The Best English Toffee


It wouldn’t be a Christmas season without making my mom’s English Toffee recipe. I can still remember vividly as a little girl watching her stir the heavy mixture in the pot waiting for the candy thermometer to reach the ideal temperature.


After it cooked, she would pour the super hot, sweet-smelling hot toffee mixture onto a large cookie sheet. My favorite part was watching her spread the chocolate chips onto the hot toffee. And then I would get to help sprinkle the finely chopped walnuts over the top. But only on half because some of my siblings did not like nuts.


She would then carry the big cookie sheet out to the deck and leave it there to cool. You can cool the English Toffee in the kitchen, but that takes way too long! We were impatient and letting it cool out on the picnic table in freezing temperatures meant that we got to taste it much quicker.

Once it was all cool, she hit the english toffee with the back of a knife until we ended up with big chunks of that goodness. We’d sample it until we couldn’t eat any more and then we’d save the rest in a cute ceramic ornament jar we always had  on the kitchen counter during Christmas.



She loved giving this for neighbor gifts and to anyone who stopped by to say hello.

If you’d like to try this English Toffee, here’s the recipe. I would say I would send you some of ours, but the truth is: our entire batch is already gone.

Guess we’ll just need to make another!

The Best English Toffee


  • 1 lb. butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • about 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • chopped walnuts, if desired
  • candy thermometer


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Attach the candy thermometer to the pan now.
  2. Once the butter is melted, add in the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips.
  3. Cook the mixture until it reaches 285 degrees on a candy thermometer. Make sure to stir continually so that it doesn't burn.
  4. Then place on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle chocolate chips on the top and spread with a bowl scraper. (They will melt). You can also sprinkle nuts on top if you like nuts.
  5. Cool until hard. Use the back of a knife to break the English Toffee into pieces. Store in an air-tight container.

What are some of your favorite Christmas treats to make?