My husband’s aunt makes the BEST candy each Christmas- English toffee, peanut brittle, and homemade caramel are always abundant around this time of year. This year I am making lots of homemade candy to pass out too, and this English toffee is always tops on my favorite Christmas candy list!
Today I’m sharing my favorite English toffee recipe that tastes amazingly delicious and is so addicting! Everyone I’ve shared this easy English toffee recipe with absolutely loves it.
How to Make English Toffee
Homemade toffee is really quite easy to make, it just takes a little patience. I’ll walk you through the whole process.
You don’t HAVE to have a candy thermometer to make this recipe, but it definitely will help if you do have one.
There are other ways to test if your candy is cooked to the right point, but I always find the most accurate results when I use my candy thermometer.
English Toffee Ingredients
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- almonds or pecans, finely chopped
I used a mix of nuts for the nuts on top of my toffee, because I like the combination of flavors.
Any nuts will work, as long as they are finely chopped.
Steps to Making English Toffee
First the butter, sugar, and salt will all go in a large heavy saucepan. Candy making requires a nice heavy pot, so use the best quality pot you have.
You’ll cook over medium heat let the mixture to come to a steady boil, stirring constantly. It’s important that you keep stirring constantly for the English toffee to turn out.
I always use a candy thermometer because I like to know for sure when my toffee is done. With candy making, you can go from done to burnt very quickly, so you want to make sure you’re at the right temperature.
Next you’ll pour the mixture into a foil-lined baking sheet. Let it sit for a minute or two, and then sprinkle on the chocolate chips.
Let them melt on top, then spread the chocolate out with a knife.
Sprinkle on the nuts. Now comes the hardest part… waiting!
Let the English toffee candy cool and harden, and then break into pieces.
How do I know when the English toffee is done?
When the temperature reaches 290-295 degrees it is ready to remove from the heat.
How can I tell if the toffee is done without a candy thermometer?
- When the mixture turns a dark amber color it’s done.
- Drop a small bit of the mixture into ice cold water. If the drip turns hard and brittle, it is done.
Doesn’t this homemade Enligh toffee look amazing?! This decadent Christmas candy is rich and has a nice crunch to it.
The smooth chocolate top balances the crunchy, buttery toffee and the chopped nuts on top.
You can break up this English toffee in as big or as small of pieces as you like.
This English toffee candy ais a wonderful treat to share with others, especially during Christmas and the holidays.
If I share mine with someone, then they KNOW I love them because this homemade toffee recipe is one of my absolute all time favorites!
Other Favorite Holiday Treats-
These are my traditional go to favorite Christmas treats I make every single year without fail!
My mom made them every Christmas for us a child, then I learned to make them as a teenager, and now I’m passing on these same traditions to my children.
The BEST English Toffee Recipe
- 2 cups butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup almonds or pecans, finely chopped
- Combine the butter, sugar, and salt in a large heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat and allow the mixture to come to a steady boil, stirring constantly. When it turns a dark amber color or reaches 290 degrees with a candy thermometer, it is done. You can also drop a small bit of the mixture into ice cold water, and if the drop turns hard and brittle it is done.
- Carefully pour the mixture into a foil-lined baking sheet. Let harden for a minute or two, then sprinkle on the chocolate chips. Let them melt on top for a minute, then spread the chocolate evenly with a knife.
- Sprinkle on the chopped nuts and press down slightly on the nuts. Let the English tofee candy cool and harden, then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Originally posted in December 2014, updated in December 2018.
Jenna Wood says
We always make 7 layer bars and peppermint brownies- when I was younger my mother and I made brittle every year. This looks similar so I’ll have to give it a go! #client
Hi, I’m planning on making this, but I know I’m going to need multiple batches for the people I want to give it to. Can I freeze the toffee, so that I can make batches keep freezing and then package them when I’m ready?
Great question Courtney! I’ve never tried freezing it, but I’ve read that you can freeze toffee and store for a couple months if you wrap them well and place in an airtight container. I’ve never personally done it, but it sounds like it would work. If it works out well for you, please let me know so I can share it with other readers who might have the same question. 🙂 Good luck!
Thanks! I may try soon.