Are you stuck needing a last minute gift or treat idea? Or maybe you’re like me, this holiday season went WAY too fast so you’re wanting to squeeze in a few more festive and yummy treats. Whatever the reasoning, this recipe surely won’t disappoint!
The first thing you want to do is prep a large surface area. I laid out two large pieces of wax paper on my counter top, overlapping them several inches. You can lay the wax paper on a cookie sheet if that works better for you.
Next you add the butter, sugars and salt into a pot and let it boil. Don’t forget to stir it…a lot. Once it reaches 290 degrees, it’s done! I have a gas stove that likes to burn my hands it’s so hot. It didn’t take very long for my toffee to be done. Maybe 7 minutes or so.
Once it reaches 290 degrees you will notice your toffee will start to turn…well the color of toffee! A nice, dark nutty brown. Now before you do anything else, add a little bit of vanilla. You will be glad you did! Then you can pour the toffee out onto the wax paper. I slowly move the pan from right to left while pouring trying to spread the toffee out as evenly as possible. You want to keep it about 1/4 inch thick. Be careful as you pour, this stuff is HOT!
Next sprinkle your chocolate chips evenly over the hot toffee. Wait a few minutes for them to melt, then spread out the chocolate evenly. If you’re using nuts, sprinkle them on too! This recipe is SO customizable. You can use a lot of chocolate or none at all. You can use white chocolate and sprinkle it with almonds (my personal favorite), or dark chocolate and pecans! The sky is the limit!
The next part is my favorite. I feel like a professional candy maker. Once the toffee is cooled and the chocolate hardened, you can break the toffee into chunks. Yup, it sounds as easy as it is. Pick up the toffee and drop it. Now don’t go crazy dropping it for any sort of height, a few inches will do. It will break apart into perfectly delicious pieces!
Let me know if you try this recipe! I think you will love it. One other thing I forgot to add. This recipe doesn’t make a ton of toffee. Just enough for a small family to enjoy. If you’re wanting to make more, the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. I try to make only enough for us to eat in a day or two. It can be rather addictive!
Easy English Toffee
- 1 cup Butter
- 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 cup Toasted Almonds optional
- Prep counter top or sheet pan with wax paper.
- Combine butter, both sugars and salt in a saucepan.
- Stirring constantly, let mixture come to a steady boil. Continue to cook until it reaches 290 degrees and turns a nutty brown color.
- Take mixture off heat and add vanilla.
- Pour toffee onto your wax papered surface area moving pan back and forth while pouring to form rectangular shape. The toffee should be approximately 1/4 inch thick.
- Cover hot toffee evenly with chocolate chips.
- After a few minutes, use a spatula to spread melted chocolate chips evenly over toffee. If using almonds, sprinkle them over chocolate.
- Once toffee is cooled and chocolate has hardened, break toffee into pieces.
- Store in airtight container and enjoy!