English Toffee

English Toffee Candy I love English toffee, but never really thought about making any until now. Thinking of holiday gifts for friends and family, I had already decided on homemade hot coco mix and gluten free gingerbread cookies. The bags I picked up for the gifts, however, are a little large, so I knew I needed more goodies to put in the bags, or a ton of cookies. That's when I ran across some idea's on Christmas candy. Mind you I haven't made much Christmas candy since I was a wee young lass, so off I ran to the kitchen to give it a go. While attempting to cook the first batch of toffee, I was distracted by my five year old and it burned. Yep burnt toffee filling the kitchen with the sweet smell of caramel... sort of. So while the recipe is super easy and only takes  sugar, butter, water, salt, vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts, don't forget to keep stirring your toffee until it's ready to come off the stove. You will want to reach the hard candy stage while stirring your toffee. On a candy thermometer, that's around 300 degrees.  Take it out and place it in an 8x8 buttered pan. While it's still hot, sprinkle a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips on top and let them warm for a minute. Then spread the chocolate over the whole layer. We didn't want to wait too long for our English toffee, so into the freezer it went. Can I just say Yum! Yum! and Yum! This will last a month stored in a air tight container...who are they kidding? I doubt it will last a week around here. Wishing you and yours the all joys of the season!
English Toffee
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 cup white sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 Tbls of water
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of walnuts or pecans
  1. Butter an 8x8 inch pan
  2. Melt butter in pan on medium low heat
  3. Add sugar, salt, water and stir constantly
  4. Bring mixture to hard candy stage 300 degrees
  5. Remove from heat and add vanilla
  6. Pour into buttered pan.
  7. Press to edges of pan
  8. Sprinkle with chocolate chips
  9. After chocolate chips have melted a little spread over the whole toffee layer.
  10. Sprinkle with nuts if desired
  11. Let cool completely
  12. Break into pieces and store in airtight container


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