Easy Toffee Recipe (+ Video) | Little Luna
This easy toffee recipe is the perfect homemade treat. Paired with sweet and creamy toffee, creamy chocolate and crunchy pecans, it’s perfect for holidays and gifting!
If you love this classic toffee, you’ll want to try the Pretzel Toffee and Christmas Crack (AKA Saltine Cracker Toffee)! They are both great candy recipes to hand out over the holidays.
What is toffee?
Toffee is a hard candy usually made by boiling sugar and butter together. It is usually served with chocolate and is known as English toffee. This is a popular holiday recipe and one we love to gift!
Have you ever made homemade toffee? I always like to make a big batch for the holidays (we even have a pretzel toffee we love to make too!) and it’s perfect for entertaining, wrapping gifts or giving to neighbors and friends. No one can resist a sweet, smooth and crunchy piece of toffee.
This toffee recipe is actually pretty easy. There are only a few ingredients and it’s super easy. However, you need to be careful as the toffee mixture gets very hot.
How to Make Toffee
boil. First, melt together butter, sugar, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Once everything is melted together, bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Boil the mixture for 10-15 minutes until it reaches 290°F on a candy thermometer – this is the “hard crack” stage. It will be amber.
fall. Then immediately pour the mixture onto a lined 12-by-17-inch cookie sheet. It’s important to place the cookie sheets on a wire cooling rack first, otherwise the heat will transfer to your countertop and possibly depending on what your countertop is made of.
chocolate. Wait about 1-2 minutes, then sprinkle chocolate chips on top. The chocolate will begin to melt, then smooth it out with a knife or spatula. I like to use the kind of flat knife I use for cake frosting. Then sprinkle the top with chopped pecans.
When it’s fully hardened, you can cut/break it and you’re ready to go.
Tips for Making Toffee
Like I mentioned, homemade toffee is easy to make, but here are some tips we wanted to share to make the process easier. 😉
- butter: Make sure to use real butter – margarine will not work for this recipe.
- Pan: se A large and heavy bottom pan. If the bottom of your pan is too thin, the toffee will burn.
- thermometer: I recommend using a candy thermometer to guess when the toffee is cooked. If you don’t have it, it will boil for 10-15 minutes after everything is melted together and turn an amber/caramel color.
- chocolate: Feel free to use milk, semisweet or dark chocolate on top.
How to Store Toffee+ Variants
We know you’re unlikely to have leftovers from this delicious toffee, but just in case, shop Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 7-10 days.you can take your time freeze Store toffee in a freezer-safe bag or plate for up to 1 month.
If you want to change it, you can toss the chopped pecans and do any of the following:
- chopped almonds
- Chopped sugar cane pieces
- holiday sprinkles
I love making this toffee recipe for the holidays. It’s sweet, buttery and totally addictive. You can wrap it in a festive cellophane bag as a gift, or enjoy it yourself. Either way – it’s the perfect homemade candy to add to your baking repertoire.
For more homemade candy recipes, try:
Prep time 20 minutes
hardened for 2 hours
Total time 2 hours 20 minutes
Serving Size 12
Calories 584 kcal
by Lil’ Luna
- 2 cups salted butter
- 2 cups white sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Place pans on wire cooling racks.
Add butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt to a large, thick saucepan.
Clip a candy thermometer to the pan.
Melt everything together over medium heat until smooth.
Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. Continue stirring the mixture until it reaches the 290F or “hard crack” stage. This will take about 10-15 minutes and the mixture will be amber/caramel colored.
Immediately pour the mixture into the lined jelly roll pan.
Let stand for 1-2 minutes, then sprinkle chocolate chips on top. After another minute, smooth out the chocolate and sprinkle chopped pecans on top.
Harden at room temperature for 2 hours, then cut into small pieces with a thick, sharp knife.