How to Make Toffee (and Merry Christmas!)

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  1. NanaBread (Jeanne) December 25, 2010, 5:09 pm

    When did you sneak into my kitchen and take photos? I swear I just made toffee last week, and it looked exactly like yours! And it was delicious, too. Our ingredient list is a little different, but the outcome is identical. Toffee is a family holiday tradition at our house. It’s amazing how easy it is to make, and how well it turns out. Everyone should try this! Thanks for sharing your version. Merry Christmas! I hope your first in your new home was very special. -Jeanne

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef December 27, 2010, 10:38 pm

      Haha, Jeanne! I’d be interested to know what’s included in your ingredient list. Thank you, we had a wonderful Christmas in our new place. Take care!

      1. Audra April 3, 2012, 7:44 pm

        Have you ever added almond extract to your toffee? I’m very interested to know if it adds anything to the candy…or takes away from the taste. How about the salt I keep seeing on chocolate in recipes; ever tried it on top of the toffee?

      2. Gizmo April 12, 2013, 8:12 am

        My mother left me her recipes when she passed. She was a baker and candy maker for 58 years and had her own little business that always did well. The difference in her recipe is pecans – and once the finished product is done, she calls for a very light dusting of powdered sugar. IT IS ABSOLUTELY SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIELADOSIOUSLY GOOOOD! :o) I’ve been making candy for 27 years and I love watching people’s smiles when they taste what I’ve made. Be safe and God Bless all!

  2. NanaBread (Jeanne) January 1, 2011, 9:31 pm

    Here’s my ingredient list:

    2 cups butter
    2 cups sugar
    1 cup almond slivers
    1/2 cup water
    2 Tbsp. light Karo syrup
    pkg. of semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1/2 cup toasted almond slices

    In my version, you bring the butter & sugar to a boil; boil for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Then add almond slivers, then water, then corn syrup (in that order) & stir constantly to 310F on a candy thermometer. Pour immediately into a sheet pan and spread to about 1/4″ thick. Allow to cool for 4-5 minutes, then sprinkle on the chips. Let them sit a few minutes to soften, then spread them until smooth & top with toasted almond slivers.

    The big difference is the water, Karo syrup, and the final temperature. Other than that, it comes out looking exactly like yours. I’ll try your recipe if you’ll try mine, then we can compare notes. I’ll need a little time, though. I just ate the end of the batch I made for Christmas. Maybe we can hold a toffee-off for Valentine’s Day?

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef January 1, 2011, 10:27 pm

      Jeanne, you have yourself a Valentine’s toffee-off date! Love the idea. I too am a bit sweetened-out after the recent holidays, but I look forward to trying your recipe in February. I am very intrigued by adding the almonds into the actual toffee mix too. Yay! :)

  3. NanaBread January 2, 2011, 1:48 pm

    Done! This February, we shall have a toffee off. I’m putting it on my calendar today! This is going to be fun.

  4. Frankie January 4, 2011, 11:51 am

    Oh yum! I’m completely obsessed with toffee. Knowing how to make it will not be helping my diet. :P

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef January 4, 2011, 10:11 pm

      Been there! I hope I have provided you with a recipe worth breaking your diet, Frankie! :)

  5. Lauren February 21, 2011, 9:17 pm

    help ! I just tried to make this ,but the butter separated from the sugar and I could not get the butter to incorporate despite continuing to stir. How much should this mixture be stirred,and what is the texture of the mix ? Thanks for any help you can impart here.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef February 21, 2011, 9:32 pm

      Oh no! Let’s see…had it yet reached 285 degrees and or being amber in color? If not, I would recommend just continuing to cook it until i does, stirring occasionally and at a slow boil. It can seem like this process takes a long time…Let me know if that helps. Good luck!

      1. hope April 24, 2012, 7:12 pm

        thanks lacey @—

  6. Lauren February 22, 2011, 10:49 am

    thanks for the speedy reply. I am going to try again , at some point , but will try a different ( taller )pot , and maybe a better candy thermometer. Your pictures are great, and do give a clue as to how the mixture should look. I neglected to mention that I used Baker’s sugar, which is finer in texture. Could that be part of the problem ?

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef February 22, 2011, 3:38 pm

      It is possible that, because the baker’s sugar has a finer grain than granulated sugar, you are actually using more than the recipe calls for. Next time, I’d definitely try the granulated sugar instead.

  7. Lauren February 22, 2011, 8:03 pm

    Once I recover from the fact that I dumped two cups of butter down the drain I will try again and hope I will be victorious!!!! thanks again for responding.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef February 22, 2011, 9:49 pm

      I can understand the heartbreak you must have suffered…I’m so sorry, Lauren. Once you get your nerve up again, I’d love to know how it goes!

  8. NanaBread (Jeanne) February 23, 2011, 9:28 am

    Lacey & Lauren,
    When I make toffee, the butter and sugar DO separate in the beginning. It’s not until it reaches a vigorous boil and a higher temperature that it starts to combine again. Just keep stirring constantly and hang in there!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef February 23, 2011, 1:16 pm

      Yes, very true … which is why I was wondering for how long Lauren had tried before she gave up. Thanks for the advice and help, Jeanne!

  9. Lauren February 23, 2011, 2:52 pm

    I stirred until the temp reached 285 F , and then kept stirring when I realized the butter had separated. I know sugar burns very easily,but maybe I gave up too soon…….:0 Toffee is my favorite candy, and while I do not aspire to be a professional candy maker, I will keep trying until I get this right.

  10. angela April 22, 2011, 8:18 am

    Hi can you tell me how to measure two cups using scales as i find using cups as a guide confusing and would rather use scales, thanks

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef April 23, 2011, 10:24 pm

      Hi Angela. I’m actually not very versed on converting cups to other types of measurement using a scale. I own a scale that I use for such things, which does tend to make things easier when I need to know how many ounces are in something. I just did a quick search on Google for conversion tables and found quite a few. I’d recommend checking them out to help you with your conversions. I hope that helps!

  11. Jenny October 4, 2011, 10:48 am

    So did the toffee date go ahead? :D I must know!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 11, 2011, 10:16 pm

      Ugh, Jenny. It never happened. Our calendars didn’t seem to cross paths for the toffee showdown.

  12. Angie October 18, 2011, 6:20 am

    First attempt: Made this once, and took it out too soon. Fortunately, I checked up your pictures and saw what ‘amber’ was supposed to look like, so I rushed back, reboiled, added a teeny bit more sugar and waited… too long. It came out slightly burnt, which is awful because it looks so good but it’s impossible to swallow. Better luck next time? :-/

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 20, 2011, 1:47 pm

      Ugh…I’m sorry it didn’t turn out for you on the first attempt. I hope attempt #2 goes better!

  13. Audra October 25, 2011, 7:52 pm

    Hi Lacey,
    Your recipe turned out beautifully for me!!
    How long will the toffee last in an air tight container? Put it in refrigerator? Any guidance is appreciated!!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 31, 2011, 10:17 am

      I’ve had the toffee last a good two weeks (if you don’t eat it all by then!) in an air-tight container and in the fridge. The fridge will keep it nice and fresh and crisp :)

  14. Mary October 28, 2011, 8:49 am

    I want to make a Banoffe Pie but all the recipes ask for 2 cans of condensed milk(to boil for a couple of hours) to make the toffee layer. I live in very south of Italy and nobody sells condensed milk. Do you have a recipe for creamy toffe by scratch? This one seams more like candy toffee(looks delicious!) PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 31, 2011, 10:36 am

      Hi Mary. I’m so sorry, but I don’t have a recipe for creamy toffee nor do I know how to make it. This one is definitely for hard toffee. I’d recommend searching for recipes on google or other recipe sharing sites. I wish I could help more. Good luck!

  15. claire November 7, 2011, 4:02 am

    wow!! it works! thanks alot,had loads of diff recipes of ppl n the toffee did not set,it was always runny but this works and tastes great! i added brazil nuts to mine though yummmmmmmmy! lol
    claire x

  16. sarah December 9, 2011, 2:21 am

    i keep coming back to this page to make this toffee but havent done so yet, i cant get kosher salt is there something else i can you use instead please, i so want to make this today :)

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef December 20, 2011, 3:18 pm

      You can substitute some table salt or sea salt in for the kosher salt. Just use half the amount for table salt. Good luck!

  17. Jen December 17, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I just made two batches of this with great success! Thank you so much for such an easy introduction to candy making. I made one batch with milk chocolate, and the other with bittersweet. I cannot wait to give it out next week at Christmas…which brings me to my question: what is the best way to store this for the week? is it ok just at room temp? your help would be appreciated. thank you!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef December 20, 2011, 2:57 pm

      Hi Jen! I’d recommend keeping it in the refrigerator, but room temperature isn’t horrible either. Enjoy!

  18. Krystal February 18, 2012, 11:07 am

    Does it usually take a while for it to turn amber? I feel like Ive been in the kitchen all morning.

  19. John March 6, 2012, 6:11 am

    hello mam, can you be precise about the two cups of butter how much is it in grams.

  20. Patty August 3, 2012, 12:16 am

    I just made this recipe. My toffee came out really greasy for some reason. When I poured it on a tray lined with parchment, it looked like it was swimming in clarified butter. Did I do something wrong?
    I ended up blotting it with a paper towel.

  21. Lorenz August 14, 2012, 3:25 am

    Hello Ma’am, I tried to do this amazing recipe but it ended up as a disaster (not to offend you) it was probably my fault because i may have done a mistep but as i was checking through other websites, they needed white vinegar and it made me thought if it became a disaster because i didnt include vinegar. Please Help !

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 15, 2012, 1:33 pm

      No worries! Sometimes recipes don’t work out. Did you follow my recipe instructions exactly? It’s very important to let the sugar and butter reach the appropriate temperature. And my recipe does not include vinegar. Good luck!

  22. Steven November 24, 2012, 6:46 pm

    Your toffee recipe was my first attempt at candy making, so let me say thank you for making it easy, fun, and tasty! In a holiday tin this will make a perfect gift for my neighbors and coworkers :-)

  23. brik December 15, 2012, 6:06 pm

    What if you don’t have parchment paper? I have wax paper will that work?

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef December 15, 2012, 9:53 pm

      Wax paper should work just fine. I usually prefer parchment paper, but I don’t see why you’d have any trouble.

  24. Dr.Yasien Sukar December 30, 2012, 2:33 am

    Dear Sir.
    I want to prouduse sepridaple liquid toffee to fell it in plastice cans and i want to bay batch cocker for this prouduct.
    can you help me in this project.

  25. Kathy Cicciarelli January 12, 2013, 11:22 pm

    I had a separation problem the first time I tried to make toffee. I figured out it was because I stirred too vigoursly too long and didn’t let the toffee get to the right temperature. I trashed it, but tried again and has great success. My question is, how long can you keep the toffee in the refrigerator in a sealed container. I’d like to give it as Valentine gifts, and it’s Jan 12th and I don’t want to have to make it again, if possible. Thanks.

  26. ella January 30, 2013, 8:13 pm

    Hey! i was just wondering how you would make this toffee without a candy thermometer? Do you do something different, or just wing it? Thanks !

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef February 2, 2013, 8:39 pm

      Hi Ella, as far as I know it’s pretty much winging it. You will want to watch for signs in the color and texture. Good luck!

  27. Nika May 13, 2013, 9:33 pm

    Im 10 years old, but that does not mean i dont cook!

    half cup butter
    half cup chocalite
    Half cup sugar
    14 cupcake liners

    i make melted chocalite foundation spread the caramal. on top i make a little ball place it in the middle and sprinkle it up with german rock sugar


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