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How to make Toffee Brittle

Updated on April 16, 2013

Toffee Brittle is one of the most easy and fun candies to make and is perfect for party food, Christmas, Easter and any day worth celebrating. It can even be a good gift idea.

This candy was once a common sight in sweet shops at the turn of the century and no sweet shop was complete without it. This is obviously not the case anymore, being outcompeted by vast amounts of complex and unnatural candies and only available in some stores, but at least we can recreate this simple delight in our own homes.

Toffee Brittle can be eaten plain or with added nuts, including Almonds, Brazil nuts, Peanuts (to make peanut toffee brittle), with added Dried fruit, or both! Toffee Brittle can also be covered in chocolate if you’re a chocolate lover.

I will now outline the fun recipe with the ingredients needed to make toffee brittle.



  1. Combine all ingredients, Sugar, Butter, White Vinegar and Water into a heavy bottomed saucepan.
  2. Place over a low heat and mix until the sugar and all ingredients are dissolved.
  3. Turn up the heat and cook without mixing too much. The mixture will bubble a lot and look slightly frothy.
  4. At this point you will need to pay close attention to the mixture as it will begin to turn a darker, Toffee, colour. When this happens, drop a drops of the hot mixture into ice water and check if it turns firm and if it is to your desired colour and taste.
  5. At this point, if you like, you can add Peanuts, Brazil nuts or any nuts you want to the mixture. You can also add some dried fruit on their own or with the nuts.
  6. Quickly pour the Toffee mixture into a 9 inch/23 cm well buttered tin or something similar.
  7. Let cool until fully hardened, and transfer the Brittle toffee onto a flat surface to break into pieces. If you want to be original, use a Toffee Hammer to break the toffee, or if not available, use the handle of a knife.

Notes: The longer you leave to cook the darker the colour of the Toffee and the stronger the taste. If you cook for too long it will have a Treacle taste.

Plain Toffee Brittle

Toffee Brittle with Brazil Nuts

Chocolate Covered Toffee Brittle

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy this easy peasy recipe!


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      gepeTooRs 2 years ago

      Japanese Gardens Ð Although the gardens are technically in Fort Worth, Texas, it

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      shea 2 years ago

      What if I leave out the vinegar???????

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Wow! This sounds easy to make. I would love to try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Iontach 5 years ago

      Hi Christina, no problem at all! I really hope it works well for you. Make sure to store it in a dry place as it tends to get sticky over a few days. Comment again to let me know how it works out! Cheers

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      Christina-SA 5 years ago

      Hi, I LOVE this recipe! At this time here in South Africa everything has gone up in price and my teenage kids love their sweets so I was looking for a simple, economical recipe where I could make something nice for them and found this! Thanks, at least now I don't have to break my budget in keeping my kids satisfied!!!

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      Futamarka 5 years ago

      В любом, бизнесе заботают и тот, и другой тип личности. Каждый из этих типов личностей имеет свои достоинства и недостатки. Достоинства каждого типа необходимо использовать на 100 %, и недостатки этих двух подходов тоже постепенно нужно превращать в достоинства.

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      Bianca Jackson 7 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe! I'm gonna make my family a bunch when I get home from Las Vegas, though I think we should all have our yearly dentistry check-up first before eating those. I don't wanna risk losing my teeth while eating your Toffee Brittle hahaha.

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      Iontach 7 years ago

      Matt! Don't mention that bad word 'fattening' on this is very fattening and nobody is going to be interested i even customised my menu for that extra wow factor! Did you think krikey? I bet you did ya lill Aussie. haha

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      Right On Time 7 years ago from Australia

      This looks fattening Dave!! Just had a midnite 'snack'...(i.e. bowl of icecream)so prob should swerve the sweets. Aww and your customised menus! :)

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      Iontach 7 years ago

      No prob RedElf! Thank you for your comment :) Hope you try it! Tis super easy.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      too cool, Dave - love toffee brittle. Thanks for the great recipe.

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      Iontach 7 years ago

      Well... I say eating in moderation is fine! :P

      If you ate this non stop it probably would ruin that fabulous waistline, but one thing I do is I eat a few little pieces and then give the rest away as little gifts. :)

      Plus the toffee literally lasts forever when left in a dry area so you can keep it for long.

      Thanks for your comment :)


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      parduc 7 years ago from Kos island, Greece

      Certainly looks like something to ruin our waistline:) Nicely done, again. Looking forward for more, of course!

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      Iontach 7 years ago

      Thanks Calgarz! Ye I personally prefer it without nuts. Nice and plain all the way. lol.

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      Calgarz 7 years ago

      Wow. This is nice. I'll try to make a plain one first, without the nuts. Thanks!

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      Isaac Kisoi 7 years ago from Nairobi

      Cheers men, i have discovered a thing i never knew!

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      Iontach 7 years ago

      Hay Emily!

      Apparently the vinegar gives the toffee a sharper taste and makes the toffee less brittle.

      If you don't want the vinegar in it you don't have to put it in, but TRUST ME you can't taste any vinegar in the finished toffee, I think it evaporates off.

      Oh I hope you try it out! :) Make sure to use a buttered tin to pour the toffee into so it wont get stuck.



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      Emily40 7 years ago

      This is delicious, only thing i don't like no kind of vinegar can you make it without the vinegar or its a must? I want to try it.

      Thank you for sharing.



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      Midasfx 7 years ago

      I really want to, but I'm a terrible pastry chef. Last time I tried to make dessert I ended up making charcoal brownies ^_^

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      Iontach 7 years ago

      Woohoo first comment!

      Hay Midasfx! Thanks for your comment. Don't think about trying this out, DO try this out. :)

      It's so simple and the outcome is amazing.

      Best of luck.

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      Midasfx 7 years ago

      This looks very good, I think I might have to try this out!


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