English Toffee Recipe – Perfect for the Holidays!

It’s that time of the year to start making all the Holiday treats.  

I had never made toffee before, ever!  I was nervous about getting it just right, but I didn’t need to be. This recipe turned out perfect the very first try!  So don’t sweat the recipe go ahead and give it a try. You won’t regret it.

This toffee was so decadently delicious it will be hard to share.  I received major praise for this treat and you will too!

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English Toffee

pecans, chopper, and measuring cup on a wooden cutting board

I find it easier to use this type of gadget to chop my nuts.  They stayed contained and don’t fly all over my kitchen.

Prepare a jelly roll pan or baking sheet with aluminum foil.

English Toffee boiling in a sauce pan

Combine the butter, sugar, water, and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan.

Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook over medium to medium-high heat until 285 degrees (soft crack stage). Around 20-25 minutes. The mixture should turn a light brown/caramel look.

Because of my apprehension with this recipe, I used a candy thermometer and the ice trick.  I just happen to have a candy thermometer but you could just use the ice.

English Toffee test drip on ice in a black bowl

When the candy has reached the correct temperature it hardens immediately upon hitting the ice.

English Toffee test drip held up over the ice

Handy trick, right?

Remove from the heat and quickly pour into the prepared pan.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Let them soften and then spread the chocolate evenly with an offset spatula over the toffee. I used semi-sweet but you can use dark chocolate or milk chocolate, your choice.

Sprinkle with chopped pecans while chocolate is still warm. Press the pecans down slightly into the chocolate.

English Toffee on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet

Let the toffee cool completely (room temperature) until hard, then break into pieces.

English Toffee pieces stacked on a white plate

Store in an airtight container.

English Toffee pieces in a metal Christmas tin

I promise this is an easy recipe to impress your friends, family, and guests during the Holidays!  I halved the original recipe.

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Easy English Toffee Recipe

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English Toffee

English Toffee – A perfect, easy recipe for your Holiday treat trays.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: candy, english, toffee
Servings: 16
Calories: 280kcal
Author: DSTR


  • 2 sticks Butter (must be BUTTER)
  • 1 1/4 cups Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 cup pecans (finely chopped)
  • 8 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips


  • Prepare a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.
  • Combine the first four ingredients. Stirring constantly, cook over med to med-high heat until 285 degrees. Around 20-25 minutes. The mixture should turn into a light brown/caramel look.
  • Pour into the prepared jelly roll pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Let chocolate chips soften and then spread all over the toffee. Sprinkle with chopped pecans while chocolate is still warm. Press the pecans down ever so slightly into the chocolate.
  • Let cool until hard, then break into pieces.


No need to butter the aluminum foil. I didn’t have any trouble with the toffee sticking.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Reply

    Pinning! I love English Toffee! This looks incredibly delish! Visiting from Pretty Pintastic Party! 😉 Thanks for sharing.

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      Thank you!

  2. Reply

    I love English Toffee, but never knew how to make it. Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


  3. Reply

    That looks absolutely delicious and sounds easy enough. I am going to have to give it a try! Pinning!

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  4. Reply

    Your English Toffee looks fantastic, wish I had a piece right now! Your recipe is awesome, I have pinned it. We really enjoy you sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

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      Thank you!

  5. Reply

    You had me at English toffee. Almond Roca is one of my absolute favorite candies, and you make it look easy! This looks absolutely divine, and would make a great Christmas gift! Pinning! 🙂

    1. Reply

      It’s super easy and oh so delicious! Thank you!

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    Thank you so much for joining the party and for all the goodies that you bought with you. The English Toffee looks so good. Very nice photos and method too.
    Fridays Blog Booster Party #335 stars

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      Thank you for hosting!

  7. Reply

    Looks like a great recipe. I’m sure it’s a favorite that people hope to receive again and again!
    Susan – Susie’s Christmas [email protected]

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  8. Reply

    Oh my…that sounds so delicious!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Virginia!

  9. Reply

    Good Afternoon to you, Well you certainly get the thumbs up from me….. and I’m English. Your toffee looks fabulous and with the addition of chocolate and nuts it couldn’t be more perfect. Your friends and family will be thrilled to received a tin of English toffee…. I have a feeling once they receive the English toffee, as Susan said, you will be making it over and over again.
    Best wishes to you.
    Daphne5 stars

    1. Reply

      Thank you Daphne!

  10. Reply

    Looks really good, thanks for sharing that recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  11. Reply

    Oh these look amazing, I love toffee and it will be going to go on my list as well! I love all your recipes! I’m not sure I’ll get corn syrup here, what could I use instead, granulated sugar? Thank you for sharing this at Share it Link Party this week.

    1. Reply

      I’m not sure about using all granulated sugar or not. This was the first time I made the toffee and was so surprised at how easy it was to make.

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    Your delicious recipe is featured at Two Uses Tuesday’s link party! Hope you stop by:).
    https://twochicksandamom.blogspot.com/2015/11/two-uses-tuesday-56.html5 stars

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much for the feature Donna!

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    1. Reply

      Thank you so much Lori and Cathy!

  15. Reply

    This looks so delicious! I love homemade toffees & I definitely need to try this recipe! Thanks for linking up with our Creative Spark party – your recipe is one of our Features today! Hope you’ll link up with us again!

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      Thanks so much!!

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    I love toffee! I saved this recipe for later! Thanks for linking up with my Manic Monday party!4 stars

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      Thank you Stephanie!

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      Thank you !

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