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Homemade Toffee

This rich and buttery homemade toffee is easy to make and only takes about thirty minutes to make. Perfect for parties, holiday gifts, and snacking!

toffee with chocolate and almonds

Easy Toffee Candy

We always make a batch of this homemade toffee during the holidays. It’s such an easy toffee candy recipe and is perfect for beginners. Microwave caramelsChristmas crack toffee, peanut brittle and slow cooker rocky road candy are at the top of our list too!

One of our favorite things to do during the holidays is to make homemade treats for family and friends. This homemade toffee is perfect for gift giving, and is so simple to make too!

I’m definitely a candy making novice, but this recipe is simple enough that it’s perfect for beginners. I would recommend having a candy thermometer on hand to make things easier. They’re inexpensive and they take a lot of the guesswork out of candy making.

What are the ingredients for toffee?

I love that it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients to make this. I usually always have all of them on hand too, which makes it so easy and convenient.

  1. Butter
  2. Sugar
  3. Vanilla
  4. Chocolate Chips
  5. Pecans
  6. Salt
  7. Water
mixing toffee in pot with candy thermometer

How to Make Toffee

To make this recipe, you’ll start by adding butter, sugar, water, and salt to a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Keep a close eye on the toffee as it cooks (don’t walk away).

The mixture will start out as a pale yellow color, then deepen into a rich caramel tone. Mine was perfect at 285°F on my candy thermometer (a minute or two after I took the above picture). Be careful not to let the toffee get too dark, or it will have a burned taste.

Spread put toffee on parchment paper

When it’s reached 285 degrees, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. The toffee will be bubbly and incredibly hot, so be careful not to burn yourself! Pour the toffee out onto a greased or parchment lined baking sheet, and let it cool 5 minutes.

Then sprinkle the toffee with chocolate chips and let it sit for 10 minutes so they can melt.

Homemade Toffee with chocolate chips on top

When the chocolate chips are starting to melt, spread them over the toffee with an offset spatula, trying to make a smooth and even layer. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips because I wanted a little more of a dark chocolate taste, but milk chocolate chips would work well too.

Spreading chocolate over top of toffee

Finally, sprinkle toffee with chopped pecans. You could definitely substitute other nuts for the pecans, such as almonds, peanuts or walnuts. All would be yummy! Let the toffee cool completely, then break into pieces and enjoy!

Toffee with chocolate and nuts sprinkled on top

How do you store homemade toffee?

To store, place in an airtight container or zip top bag. I like to layer my toffee between wax paper sheets to prevent sticking. Depending on how big your toffee pieces are, you may need to use two container or bags.

How long does it last?

This toffee candy is good for at least two weeks if stored at room temperature. If your home is a bit on the warm side or if you’re holding onto it for gift-giving, I would store it in the fridge. It should last for a couple more weeks if you stick in the refrigerator!

Can it be frozen?

Yes! I actually love snacking on frozen homemade toffee. I usually make 2 batches…one to enjoy right away and one to stick in the freezer. When I’m craving a chocolate sweet treat, I’ll grab a piece (or two)!.

To store in the freezer, just place in an airtight container or bag. It should keep in the freezer for a couple of months.

Toffee broken into pieces on white plate

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Toffee recipe

4.78 from 35 votes
This rich and buttery toffee takes only thirty minutes to make and is super easy, too! Perfect for parties, holiday gifts, and snacking!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
cool: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 20



  • Prepare a baking sheet by buttering or lining with parchment paper and set aside. Add the butter, sugar, water, and salt to a medium saucepan (with a heavy bottom).
    butter and sugar in pot
  • Heat the pan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Leave the spoon in the pot and then clip on a candy thermometer at this point if desired (being careful to not let it touch the bottom).
    mixing toffee in pot
  • Continue to cook over medium heat until the mixture has reached 285°F and has turned a rich caramel color. Only stir every so often at this point, you don't want to disturb the process too much. When it turns a caramel color immediately remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
    mixing toffee in pot with candy thermometer
  • Pour the mixture onto the prepared pan and allow it to spread. Let the toffee cool 5 minutes, then sprinkle with the chocolate chips and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Spread the melted chocolate chips with an offset spatula and sprinkle with chopped pecans or almonds.
  • Let the toffee cool completely, then break into pieces and enjoy.
    Homemade Toffee... this rich and buttery toffee takes about thirty minutes to make and is super easy too! Perfect for parties, holiday gifts, and snacking!


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

Originally written by Alicia from The Baker Upstairs.

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