Old Fashioned Macintosh Toffee

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is the best toffee I have ever tasted. It is a popular item at the Christmas Farmer's Market here,with just 4 ingredients it's easy to make. We prefer to decrease the cooking time slightly for a softer toffee.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grease an 8" cake pan.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, soften the butter.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  5. Candy thermometer should reach 260 degrees or hard ball.
  6. Stir constantly as it will stick to the pan easily.
  7. Pour into pan quickly and cool.
  8. You may make a softer toffee by decreasing cooking time slightly.


Most Helpful

Just made this for Christmas baking. Was very good. I wanted a soft and chewy toffee like Mackintosh toffee I grew up with, so after reading reviews I decided to test my toffee as I was cooking I dropped a bit in water every so often and used a brand new candy thermometer. When it got to 240 degrees it was just perfect. My daughter and I agree. It wasn't quite as flavourful as I would like and next time I may add some vanilla extract or some butterscotch flavoring just to boost the flavor a bit but all in all, this recipe is going in my book of go to recipes

polarpegs December 16, 2011

I'm going to have to try this, but for those who complain about the hardness, that's one of the things I remember most about MacIntosh Toffee. Half the fun was having to smash and bash it to pieces to be able to eat it. The soft squishy stuff that's marketed today as MacIntosh Toffee has about half the taste as the original.

cathyhil June 11, 2015

Good toffee, but the directions could be improved. Recipe states to cook it to the hard ball stage (260 degrees), rather than for a specific amount of time, but then the note says to cook it for less time if you want softer toffee. I would probably only cook it to the soft ball stage next time. If you do like hard toffee, you should score it with a knife as soon as you pour it into the pan. I had a big block of hard toffee - had to put it in a ziploc and whack it with a hammer to break it up, so definitely not the lovely square pieces they show in the photo.

dewey_decimal December 13, 2014

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