English Toffee Recipe

By | December 14, 2013

Super simple English Toffee #recipe with just 4 ingredients! It tastes just like a Heath bar and is perfect for holiday gift giving.

I love to give homemade gifts for Christmas!  They can be a great way to show you care without blowing your holiday budget.  This year I am making candy to give to teachers, bus drivers, scout leaders, and friends.  When I came across this English Toffee recipe in the book 365 Ways to Prepare for Christmas, I knew it would be just perfect for holiday gift giving this year.

I made a trial batch last week and it turned out wonderfully.  I think it tastes just like a Heath bar!  This recipe has just 4 ingredients that you probably already have on hand.  I recommend using a candy thermometer, but I couldn’t find mine as we still have some boxes to be unpacked from our move over the summer.  So you can make it without a candy thermometer, you just need a bowl of ice water nearby to test whether it has been cooked long enough (more on that later).  I found the candy thermometer before I made a second batch and it does make things a little bit easier.

Super simple English Toffee #recipe with just 4 ingredients! It tastes just like a Heath bar and is perfect for holiday gift giving.

 English Toffee Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter (the real stuff!)
  • 12 oz. bag of milk chocolate chips

In a food processor, pulse to coarsely chop the almonds.  Be careful not to run it too long or you will make almond butter!  Set aside.

Super simple English Toffee #recipe with just 4 ingredients! It tastes just like a Heath bar and is perfect for holiday gift giving.

Add the sugar and butter to a large saucepan.  Don’t melt the butter before you add the sugar, add them both at the same time.  Otherwise, it doesn’t completely combine correctly.  I made this mistake the first time I made the recipe.  Just add both to the pot at the same time and you will be fine.

Super simple English Toffee #recipe with just 4 ingredients! It tastes just like a Heath bar and is perfect for holiday gift giving.

Over medium heat, bring the butter and sugar to a boil.  Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches a golden brown color and it reaches 300 degrees on the candy thermometer  – the hard crack stage.  (If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can periodically drop a bit of the mixture into ice water.  If the bit you drop makes threads in the ice water that are brittle and hard, it is done.)

Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a buttered 9×13 inch baking dish.  Or alternately you can pour it into a jelly roll pan that is lined with a silicone baking mat.  That is what I did.  No need to grease it and the candy comes up easily when it is cooled.  Less mess and fuss that way!

Super simple English Toffee #recipe with just 4 ingredients! It tastes just like a Heath bar and is perfect for holiday gift giving.

Next, sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top.  The hot syrup will quickly melt the chocolate chips so you can spread it.

Super simple English Toffee #recipe with just 4 ingredients! It tastes just like a Heath bar and is perfect for holiday gift giving.

Sprinkle the chopped almonds evenly  over the melted chocolate.  Stick the pan in the refrigerator to harden for an hour or two.  After the candy has set, break into chunks and store in an airtight container in the fridge.  Enjoy!

Super simple English Toffee #recipe with just 4 ingredients! It tastes just like a Heath bar and is perfect for holiday gift giving.

If you make this English Toffee recipe, you will have to let me know how it turns out.  So tell me… Are you making any Christmas candy to give as gifts this holiday season?

 

6 thoughts on “English Toffee Recipe

  1. Carissa

    I haven’t had time to make Toffee in a long time but it’s one of my most favorite candies to make at the holidays! I’ll live through your photos till my kids aren’t so crazy busy eh? 🙂
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  2. Catherine

    Dear Jennifer, I’ve never made toffee before but this looks delicious…and fun to make for the holidays. Stopping by from Mix it Up Mon. Have a wonderful and joyous Christmas. Blessings, Catherine
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  3. Laura W

    Pretty fool proof and turned out pretty good. I think next time I will add just a touch of vanilla. I have never made toffee before, but I will make it again. So simple!

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  4. Laura W

    First time I have ever made toffee. This was quick and idiot proof with a candy thermometer. Made for 2 company Christmas parties and was asked for the recipe several times. I am making a second batch to send home with my kids for Christmas.

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    1. Jen

      I am glad you liked it Laura. This is one of our favorite Christmas recipes so I had to make a big batch of it this year as well.

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