This Easy Homemade Toffee.....No Candy Thermometer Needed is the perfect Christmas Candy! However, It's so easy to make it will be a year around recipe in your home!
This Easy Homemade Toffee…..No Candy Thermometer Needed recipe is brought to you from my in laws. Davids mom makes the BEST toffee. I am completely intimidated by candy making, but this stuff is easy to make; no candy thermometer needed! It truly is the best toffee I have ever had. Gather your ingredients and get to cooking!!
Easy Homemade Toffee
1 C. Butter
1 C. Sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Dash of salt
1 Cup chopped walnuts or almonds--Big bag of almonds found here.
1 Cup Chocolate-chips or bars
Instructions: Prepare foil or parchment paper covered cookie sheet with at least 1 cup chopped walnuts or almonds. Make an oval shape with the nuts. Set aside. Place butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a skillet. Cook over medium to high heat, stirring constantly until mixture turns the color of a brown paper sack. Candy will start to smoke when it is ready to pour. Pour over nuts on the cookie sheet. (Don't scrape the candy out of the pot). Spread melted chocolate over the toffee. (you can also sprinkle chocolate chips over the toffee and they will melt). Top the chocolate with chopped nuts as a garnish. Let chocolate set up, and then break it into small pieces. Store in a cool place.
**Recipe yields approximately 1.5 lbs. of candy.
**Keep in mind there is A LOT of stirring in this recipe. Grab a helper if needed.
Prepare and Toast Almonds
We toasted our almonds before chopping them. It took 10-15 minutes on 350 degrees. Watch them carefully so they don't burn.
- Toasted almonds in our small ninja blender
- 10-15 seconds of blending and they were perfect
Prepare The Chocolate
Our family loves Peter's Chocolate. This brick of chocolate is bigger than it looks, and tastier too!
- We used a double broiler to melt the chocolate. It took around 15 minutes. After 5 minutes it started to melt
- At 15 minutes we could stir it and it was completely melted. Be careful so the chocolate doesn't burn.
Easy Homemade Toffee Recipe
Now let's learn how to make the toffee! **Here's a quick tip, use a pan deep enough so the toffee doesn't bubble over as it's cooking. We used this pan!
Place butter, sugar, and salt in a skillet.
Cook over medium to high heat, stirring constantly until mixture turns the color of a brown paper sack.
You can see it start to thicken
The color is noticeably getting darker
I can tell we are close but it isn't yet "smoking"
Just started to smoke so we know it's done! Be careful at this step. We left one of our batches on about 60 seconds too long, and it burned. Immediately remove once you see it starting to "smoke".
Pour the toffee onto the nuts. Notice the nuts are in an oval type shape.
At this point, you can either sprinkle toffee with chocolate chips or add your melted chocolate like we did. Both work and taste great, this comes down to personal preference.
We did quite a thick layer of chocolate. We like ours like this. But again, it all comes down to personal preference.
Sprinkle a few nuts on top to make it look beautiful!
This is the induction cooker we used. The stovetop will work just fine too. Keep at the medium/high heat seating. It's super awesome and keeps the candy at a steady temperature.
Let the toffee set up. Either place outside in the cold, or let it set up overnight. Break into small pieces and enjoy! It tastes very similar to Almond Roca. It truly is such a simple and delicious recipe. Let us know if you have any questions!
I couldn't find Peter's Chocolate on Amazon, but this Merckens chocolate below had good ratings! Or click here for a list of Peter's chocolate distributors.
Easy Homemade Toffee
- Deep Non-stick Pan
- Flat bottomed wooden spoon or rubber spatula that can withstand the heat
- 1 Cup Butter Salted
- 1 Cup Granulated White Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Dash of Salt
- 1 Cup Toasted walnuts or Almonds Chopped
- Prepare foil or parchment paper covered cookie sheet with at least 1 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
- Make an oval shape with the nuts and set aside.
- Place butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a skillet. Cook over medium- high heat.
- Stir constantly until mixture turns the color of a brown paper sack.
- Candy will start to smoke when it is ready to pour.
- Immediately pour the mixture over the nuts on the cookie sheet. (Don't scrape the candy out of the pot, just let it fall out on its own).
- Spread melted chocolate or sprinkle chocolate chips over toffee.
- If using chocolate chips, spread evenly over toffee once they are melted.
- Garnish the top of the chocolate with your chopped-toasted nuts. *This step is mostly for looks and is optional.
- Allow the toffee to cool and set up for a few hours before breaking into small chunks. Process can be sped up in a fridge or outside in the cold weather.
How to toast nuts
- Cover cookie sheet in parchment and spread almonds or walnuts out.
- Cook at 350 degrees fahrenheit until light brown.
- Chop in food processor or blender until you have crumbs with a few larger chunks.