Toffee pieces

Toffee Recipe

A great classic Toffee Recipe! 
Be sure to check out the recipe VIDEO at the bottom of the post!
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Keyword candy, christmas candy, old fashioned candy, toffee
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 40 pieces
Calories 95kcal
Author Sam Merritt



  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds*
  • 1 cup (2 sticks ) unsalted butter cut into pieces (226g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 200g
  • 1/4 cup water 60ml
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1-2 Tablespoons finely chopped almonds for topping, optional
  • Flaky sea salt for topping, optional


  • Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper and scatter coarsely chopped almonds evenly over the bottom. Set aside.
  • Combine butter, sugar, water, and salt in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Meanwhile measure out your vanilla extract and have it ready nearby.
  • Stir ingredients frequently over medium heat. During this time (only before boiling), use a wet pastry brush to brush down the sides where any sugar may settle on the side of the pot to prevent sugar crystals. Continue to stir frequently until mixture comes to a boil (this may take a while, have patience and do not turn up the heat or you will ruin your toffee).
  • Once the mixture comes to a boil, attach your candy thermometer. Make sure that the point of the candy thermometer is not touching the bottom of your pan.
  • Continue to stir occasionally, the mixture will slowly thicken and will turn a more yellow hue as it cooks, and cook to hard crack (305°F/151°C).
    Candy thermometer in toffee mixture
  • Once toffee reaches 305°F/151°C, immediately remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract (careful, it bubbles and steams a bit).
  • Pour mixture evenly into your prepared pan over the almonds. Allow to sit for 5 minutes and then sprinkle chocolate chips evenly overtop the mixture. Cover with foil and allow to sit another 5 minutes, then remove the foil and use a spatula to gently spread chocolate chips evenly over your toffee.
  • Immediately sprinkle with additional finely chopped almonds and flaky sea salt, if desired. Allow to cool completely at room temperature before breaking and serving.



*You can substitute a different nut or leave them out entirely. You can also toast the nuts first, if you prefer.
This is the candy thermometer that I use (affiliate)


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 95kcal