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
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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 serving (1 ounce) equals 206 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 143 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g 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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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

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

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."

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."

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."

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!!!!!"

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