Sunday, December 19, 2010

English Toffee

One of the best things about being married has been establishing our own Christmas traditions together. We love to make this easy version for friends and family. After layering decorative tins with waxed paper, we fill them with pieces of our toffee and give them away as gifts. We are pleased to share our tradition with you!

The Easiest English Toffee

2 cups butter
2 cups white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped almonds/walnuts/other nuts, toasted

In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Allow to come to a boil, and cook until the mixture becomes a dark amber color, and the temperature has reached 285 degrees F (137 degrees C). Stir occasionally.

While the toffee is cooking, cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

As soon as the toffee reaches the proper temperature, pour it out onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the chocolate over the top, and let it set for a minute or two to soften. Spread the chocolate into a thin even layer once it is melted. Sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate, and press in slightly. Putting a plastic bag over your hand will minimize the mess.

Place the toffee in the refrigerator to chill until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container.


  1. Beautiful. I sure would be pleased to be a recipient of these treats. Merry Christmas.

  2. there anything butter and sugar can't solve:)

  3. I do like toffee, but I've never attempted making it myself. Yours looks great.

  4. I'm trying this tonight. Can't wait! :)


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