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A Really Easy Crispy Butter Toffee Recipe

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Butter nut toffee has to have just the right snappy crunch!

Butter nut toffee has to have just the right snappy crunch!

Chocolate Butter Nut Toffee

When combined in one sweet temptation, chocolate, nuts, and rich buttery toffee are hard to resist. But when you discover the secret to the perfect toffee crunch, your toffee becomes the stuff legends are made of. This four-ingredient recipe teeters on the edge of miraculousness with every perfectly crisp and crunchy sweet bite. It is really easy to make, but the results are anything but simple. Anyone can make toffee, but this recipe has the secret to toffee greatness. Four ingredients are all that is required to offer-up a candy that your family and friends will be begging you make...oh, and the secret to a perfect toffee crunch of course!

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Cook Time (not including cooling time)

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

18 min

23 min

About 15 Generous Servings

Toffee Ingredients

butter, sugar, chocolate, and nuts are all you need to make this tasty recipe.

butter, sugar, chocolate, and nuts are all you need to make this tasty recipe.

Only 4 Ingredients

  • 2 cups (256 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (226 grams or 2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups (192 grams) chocolate chips, use dark chocolate or semi-sweet
  • 1 cup (128 grams) chopped nuts, walnuts, almonds, or pecans

A Perfect Toffee Crunch

The Secret to a Perfect Toffee Snap

Every person who makes toffee hopes it comes out with a certain crunch or "snap" when bitten. More often than not, we find a very brittle toffee that degrades the enjoyment of the candy. The secret to the magic "snap" of a gently crispy toffee is in how you mange the temperature of the sugar and butter mixture as it heats up. Below are a few pointers that get you on your way to some snapping good toffee from your own kitchen!

Candy Thermometer

A good candy thermometer is a must when making great toffee!

A good candy thermometer is a must when making great toffee!

Crispy Toffee Tips

  • Continuously stir the butter and sugar mixture, never walk away, and never stop moving the ingredients as they heat!
  • Use a slow upward gliding medium temperature, and remain patient; you just can't rush great toffee texture. This should take around 15 to 20 minutes (sometimes a little longer on a cool humid day).
  • The moment your thermometer reads 290°F (143°C) remove the mixture from the heat and pour it onto a lined baking sheet. If you miss this mark, the toffee texture will quickly degrade with every inclining degree.

Making Butter Crunch

Great Toffee Texture

The vital bit of information above may seem simple. However, many miss the mark because they don't understand the importance of the technique. Heating butter and sugar for toffee is all about gradually hitting the very important 290°F (143°C) temperature, and not one degree over it. Slowly getting to that magic number makes a huge difference in how tender, yet crisp, the snap of fantastic toffee will be. Now that you know the secret, you will be creating the most elegant toffee of your life. It only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to do it right, but when it is done this correctly, the outcome is quite spectacular.

Picture By Picture Toffee Instructions

Combine butter and sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly and until proper temperature (290°F / 143°C) is gradually achieved.

Combine butter and sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly and until proper temperature (290°F / 143°C) is gradually achieved.

At 275°F the color will begin to change rapidly. When you just hit 290°F, remove from heat immediately.

At 275°F the color will begin to change rapidly. When you just hit 290°F, remove from heat immediately.

Carefully pour liquid toffee onto a foil lined baking sheet.

Carefully pour liquid toffee onto a foil lined baking sheet.

Spread melting chocolate over the top of liquid toffee.

Spread melting chocolate over the top of liquid toffee.

Sprinkle with chopped nuts and cool at room temperature.

Sprinkle with chopped nuts and cool at room temperature.

Instructions For Making Perfect Butter Toffee

  1. Completely line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, set aside. Measure out the chocolate and nuts (measure nuts after they have been chopped) and set aside.
  2. You must use a candy thermometer here! In a medium sauce pan, combine sugar and butter and slowly combine over medium heat by stirring constantly. Bring the mixture up until it just hits 290°F (143°C), not a single degree more. This should take about 15 to 20 minutes when done correctly.
  3. Very carefully, pour molten toffee onto the lined baking sheet. (Take note that I use the term "molten"—this candy is very hot stuff when in its liquid state. Protective gear for hands and eyes is a really good idea!)
  4. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the hot liquid toffee right away. Using a spatula, move the chocolate around. Allow it to melt into the toffee by gently smoothing it across the top as it does melt. Getting the chips melted and spread evenly will provide a better toffee in the end, but make sure the toffee and chocolate remain as two separate layers that are slightly blended together where they meet.
  5. Now, sprinkle the chopped nuts over the warm melted chocolate. Then, using the tips of your fingers, carefully press the nuts into the chocolate gently. Try not to press too hard as this will degrade the layer separation.
  6. Allow the candy toffee to cool completely at room temperature (do not refrigerate). Break the cooled toffee apart and serve on a large single platter or on individual dessert plates.
  7. To store, place toffee into an airtight container and keep at room temperature for up to 5 days. (As if there will be any left for that long!)

Making This Recipe Your Own

In the basic instructions, certain ingredients are suggested, but not written in stone. The only thing you never want to revise is the temperature and heating techniques described above for making the actual toffee portion of the recipe—which must be followed exactly.

If you choose to make this recipe one to call your own, it is as easy as putting your creativity to work. Instead of using the chocolate chips, try using white chocolate with candy cane crunched into it for a festive holiday gift. Or, use minty chocolate candy bars (think Andes mints here) in place of the chips. Adding a few mini marshmallows might be your cup of tea, or even using macadamia nuts in lieu of the standard crunchy kernels the recipe calls for. Finding the fun in food is what it all about! Now go make some specialty butter toffee that only you can create!

Crunchy Chocolate Toffee

You won't want to miss getting your hands on this toffee recipe!

You won't want to miss getting your hands on this toffee recipe!

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Comments for "Butter, Chocolate And Nut Toffee Recipe"

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 08, 2015:

Great recipe India. This looks delicious enough to eat. Voted up!

Jelena from Florida on June 12, 2015:

Oh my god yummy. Toffee is like one of my favorite candies. Thanks for making this recipe.

sujaya venkatesh on March 26, 2014:

tasting sweet k9

Missy Mac from Illinois on September 06, 2013:

I love making sweets for gifts and will definitely add this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Ellen on August 23, 2013:

Do you mean TWO sticks of butter as the equivalent of a cup?

Sue on February 28, 2013:

Where's the goddamn print icon? How come there's not easy prin tformat?????

Michelle Liew from Singapore on January 08, 2013:

A delicious recipe and thanks for making it easy to follow with the pictures! Indeed, there is nothing better than toffee.

Mike Robbers from London on January 08, 2013:

I've never tried to make toffee, but I've made many pounds of fudge. I love caramel, so I think I might like toffee... a crunchy toffee, with a chocolate drizzle :)

Thanks for sharing this great recipe, shared and voted!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on January 07, 2013:

An engaging hub filled with detailed instructions, helpful tips and handy step-by-step photos! The photos of chocolate nuts butter toffee look so delicious and inviting! Rated your recipe 5 stars! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared on Facebook

Cholee Clay from Wisconsin on January 05, 2013:

Great photos! I will definitely be making this recipe very soon. We love toffee and this simple to follow recipe will allow me to make it myself, rather than buy it.

Judy Specht from California on January 03, 2013:

This is the first recipe I have ever seen that told the truth about how long it takes to reach the correct temperature. Twenty minutes seems like an eternity, but good things come to those who wait. :)

Suzie from Carson City on December 31, 2012:

Don't normally read a recipe hub, but I LOVE toffee....so here I am, interested and thanking you!...UP+++

C E Clark from North Texas on December 30, 2012:

This looks really yummy! Your first photo is so inviting. The others are good too, but it's that first one that grabs my attention.

Voting you up and useful and going to share this recipe with my followers.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on December 30, 2012:

OH MY GOODNESS! What awesome pictures and AN AWESOME hub!! I have a weakness for this stuff and I.will.be.making.it! I'm also wishing you a Happy New Year and I hope that we will all have a grrreeat year of hubbing in front of us! Cheers!

carol stanley from Arizona on December 29, 2012:

There is nothing better than toffee..I love it..I am concerned about the details..I often don't follow directions well and could end up with a mess of sweetness. However this is a great recipe with beautiful tempting photos.