Quick and Easy English Toffee Recipe from Scratch

English Toffee Homemade Candy

Home Made Toffee
Home Made Toffee | Source

Homemade Candy Gift

When I was growing up, a neighbor would make a small box of a toffee as a gift for our family at Christmas and I always looked forward to that treat. I've tried out many recipes trying to duplicate it and this is the one that tastes the best. Better yet, it is super easy to make. My kids like to help me in getting the ingredients ready and stirring, but a parent needs to do the pouring out since the mixture is very hot.

This candy makes a wonderful gift and one recipe can be used for 3-4 small boxes or candy jar gifts. Now that we live in Texas, I usually use Pecans in this recipe, but when I lived in California, I would use walnuts or almonds. Any of those nuts taste wonderful and make a slightly different type of toffee. You can also make this toffee without the nuts either inside or out. That does make the toffee more brittle and less chewy.

Try this treat! If you have another version of toffee I'd love to hear about how you make it in the comments below!

Step by Step English Toffee

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Homemade English Toffee: Your candy is ready!  You can eat it, pack it as a gift or use it as a topping for brownies (see my Truffle Toffee Brownie Pie or Two Ingredient Cookies)Ingredients for Homemade Toffee: 1 cup Butter, 1 cup Sugar, 1 cup Chocolate chips.  Also get ready a buttered sheet of foil on a baking sheet.1 Cup Ground Nuts: To Prepare Pecans for homemade toffee: put in food processor and porcess for 20 seconds at a time.Finely Chopped nuts.Cooking Toffee: Put butter and sugar in saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring until butter melts.  Cook and stir until mixture reaches 270 degrees or hard ball stage. Remove from heat. Mix in 1/2 cup nuts.Pouring Toffee:Immediately pour on buttered foil and spread out until about 1/4 inch thick.  Next sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips on top.  They will melt. Spread with knife.  Sprinkle other 1/2 cup pecans on top.Cutting EnglishToffee: Take a knife and cut squares.  Then you can let the candy harden at room temperature, or place in freezer for 5 minutes or so until chocolate is firm.
Homemade English Toffee: Your candy is ready!  You can eat it, pack it as a gift or use it as a topping for brownies (see my Truffle Toffee Brownie Pie or Two Ingredient Cookies)
Homemade English Toffee: Your candy is ready! You can eat it, pack it as a gift or use it as a topping for brownies (see my Truffle Toffee Brownie Pie or Two Ingredient Cookies) | Source
Ingredients for Homemade Toffee: 1 cup Butter, 1 cup Sugar, 1 cup Chocolate chips.  Also get ready a buttered sheet of foil on a baking sheet.
Ingredients for Homemade Toffee: 1 cup Butter, 1 cup Sugar, 1 cup Chocolate chips. Also get ready a buttered sheet of foil on a baking sheet. | Source
1 Cup Ground Nuts: To Prepare Pecans for homemade toffee: put in food processor and porcess for 20 seconds at a time.
1 Cup Ground Nuts: To Prepare Pecans for homemade toffee: put in food processor and porcess for 20 seconds at a time. | Source
Finely Chopped nuts.
Finely Chopped nuts. | Source
Cooking Toffee: Put butter and sugar in saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring until butter melts.  Cook and stir until mixture reaches 270 degrees or hard ball stage. Remove from heat. Mix in 1/2 cup nuts.
Cooking Toffee: Put butter and sugar in saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Cook and stir until mixture reaches 270 degrees or hard ball stage. Remove from heat. Mix in 1/2 cup nuts. | Source
Pouring Toffee:Immediately pour on buttered foil and spread out until about 1/4 inch thick.  Next sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips on top.  They will melt. Spread with knife.  Sprinkle other 1/2 cup pecans on top.
Pouring Toffee:Immediately pour on buttered foil and spread out until about 1/4 inch thick. Next sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips on top. They will melt. Spread with knife. Sprinkle other 1/2 cup pecans on top. | Source
Cutting EnglishToffee: Take a knife and cut squares.  Then you can let the candy harden at room temperature, or place in freezer for 5 minutes or so until chocolate is firm.
Cutting EnglishToffee: Take a knife and cut squares. Then you can let the candy harden at room temperature, or place in freezer for 5 minutes or so until chocolate is firm. | Source

Home Made Toffee

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Cook Time for English Toffee

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: About 80 1 x 1 inch pieces

Ingredients for English Toffee

  • 1 cup butter, (not margarine)
  • 1 cup sugar, white
  • 12 oz. package chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, can also use walnuts or almonds

Instructions for English Toffee

  1. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and butter it.
  2. Put butter and sugar into a saucepan. Melt and then cook over a low heat, stirring and watching until it reaches a hard ball stage (about 270 degrees on candy thermometer). Watch carefully so it does not burn.
  3. As soon as candy reaches 270 degrees or hard ball stage when dropped into ice water, take an off the heat (be sure to put on heat safe surface).
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup of pecans (or other nuts).
  5. Pour the mixture onto the foil and spread it out with a spatula until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the toffee. They will melt. Spread them over the candy surface with a knife.
  7. Sprinkle on the reaining 1/2 cup nuts. Use a knife to cut the candy into small squares.
  8. After the candy is cool, if the chocolate is not set you can put in the freezer for a few minutes. Or you can put the candy in the freezer right for about 5 minutes to set. When cool, break candy into pieces.

Soft Ball Test for English Toffee

Don't have a candy thermometer? Even when I do use one, I usually also do the old fashioned method of testing whether the candy is done using a drop of it in cold water. It does help to have a candy thermometer to make sure you don't burn this mixture, but if you don't, here is how to tell if you have the right temperature:

  • Get a small bowl of ice water.
  • Drop your mixture into the bowl.
  • Take it out with your fingers.
  • At first it will just dissolve, then it will start to form a soft ball.
  • When it just starts to form a ball that is a bit firm, the mixture is ready (270 degrees).

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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks so much carter06. I love allrecipes.com but HubPages lets you put in so many more pictures. I love to use it with my iPad while I'm cooking!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Great & yummy toffee recipe - can't wait to try this as I love Pecans - your recipes are so clear and easy to follow- great work as always Virginia - voted up & awesome thanks for sharing - cheers


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

You are so right! I have to be careful when I make these--I could eat the whole batch!


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Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

These treats all look so yummy I am someone who loves my sweet treats yum yum! take care pam.

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