds or pecans) is a favorite for both kids and adults alike. It delivers a sweet crunch that’s hard to resist. One bite and you’ll be transported to the streets of London in no time. And while America has its own version of toffee, the difference between English and American toffee is quite distinct. English toffee has a rich, buttery flavor that melts in your mouth whereas American toffee tends to be harder and crunchier.

But there’s more than just nostalgia associated with English Toffee. This homemade treat is perfect for those special occasions like Christmas or as an everyday indulgence when you need that little something extra. With this easy-to-follow recipe using ingredients commonly found at home, you too can make authentic English Toffee in no time!

So, get ready for some mouthwatering goodness and let’s start making some buttery homemade English Toffee!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

English Toffee
English Toffee

Folks, let me tell you why you’ll fall in love with this scrumptious English Toffee recipe I’m about to present. Imagine a candy that is crispy, buttery, and mouth-wateringly sweet, with crunchy nuts and velvety chocolate chips melting in your mouth as you savor every bite. Sounds like heaven on earth, doesn’t it?

Now, what if I told you that this delightful treat can be easily made at home with just a handful of ingredients including sugar, butter, and walnuts? It’s simple, quick, and affordable. Anyone with a sweet tooth and a bit of culinary ambition can whip up this candy made in Britain in no time.

One of the reasons why I’m sure you’ll love this recipe is because it is completely customizable and adaptable to your taste buds. You can add different types of nuts such as macadamia or pecans instead of walnuts. You can also make it vegan by substituting the butter with vegan butter or coconut oil. You are the chef; make it yours.

Another reason why this recipe is so special is that it is a classic English Toffee recipe that has been handed down through generations, perfected over time to become a crowd-pleaser. In America, we have our own version of toffee called American toffee, which is different from English toffee. The difference lies in the ingredients used: English toffee typically contains harder-to-find ingredients like golden syrup or Demerara sugar while American toffee usually relies on corn syrup. This recipe calls for corn syrup but still results in classic English toffee flavor profile.

But don’t just take my word for it; try it out yourself! This easy English toffee recipe is perfect for Christmas presents or as a dessert for your guests on any occasion. Plus, its shelf-life lasts up to two weeks when stored properly. What could be better than a homemade English toffee candy to share with your loved ones?

So, give it a go and let the rich aroma of the butter and sugar, the texture of the crunchy nuts, and the sweetness of chocolate take over your senses. You won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Golden, buttery English toffee ready to be broken into sweet pieces.
Golden, buttery English toffee ready to be broken into sweet pieces.

For this classic and easy English Toffee recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon of corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 10oz (284g) of chocolate baking chips or chopped chocolate
  • ¾ cup (90g) crushed walnuts or pecans (optional)

Note that using unsalted butter in this recipe is important to control the salt content. Using salted butter may result in a toffee that is too salty. You can also use macadamia nuts instead of walnuts or pecans for a different twist. The chocolate chips can be swapped for dark, milk or white chocolate depending on your preference. Make sure you have all the ingredients prepared before starting as the cooking process requires constant attention.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect balance of sweet and creamy flavors in every bite.
The perfect balance of sweet and creamy flavors in every bite.

Now, it’s showtime! Brace yourself and let’s get baking. In making our Easy English Toffee, we will use the classic candy making method which involves the use of a candy thermometer, but don’t fret, it’s not as complicated as you think.

We’ll start by greasing a baking sheet with some unsalted butter and sprinkle it with 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Then, we’ll proceed to prepare the toffee mixture by mixing 1 cup of unsalted butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Stir the mixture constantly until everything is melted and combined before adding in 2 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup. Clip on your candy thermometer onto the sides of the pan and ensure that it doesn’t touch the bottom.

On medium-high heat, stir this mixture gradually until it boils, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Continue stirring until your candy thermometer reaches 300°F (hard crack stage). Turn off the heat immediately.

Don’t rush into adding or mixing anything in this hot mixture just yet. Still using caution since temperatures are very hot at this stage. Add in 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into your toffee mixture and quickly stir until it’s fully incorporated – this creates a foamy texture.

Carefully pour the hot toffee onto the prepared baking sheet with nuts making sure it spreads evenly. Then, wait for about 2-3 minutes for it to harden a bit before sprinkling 1 cup of chocolate chips on top – they will melt with the hot temperature of the toffee; so be patient – then spreading them evenly.

To make your easy English Toffee extra special, you can also choose to sprinkle chopped nuts or add flavors like vanilla extract or cinnamon powder on top. Place this in the fridge for the chocolate chips to harden before breaking them into bite-sized pieces.


  • Be extra patient when boiling the mixture until it reaches hard crack stage (300°F) since going beyond the suggested temperature can burn the toffee.
  • Make sure that your candy thermometer is clipped on properly on the side of the pan.
  • You can also use a spatula or wooden spoon for mixing the toffee but make sure that it has high heat resistance.
  • Leave some overhangs on your parchment paper to make it easier to remove your formed toffee from the baking sheet.

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to indulge in some deliciously crunchy toffee.
Get ready to indulge in some deliciously crunchy toffee.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Mark, what if I don’t have walnuts at home? Can I use other nuts instead?” Or maybe you’re more of a chocolate-covered-toffee kind of person and you’re wondering if you can swap out some of the sugar with cocoa powder. Fear not, my friends. I’m here to tell you that English toffee is a forgiving mistress and there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to suit your tastes.

Firstly, let’s talk about the nuts. While I do recommend using walnuts for that classic English toffee flavor, feel free to use any nut you like! Pecans or macadamia nuts work particularly well. If you’re feeling adventurous, try doing a mix of different nuts.

Now, about that chocolate-covered toffee idea. While it’s not exactly traditional, adding chocolate chips or drizzling melted chocolate over the toffee makes for a decadent treat. You could also add some shredded coconut on top for some texture.

If you’re looking for a vegan option, simply swap out the traditional butter for vegan butter or coconut oil. It’ll give your toffee a slightly different taste but it will still be just as delicious.

For something even fancier, try making soft toffees by adding some cream or milk instead of water when cooking the sugar mixture. This will give your candy a soft, chewy texture.

And lastly, if you want some extra variety in your candy tin, try experimenting with different flavorings like peppermint extract or almond extract.

In conclusion, don’t be afraid to get creative with your homemade English toffee! It’s a versatile candy that can be tweaked and customized in countless ways.

Serving and Pairing

 The crumbly texture of this toffee will melt in your mouth.
The crumbly texture of this toffee will melt in your mouth.

Now that you have successfully made the homemade English toffee, it’s time for the fun part – serving and pairing it with your favorite treats! One way to serve the toffee is breaking it into small pieces and putting them in a decorative bowl. Guests can then help themselves as a sweet after-dinner treat.

Another way to serve the English toffee is by adding nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, on top for extra crunch and texture. You can also pair it with chocolate by making chocolate-covered English toffee. Simply melt semisweet chocolate chips, dip the toffee in it, and let it set until firm. This will create a crunchy, nutty treat with a rich chocolate finish.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try pairing the English toffee with different cheeses, such as sharp cheddar or brie. The combination of sweet buttery toffee with a sharp or creamy cheese creates an irresistible flavor explosion that will leave you wanting more!

For something truly special, consider adding a scoop of ice cream on top of the English toffee. Vanilla or salted caramel ice cream work particularly well with this sweet treat.

Overall, there are many ways to serve and pair your homemade English toffee. Whether you’re looking for a simple snack or a decadent dessert, the possibilities are endless!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Share this English toffee with your loved ones and make their day sweeter.
Share this English toffee with your loved ones and make their day sweeter.

Now that you have mastered the art of making this delightful English toffee, you’ll want to know how to store it properly. This candy can last for several weeks if stored correctly, so be sure to follow these simple steps.

First things first, if you plan on making this toffee ahead of time, it’s best to wait and add the nuts and chocolate chips right before serving. This will keep the nuts fresh and the chocolate from melting.

To store this homemade English toffee, once it has completely cooled down, break it into small pieces or cut it into small squares and then place it in an airtight container. You can also wrap it in plastic wrap and store in a ziplock bag.

It’s important to store your English toffee in a cool, dry place away from moisture and heat. If the candy is exposed to heat or humidity, it can cause the sugar to soften, losing its crisp texture, and its overall quality.

If your English toffee becomes sticky because of humidity or changes in temperature, you can remedy this by placing it in the refrigerator for a short period of time. This will make the candy firmer, but be careful not to freeze it otherwise it will become difficult to eat.

When reheating the candy made with this recipe, I recommend using a double boiler or placing it in an oven at low temperature for about 5-10 minutes. Make sure that you stir occasionally while reheating. Avoid using a microwave as this method may harden the chocolate or butter too quickly.

With proper storage and reheating techniques, you don’t have to worry about wasting any of your hard work. Now all that’s left is enjoying your delicious homemade English toffee whenever you please!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A bite of this toffee takes your taste buds on a decadent journey.
A bite of this toffee takes your taste buds on a decadent journey.

If there is one thing that I can guarantee, it’s that making English Toffee can be a bit tricky. As much as this recipe is an easy one to make, like any candy made with sugar and butter, you need to be patient and follow the instructions closely to turn out a perfect batch of English Toffee.

To ensure that you get the best results every time, here are some helpful tips:

1. Use a candy thermometer: Invest in a good-quality candy thermometer and check it for accuracy before you start cooking. This ensures that you cook the toffee mixture to exactly the right temperature.

2. Stir the mixture constantly: When cooking the toffee mixture, it’s important to stir it constantly with a wooden spoon. This helps to distribute the heat evenly throughout the mixture and prevents it from overheating or burning.

3. Add baking soda at the right time: Adding baking soda after removing the mixture from heat helps in adding air pockets which makes the toffee hard yet crunchy. Hence, make sure to remove it from heat and add baking soda immediately.

4. Don’t overcook: It’s essential not to overcook the sugar-butter-water mixture. If you take it too far beyond hard crack stage, your toffee will become brittle and difficult to bite into.

5. Use high-quality ingredients: The quality of your ingredients will have an impact on the final result of your English Toffee recipe. Using high-quality butter and sugar is ideal.

By following these tips carefully, you’ll be able to create perfect homemade English Toffee that has just the right balance of sweetness, texture, and crunchiness.


Now that you know how to make a classic English Toffee recipe at home, let’s go over some frequently asked questions that may come up while making the candy. With these tips, you’ll be sure to create an authentic and delicious homemade toffee every time. So sit back, grab a cup of tea or coffee, and let’s dive into these FAQ’s.

What is the difference between English toffee and regular toffee?

Toffee is a sweet treat that is loved and savored all over the world. However, there is a distinct difference between English and American toffee. The primary distinction is that classic English toffee is made without any nuts, whereas American toffee is typically prepared with a variety of nuts, with almonds being the most commonly used.

What is English toffee made of?

English toffee, as commonly known in the United States, is a type of sweet treat crafted by heating sugar and butter together until it hardens into a crisp texture. This delicacy is then covered with a layer of chocolate and crushed nuts for added taste and texture.

Why is my English toffee so hard?

Toffee with a high sugar concentration tends to have a harder texture. Recipes from the UK often use more butter, milk, cream, or condensed milk compared to the “English” toffee recipe in the US. The increased use of these ingredients contributes to a distinct difference in the taste and texture of the toffee.

Why do you put baking soda in English toffee?

One excellent way to enhance the crunchiness of your toffee is by incorporating baking soda into the mixture. Baking soda’s interaction with the sugar’s acidic properties and heat creates numerous tiny air pockets. When the syrup cools, these pockets remain trapped, giving the toffee a delicate crunch that is not overly hard. This results in a texture that is similar to American-style biscotti, which is light and has a subtle crunch to it.

Bottom Line

Well now, if I may say, it appears our adventure in preparing the classic English Toffee has come to a close. As we have seen, this recipe has been passed down through generations and is a true testament to the rich cultural heritage of British cuisine. With its crisp yet buttery texture and indulgent flavor, this candy is truly a delight for anyone with a sweet tooth.

But what makes this recipe such a standout compared to other toffee recipes out there? Well, it’s all about the ingredients and the process. By using just the right amount of sugar, butter and water, as well as adding in a pinch of salt and baking soda, you can create that classic crunchy texture that defines English toffee. Plus, mixing in some walnuts or chocolate chips adds just the right amount of contrast to make each bite an explosion of flavor.

So why not give it a go yourself? With this recipe on hand, you’re sure to have sweet success. And once you’ve mastered the basics, don’t be afraid to get creative with your own unique variations. From chocolate-covered almond to macadamia nut flavors or even vegan options, the possibilities are endless.

In closing, let me just say that no matter what time of year it is – whether it’s Christmas or summertime – nobody can resist a good piece of classic English Toffee. So go ahead and try your hand at making your very own homemade batch today – I think you’ll find that it’s easy, delicious, and oh so worth it!

English Toffee

English Toffee Recipe

This is a very easy recipe that I have been making since I was very young. Any type of chopped or grated chocolate can be used. I use dark or semi sweet.
Course Dessert
Cuisine English
Keyword < 30 Mins, Candy, Dessert, Easy, For Large Groups
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 64 pieces
Calories 78.4kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts


  • Spray 10 x 10 pan with Pam.
  • Sprinkle with 4 oz chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped nuts.
  • Cook sugar and butter to 305-310 degrees, using a candy thermometer.
  • Pour over nuts and chips and immediately sprinkle with remaining chocolate and nuts.
  • Allow to cool slightly and score into squares.
  • Refrigerate until chocolate is set and break up.


Serving: 13g | Calories: 78.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.9g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 6.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.7g | Cholesterol: 7.6mg | Sodium: 20.9mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 5.2g

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