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Chocolate And Nut English Toffee

Chocolate And Nut English Toffee

This classic chocolate and nut English toffee candy is buttery, rich, with a sweet caramel flavor.  Utterly delicious! The milk chocolate and toasted nuts make this dessert even better. This candy recipe makes a great gift and is a lovely way to recognize National English Toffee Day!

Wooden board with chocolate and nut English toffee candy - pieces of homemade, buttery English toffee that's enrobed in milk chocolate and topped with toasted, chopped pecans.

There really isn’t a more perfect food combination than milk chocolate covering sweet, buttery, crunchy English toffee.  It’s something that I adore and cannot have around the house too often unless we have guests…or it’s a Saturday afternoon.

It’s sweet, crunchy, covered in creamy chocolate and toasted nuts.  I find myself breaking the bits into even smaller pieces and just eating one…then going back for another ‘little’ piece.  Soon, half the batch is in my belly. Trust me.  There isn’t enough yoga to counteract those calories!

Ingredients Needed To Make Chocolate And Nut English Toffee Candy

  • Butter – I used salted butter.  Use the best quality butter you can afford/find.  The butter is the flavor behind the candy.  It’s important.  Please don’t use margarine.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Corn syrup – this will help eliminate any ‘grainy’ texture you may get from the granulated sugar not melting fully.  It only uses a bit.  It’s worth it.
  • Heavy cream – using heavy cream instead of water or milk lends the most amazing, creamy, rich mouthfeel.  This is a rich, decadent candy, full of butter and sugar.  Why cut corners by using water, skim, or whole milk?
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Toasted pecans – you could also use walnuts, almonds, or even peanuts.
  • Milk chocolate chips – any chocolate chip will work – dark chocolate or semi-sweet.  Use a good quality brand of chocolate.

Wooden board with chocolate and nut English toffee candy - pieces of homemade, buttery English toffee that's enrobed in milk chocolate and topped with toasted, chopped pecans.

Step To Make This Recipe

  1. Line a jelly roll pan with foil and grease generously with butter.
  2. Melt butter in a pan and stir in the sugar, corn syrup, and heavy cream until the mixture reaches a hard-ball stage on a candy thermometer. 
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the hot toffee into the prepared pan.  Spread it out evenly.
  5. Sprinkle the top with the milk chocolate chips and allow them to melt.
  6. When melted, spread the milk chocolate over the top of the toffee and sprinkle with the toasted, chopped pecans.
  7. Allow the candy to cool completely and break into serving pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Tips For Making This Recipe

  • Use quality ingredients.  High-quality butter, excellent vanilla, and the freshest heavy cream will yield the most delicious English toffee.
  • Be sure to use a quality candy thermometer and keep the temperature of the toffee steady.  
  • Stir, stir, stir.  Continuously stir.  Stirring while the sugar and butter cook together will make the candy smooth without any graininess.  
  • Don’t skip the salt or vanilla at the end of cooking.  Both enhance the flavor of the toffee considerably.

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Wooden board with chocolate and nut English toffee candy - pieces of homemade, buttery English toffee that's enrobed in milk chocolate and topped with toasted, chopped pecans.

Chocolate And Nut English Toffee


Description

This classic chocolate and nut English toffee candy is buttery, rich, with a sweet caramel flavor.  Utterly delicious! The milk chocolate and toasted nuts make this dessert even better. This candy recipe makes a great gift and is a lovely way to recognize National English Toffee Day!


Ingredients

Scale

1 ½ cups good quality salted butter (2 sticks)

2 cups granulated sugar

2 tablespoons corn syrup

2 tablespoons heavy cream

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped toasted pecans

1 cup milk chocolate chips


Instructions

Line a 10×15-inch jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.  Generously butter the foil.  Set aside.

Clip a candy thermometer to the side of a large, heavy-bottom skillet.  Do not allow the tip to touch the bottom of the pan. Place the pan over medium heat.

Add and melt the butter.  Stir in the sugar, corn syrup, and heavy cream.  Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.

Cook, continuing to stir until the sugar is turning a golden color. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the toffee reaches 295-305 degrees on the candy thermometer.  This is a hard crack stage – about 10-15 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the salt and vanilla.

Carefully pour the mixture onto the prepared pan.  Use an offset spatula to spread it out evenly.

Immediately sprinkle the top of the toffee with the milk chocolate chips.

Allow the chips to melt for at least 2-3 minutes.

Spread evenly over the toffee.  Sprinkle the top of the chocolate with the toasted, chopped pecans.

Allow the toffee to cool completely.  Break into serving-size pieces.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three months.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: chocolate and nut English toffee, candy recipes, British recipes, homemade toffee, milk chocolate, toasted pecans

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