English Toffee Recipe
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English Toffee Recipe

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Each Christmas I make several pounds of candy and cookies for friends, neighbors and business associates. This tasty toffee is covered in chocolate and sprinkled with nuts...and it won't stick to your teeth! -Don McVay, Wilsonville, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 cups butter, softened, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce-weight: 206 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Grease a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, melt the remaining butter. Add the sugar, corn syrup and salt; cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 295° (hard-crack stage). Quickly pour into prepared pan. Let stand at room temperature until cool, about 1 hour.
  2. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips;stir until smooth. Spread over toffee. Sprinkle with pecans. Let stand for 1 hour Break into bite-size pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Yield: about 2 pounds.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as English Toffee in Taste of Home December/January 2003, p41

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crappie1 User ID: 2451503 258041
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2016

"Best toffee ever! I've made this since the issue came out years back and it's everyone's favorite. I have found out that you can't cheap out on ingredients. Use good butter and chocolate... Never margerine!"

Cjordan1946 User ID: 8957446 255691
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

"Worst recipe ever! The cooked sugar separated with the butter. Hard rock toffee on the bottom with gooey cold butter on top. I was so dissapointed!"

forcoco User ID: 4364627 246406
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"this is a holiday favorite at home and in the office."

[email protected] User ID: 2044675 245921
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"This turned out great. I have had some of the trouble others have mentioned, but I have found that if I stick to the "low and slow" method (lower heat, longer time) works better for me. I use my thermometer and cold water test."

bunkeee User ID: 7630720 240016
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"I followed this recipe exactly. I put the melted chocolate chips on after the toffee cooled as recommended. When I went to break the candy into pieces, a lot of the chocolate just fell off! (In big hunks). I would suggest breaking it into pieces first---then put the chocolate on after and let it cool. I did redo some of the pieces that this happened to and it worked much better the revised way."

princssdominique User ID: 8169686 215320
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"This is one of my favorite and easy to make candy recipes. I make it EVERY holiday season. If I don't get around to it soon enough my kids beg me for it."

neighmey User ID: 8169200 215309
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"It turned out wonderful!! been making fudge for years, I always used the cold water method for checking what stage I was at. For you beginners, get a class of cold water, drop a bit of the mix in it, if it turns into a ball at bottom of glass, it is hard ball stage. a trick my granny taught me years ago. first time making candy, and did buy a candy thermometer, but still checked the old way!!! went to 300 and made hard ball at bottom of glass!! anyway, taste delious, will make more often!! thank you for recipe!!!!!"

karli1013 User ID: 6782678 38079
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"It was really good! I made it on our electric stove with no problems, and I'm not an expert at making candy! I was even asked for the recipe."

GPChuck User ID: 7554132 54222
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"Gotta try this recipe.. Except, I've gotta a recipe that only uses 3 ingredients, plus nuts and chocolate of your choice.

We decided to share with others this year>>"

StaceyRI User ID: 2654630 54217
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"I have been making this for years! I cut the recipe out of a Taste of Home Magazine years ago. If you follow the directions, it is foolproof. People will think you are a master candy maker!"

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