Love Heath Bars? Then you need to try this super simple homemade English Toffee candy recipe. It has just 4 ingredients and you probably already have them on hand! The finished candy tastes exactly like a Heath bar and is perfect for holiday gift giving.
I love to give homemade gifts for Christmas! They can be a great way to show you care without blowing your holiday budget. This year I am making candy to give to teachers, bus drivers, scout leaders, and friends. When I came across this homemade English Toffee recipe in the book 365 Ways to Prepare for Christmas, I knew it would be just perfect for holiday gift giving.
I make English toffee every year using this recipe and it always turns out great. In fact this classic English toffee recipe is pretty much foolproof if you use a candy thermometer.
I have made this easy English toffee recipe both with and without a candy thermometer and it is much less hassle if you use one. That’s not to say you can’t make it without one. It’s just takes a bit more fussing to keep checking to see if the syrup has boiled long enough. (I include instructions below for how to make homemade English toffee without a candy thermometer.)
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Homemade English Toffee Recipe Ingredients
- 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 2 sticks of butter (the real stuff!)
- 12 oz. bag of milk chocolate chips
Instructions to Make Homemade English Toffee
In a food processor, pulse to coarsely chop the almonds. Be careful not to run it too long or you will make almond butter! Set aside.
Add the sugar and butter to a large saucepan. Don’t melt the butter before you add the sugar, add them both at the same time. Otherwise, it doesn’t completely combine correctly and the butter sort of floats on top. I made this mistake the first time I made this homemade English toffee candy recipe. Just add both the butter sticks and the sugar to the pot at the same time and you will be fine.
Over medium heat, bring the butter and sugar to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches a golden brown color and it reaches 300 degrees on the candy thermometer – the hard crack stage.
(If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can periodically drop a bit of the mixture into ice water. If the bit you drop makes threads in the ice water that are brittle and hard, it is done.)
Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a buttered 9×13 inch baking dish.
Or alternately you can pour it into a jelly roll pan that is lined with a silicone baking mat.
I always make this classic English toffee recipe using a silicone baking sheet. There is no need to grease the pan and the candy comes up easily when it is cooled. You don’t ever have to worry about the candy sticking to the baking sheet! Less mess and fuss that way.
Next, sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top. The hot syrup will quickly melt the chocolate chips so you can spread it.
Sprinkle the chopped almonds evenly over the melted chocolate. Stick the pan in the refrigerator to harden for an hour or two. After the candy has set, break into chunks and store in an airtight container in the fridge. And that’s all there is to this easy English toffee recipe! Enjoy!
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If you make this homemade English Toffee candy recipe this holiday season, you will have to let me know how it turns out. So tell me… Are you making any Christmas candy to give as gifts this year?
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