English Toffee

Brian’s English Toffee

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
My favorite confection. I have made small changes over the years to create an equal balance of toffee to chocolate, which means a 1-to-1 ratio here. It's a very simple recipe and easy to make, but take your time I usually put "Almond Dust" on top which I make by tossing 1 cup of toasted almonds into the food processor and pulsing to desired "chunkiness".
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, English
Servings 40 pieces
Calories 230 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups butter unsalted
  • 2 tbsp corn syrup Helps the sugar from crystalizing when cooking
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 23 oz chocolate I use Milk Chocolate Chips melted in the microwave
  • 1 cup pecans chopped, crushed, slivered, or made into "dust"
  • 1 cup almonds toasted then crushed, chopped, slivered, of made to "dust" in food processor


  • In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt.
  • Cover and bring to a boil on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes, or until you see the steam condense and run down the sides of the saucepan for a couple of minutes. This helps to prevent the sugar from recrystallizing .
  • Uncover and cook to the hard-crack stage (300°F) stirring with a wooden/bamboo spoon periodically and watching carefully. Plastic and silicone spoons don't play well here, they melt.
  • Immediately pour into ungreased 13"x9" pan. (I use a 24' x 30' silicone mat and let gravity spread it out.)
  • Cool until hard.
  • Melt chocolate over hot, but not boiling water. (or in the microwave in 15-second bursts, stirring in between)
  • Spread over toffee; sprinkle with nuts, pressing them into chocolate.
  • Let stand 2-3 hours or chill 30 minutes.
  • Break into bite-size pieces.


You can substitute any favorite nut or chocolate in this recipe


Serving: 1pieceCalories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 97mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 220IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chocolate, Gluten Free
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