English Toffee and almonds on plate
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English Toffee

Candy making can be a bit finicky, but I walk you through the timing and temperature to make this classic English toffee.

Course Dessert
Cuisine English
Keyword classic English toffee, English toffee recipe, how to make English toffee
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 477 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 1 cup toasted almonds chopped
  • 2 cups butter 1 pound
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • melted tempered chocolate for dipping
  • 4-6 cups toasted almonds finely chopped


  1. Line a 10 x 15-inch baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Butter the foil.  Spread with coarsely chopped nuts then set aside.  In a heavy 3-quart saucepan, combine butter, water corn syrup and sugar.  Place over high heat and stir constantly until mixture begins to thicken and turns to very light brown in color.  Reduce heat to medium-high and clip on a candy thermometer.  Cook until mixture reaches 290F (145C).  Remove from heat and carefully pour over chopped almonds in prepared baking sheet.
  2. Let cool for exactly 12 minutes.  Lift toffee out onto a cutting board and score toffee to desired size and shape.  Let cool,  Break along score lines.  Cool completely.  Dip toffee into tempered chocolate then roll in chopped almonds.  Place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper and cool until chocolate has hardened.  Store toffee in a cool location.  Can be made in advance and kept for at least 3 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 4-5 pounds of toffee.

Nutrition Facts
English Toffee
Amount Per Serving
Calories 477 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 165mg7%
Potassium 257mg7%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 565IU11%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.