English Toffee

An easy candy favorite at Christmas time.

Ready In: 25 mins

Yields: 1 pound


  • 1  cup butter (only real butter can be used in this recipe)
  • 1  cup sugar
  • 14 cup water
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 3  semi-sweet chocolate baking squares or 12 cup chocolate chips
  • 1  cup  coarsely broken pecans


  1. In heavy saucepan, combine butter, sugar, water, and salt.
  2. Cook to hard-crack stage (300°F) stirring with a WOODEN SPOON constantly and watching carefully. Do not try a plastic spoon, it will melt into your delicious candy!
  3. Immediately pour into ungreased 13"x9" pan.
  4. Cool until hard.
  5. Melt chocolate over hot, but not boiling water.
  6. Spread over toffee; sprinkle with nuts, pressing them into chocolate.
  7. Let stand 2-3 hours or chill 30 minutes.
  8. Break into bite-size pieces.
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Most Helpful Review

Wonderful and easy. Reminds me a bunch of some toffee I had at Disneyland. I made this last night for a New Year's Eve party - it was a huge hit! A couple of tips I used: 1. Use a Silpat (silicone) pan liner and put it on a large baking sheet or jelly roll pan. It won't spill out if you've cooked it to 300F. 2. Keep that pan close to the stove. I had mine across the kitchen and by the time I walked over with my pot to pour out the toffee, it was a tiny bit burned - but not a problem. 3. Give it a few minutes to soft-set, then "score" it with a pizza cutter. If you do it too soon, it will just merge together again and you can run over your lines again. 4. After scoring, I spread the chocolate chips, like others, and let them warm this way then used an off-set spatula (greatest invention in the world in my opinion) to spread. After spreading chocolate, I topped with pecans, a bit more finely chopped - just a preference. 5. If you are in a hurry, which I was, stick your pan in the fridge to get the chocolate to set. **I like my toffee with chocolate on both sides 6. When chocolate has set flip the whole mass over and heat more chocolate chips in microwave, stiring every 30 seconds until melted. Then coat the bottom with chocolate and add the pecans again. When hardened, just put pressure on it in the center to break it up. **If you wanted to be super-particular, you could break the toffee up before putting any chocolate on it into perfect squares, or rectangles, dip them in melted chocolate and roll them in finely chopped pecans - that's how I had it at Disney. Thanks for posting this recipe. I love simple and wonderful things. See all activity

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