Easy, Easy English Toffee

Total Time
2hrs 38mins
Prep 8 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

A friend at work passed this on to me. It is so easy that she proceeded to just "tell" me the recipe. I am one of those people that like to have it written down...she was kind enough to email it to me. As she was telling me how to make it, she said that you needed a jar of peanut butter. At first, I didn't understand why but after making it the first time, I found it is the most important part of making this toffee a success every time!!! ***IMPORATANT*** You turn the jar upside down and use the color of the peanut butter as a GUIDE as to what color the mixture should be when you pull it off the heat. The mixture will darken a bit after you take it off the heat so this little trick will help you NOT to burn the toffee. For preparation time, I put approx. 8 minutes active cooking time and 2.5 hours for cooling refrigeration time.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 34 cup slivered almonds
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (equates to a little over 1/2 of a 12 oz. bag)
  • 34 cup sliced almonds


  1. In a large skillet, melt butter on med. high heat.
  2. **Tip** Bring out a jar of peanut butter and turn it upside down near the skillet to use ONLY as a color guide to know when the mixture is done.
  3. Add sugar and stir until dissolved into the butter.
  4. Add water, pouring it all over the pan.
  5. Bring to a full, frothy boil.
  6. At full boil, cook 1 minute then add slivered almonds.
  7. Stir continuously and slowly in a small circular motion bringing the outside mixture edges to the center as the sides will tend to cook faster than the middle.
  8. As you stir, angle the handle of your spoon down as low as you can to have few air bubbles.
  9. Cook this mixture until it is the color of the inverted peanut butter jar.
  10. **Important** It will brown fast in the end, so don't let it get too dark).
  11. Pour into a 9 X 13 pan. (you could use disposable aluminum pans also).
  12. Let cool completely, remove from pan and pat off any extra butter from both sides with paper towels.
  13. Place on wax paper.
  14. Topping:.
  15. Microwave chocolate for 1 minute on high. (be mindful that every microwave is different and you must watch your chocolate closely so that it won't overcook). If a few seconds more are needed to melt completely, do so in small increments.
  16. Coat toffee with chocolate (like frosting) and top with slivered almonds. I only cover one side but you can do both if desired.
  17. Lightly press down almonds to make sure they stick to the chocolate.
  18. Cool on the counter for at least 30 minutes, then put the pan into the refrigerator for 2 hours (You can stack multiple batches on top of each other as long as the chocolate is pretty solid).
  19. Break into pieces after it has hardened and store in a covered container.
  20. Variations: Use different kinds of chips. (mint, white, dark, milk chocolate).


Most Helpful

This really was sooooo easy and yummy! I loved the peanut butter jar trick - I don't have a candy thermometer and this worked great! Made for PAC Fall 2012

Cadillacgirl October 27, 2012

This was so easy!! I just followed her directions and its amazing! Husband cant stop eating it. I have a coworker who makes this every Christmas and sells it but instead of buying it this year I decided to try to make it myself! OMG..delicious!! Enjoy and Merry Christmas :)

bornshopper December 16, 2012

This recipe was so easy to make. I made a few changes -- instead of using chocolate baking chips, I used Wiltons candy melts. These are the ones you use for making candy that hardens after you spread it over the toffee. I also added 1 tsp of vanilla. I was so happy with the results, I uploaded a photo :)

Tynk63 June 07, 2013

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