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Easy to make and perfect for gifting, Old Fashioned English Toffee dusted with grated almonds – a family favorite for generations!
English Toffee is a favorite treat of all our friends and family. It will become one of your family favorites too! Don’t be afraid to make it because it’s pretty easy and even if it’s not perfect, it still tastes great. If you haven’t ever tried making homemade candy, this may be a good recipe to start with.
Enjoy this heirloom recipe for English Toffee.
I received this recipe years ago from my friend Gretchen who also was my hairdresser. We moved 600 miles away so I had to finally break down and find a new hairdresser friend, but when I was still able to visit Gretchen for a haircut, she shared a piece of this English Toffee with me. Gretchen had received it as a gift from another client. I begged her to get the recipe for me and she finally agreed, if I would make it and bring her a small tin each Christmas. She got the recipe and I made it, again and again. Don’t you love a great partnership?! That was more than 20 years ago and I’m still making this same recipe today. I’ve seen many similar recipes over the years but I think I’ll stick with this English Toffee since I’ve always had great success.
Using good quality butter and margarine is key to a successful batch of toffee.
For a successful batch of toffee, prep all your ingredients before you start.
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A family favorite for generations
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup margarine
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 6 tablespoons water
- 1 (12 ounce) package milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup ground almonds
Melt butter and margarine in a heavy saucepan. Add the sugar, corn syrup and water.
Cook on medium heat (turn down as the mixture starts to darken) stirring constantly until the mixture reaches 310 degrees (hard crack stage).
Once the mixture starts to turn a light caramel color, start turning down the heat to prevent it from scorching or turning dark too fast.
Pour into a lightly buttered pan approximately 10" x 15". Once slightly set but still very hot, sprinkle milk chocolate chips over the toffee. When the chocolate chips are soft, spread evenly on top of the candy.
- Sprinkle with ground almonds. Cool and break into bite size pieces.
- Store in an airtight container
Substitute pecans or walnuts for the almonds if you prefer.
Dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips are also great for this recipe.
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