Three-Chip English Toffee Recipe
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Three-Chip English Toffee Recipe

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With its melt-in-your-mouth texture and scrumptiously rich flavor, this is the ultimate toffee! Drizzled on top are three different kinds of melted chips, plus a sprinkling of walnuts. Packaged in colorful tins, these pretty pieces make great gifts. —Lana Petfield Richmond, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 2 cups butter, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white baking chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 397 calories, 30 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 197 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Butter a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 1/2 teaspoon butter. In a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, bring sugar and remaining butter to a boil, stirring constantly. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Uncover; add almonds. Cook and stir with a clean spoon until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage) and mixture is golden brown.
  3. Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape sides of saucepan). Surface will be buttery. Cool for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with milk chocolate chips. Let stand for 1-2 minutes; spread chocolate over the top. Sprinkle with walnuts; press down gently with the back of a spoon. Chill for 10 minutes.
  4. In a microwave, melt semisweet chips; stir until smooth. Drizzle over walnuts. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Melt vanilla chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over walnuts. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Break into pieces. Yield: about 2-1/2 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. If toffee separates during cooking, add 1/2 cup hot water and stir vigorously. Bring back up to 300° and proceed as recipe directs.
Originally published as Three-Chip English Toffee in Taste of Home June/July 2001, p25

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Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"I use sliced almonds instead of slivered (I think they look prettier in the finished product)

I have made it for years and sent to friends on Veterans Day - its a great gift for overseas friends"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"I found this recipe in a Taste of Home cookbook years ago and have made it every Christmas since for my family and often have make 2 batches they love it so much!"

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"I make this every year at Christmas for my husband. He loves it!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"I love this recipe. Make it every year with a few changes. I use pecans instead of walnuts. I pour it in my buttered cookie sheet and slightly tilt it so it evens out. After 7 minutes I score it with a cookie cutter and let cool. When cool I break the squares apart and dip in melted milk chocolate to completely cover the toffee. Tastes like the best toffee candy bar EVER! I can't make enough to keep up with all my friends requests for more!"

Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"My friend who is a baker visited me and I gave her a list of goodies to make for me for the freezer. This was one of them and it was my very favorite, I could not stop eating this and I will be very tempted to make it once it is gone. It is addicting."

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