Melt In Your Mouth Toffee

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Melt in Your Mouth Homemade Toffee — Irresistible, buttery, ADDICTIVE, and just melts in your mouth!! EASY and perfect for holiday parties, gift-giving, or cookie exchanges!!

pile of homemade toffee on a white plate

The Easiest Toffee Recipe

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love toffee, and this hard toffee is irresistible, addictive, and it melts in your mouth, hence the recipe title.

The homemade toffee is easy but with any kind of candy-making, being precise while you’re making it is essential to a successful result.

It’s perfect for the holiday season to give at cookie exchanges, as a hostess gift, or to set it out at parties you’re hosting. People won’t be able to keep their hands off of it.

It’s a gentle adaptation of an Allrecipes recipe and made with just a handful of ingredients that I got delivered directly to my door courtesy of AmazonFresh

homemade toffee ingredients by an Amazon fresh bag

Homemade Toffee Ingredients 

Ever wondered what’s in toffee? For this easy toffee recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • Sea salt (optional) 
  • Holiday sprinkles (optional)

What Type of Chocolate Is Best for Toffee? 

I prefer semi-sweet chocolate rather to milk chocolate, but use your favorite.

If your chocolate chips are resistant to melting — which can happen with some brands because of the stabilizers in them (or if you wait too long before adding them to the toffee) — place the baking sheet in a 300F oven for a couple of minutes until the chocolate chips can be spread smooth.

plate of hard toffee next to an Amazon Fresh bag

How to Make Toffee From Scratch

I’ve given very detailed instructions on how to make homemade toffee in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of the process: 

  1. Add the butter, sugars, and salt to a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat. 
  2. Boil the mixture until the ‘hard crack’ stage (290-300F). 
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract. 
  4. Pour mixture into a parchment paper-lined 9×13-inch baking dish. 
  5. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, then spread them smooth once melted. 
  6. Optionally sprinkle with chopped nuts, sea salt, sprinkles, etc. 
  7. Let cool until set, then break! 

overhead view of pile of toffee on a white plate

What Temperature Should Toffee Be Cooked To? 

At 290F, the homemade toffee is not as hard as it is at 300F when you’re officially in the ‘hard crack’ range of candy making. I prefer it more towards the 290F range but if you like some snappier toffee, then go to 300F.

Do I Have to Use a Candy Thermometer? 

Yes, you will need a candy thermometer. I prefer a clip-on digital style available on Amazon, but any kind will do.

I have other toffee recipes that don’t require a thermometer and if you’re looking for one of those — try this one or this one.

holiday sprinkled toffee piled high on a white plate

Recipe Variations to Try 

One reason why this truly is the BEST toffee recipe is because you can use it to make lots of different toffee flavors. 

I made four different versions of homemade toffee from one batch:

For parties it’s nice to be able to give the “I don’t like nuts” people something without nuts, the “I love salt with my chocolate” people (me!) some sea salt, and holiday sprinkles are a universal day-brightener.

overhead view of sliced homemade toffee. Different sections are sprinkled with walnuts, sprinkles, or sea salt.

How to Store Toffee 

Store the homemade hard toffee at cool room temperature. It will last for weeks! 

Can Toffee Be Frozen? 

Yes, but it’s best frozen plain (i.e. just the toffee and chocolate) without any toppings. Wrap the toffee tightly in plastic wrap before sealing in a zip-top bag. Definitely eat it within 6 months! 

Melt in Your Mouth Homemade Toffee — Irresistible, buttery, ADDICTIVE, and just melts in your mouth!! EASY and perfect for holiday parties, gift-giving, or cookie exchanges!!

Tips for Making the BEST Toffee

Don’t stir: After the butter, sugars, and salt have come to a boil, don’t stir. I know it’s tempting but displaced sugar molecules due to stirring can stick to the sides of the pan and cause graininess or crystallization in the finished toffee.

Cooking time: It’s best to let the mixture come up to the 290-300F range over medium-low heat so that the bottom doesn’t scorch. Don’t rush it, it’ll take about 20 to 25 minutes, maybe longer.

When to prepare: If it’s a humid day, i.e. snowing or raining especially, don’t make it and wait until it’s a dry day. Candy makers know that humidity and candy-making don’t mix and the toffee may not turn out properly.

Chocolate issues: Some people have asked about the chocolate lifting off the top after they cut or break the toffee. From time to time, this does happen to me as well. If I don’t add too thick of a layer of chocolate, that seems to help it keep better adhered but sometimes, for whatever reason, it does seem to separate in some pieces, which I don’t worry too much about.

Melt In Your Mouth Homemade Toffee - Irresistible, buttery, ADDICTIVE, and just melts in your mouth!! EASY and perfect for holiday parties, gift-giving, or cookie exchanges!!

Melt in Your Mouth Homemade Toffee — Irresistible, buttery, ADDICTIVE, and just melts in your mouth!! EASY and perfect for holiday parties, gift-giving, or cookie exchanges!!

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Melt In Your Mouth Toffee

By Averie Sunshine
Irresistible, buttery, ADDICTIVE, and just melts in your mouth!! EASY and perfect for holiday parties, gift-giving, or cookie exchanges!!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 48
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Ingredients  

  • 1 pound unsalted butter, 4 sticks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, I used semi-sweet, use milk chocolate if preferred
  • ½ to 1 + cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional and to taste
  • sea salt flakes, optional for sprinkling
  • holiday sprinkles, optional

Instructions 

  • Line a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  • If you have a clip-on candy thermometer, attach it to a heavy, high-sided saucepan. (If your thermometer doesn't clip, that's okay.)
  • Add the butter, sugars, salt, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils. After it boils, don't stir.
  • Boil mixture until the 'hard crack' stage, 290-300F, without stirring (stirring can cause the finished toffee to become grainy or crystallize). It will probably take 20-25-ish minutes to come up to temperature if you're cooking over a true medium-low. At 290-300F, remove the pan from the heat.
  • Cautiously stir in the vanilla (it will bubble up).
  • Pour mixture into the prepared pan and let it sit for about 5 minutes before evenly sprinkling the chocolate chips over the toffee. Tip - Add one chip and if it sinks into the toffee, wait another few minutes before adding the chips.
  • Cover the pan with foil for about 5 minutes, remove the foil, and spread the chocolate chips smooth with a spatula or off-set knife. Tip - If you chips have not melted (some brands are more resistant to others to melting and/or your toffee may have taken awhile to set up), put the pan in a 300F oven for a few minutes, or just until chips can be spread smooth.
  • Optionally sprinkle with nuts, sea salt, sprinkles, etc., to taste. For this batch, I used pecans with sea salt, sea salt, holiday sprinkles, and plain.
  • Let the toffee cool completely before in the fridge for about 30+ minutes, or until set. Break toffee apart with your hands or cut it with a sharp knife.

Notes

Storage: Toffee will keep airtight at cool room temp for many weeks.
Adapted from Allrecipes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 143kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 59mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Originally posted December 13, 2017 and reposted December 11, 2020 with updated text.

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  1. I tried making this toffee but it burnt even on low-medium. It took at least 20-25 minutes to reach temp with my clip on thermometer, I didn’t stir, I followed all of the directions except… I only had dark brown sugar, though… maybe that was my error? 😩  I might have to try again with light brown sugar!!! 😃 

    1. Yes the dark brown sugar was your issue is my guess. Reason being dark brown sugar has a higher molasses ratio, and molasses is prone to burning. So I am guessing, although I haven’t tried, that if one does make toffee with dark brown sugar, you may not need to boil it as long because if you do, it may burn..then again, if you don’t boil it to a certain stage, it may not set up either.

      Bottom line, use light brown, and triple check your thermometer. Make sure water is boiling at exactly 212F with it.