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almond english toffee recipe

Classic English Toffee

Traditional Almond English Toffee is easy to make & perfect for the holidays. If you need the perfect holiday food gift, make this English Toffee Recipe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, toffee
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 12



  • 4 cups almonds
  • 1 cup butter DO NOT use margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Chocolate Topping

  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds opt


  • Line a baking sheet with foil. Spread out the almonds on the foil - set aside.
  • Heat the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt in a heavy sauce pan over medium heat until butter is melted.
  • Increase the temp to med-high & stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Set the timer for 5 minutes & DO NOT let ANYTHING disturb you while you stir. You must keep stirring your butter/sugar mixture so that it does not burn. (*Note- you must also use a WOODEN spoon.)
  • After about 2 minutes it should look yellow & after 4 minutes it should look mostly brown & frothy- keep going until it is the color of a brown paper bag & you have cooked it the full 5 minutes.
  • Immediately pour the mixture onto your foil-lined baking sheet on top of the almonds. (You can lightly scrape the sides of the pan, but do not scrape the gunk on the bottom.)
  • Move & tilt the baking sheet back & forth to even out the toffee over the almonds.
  • I like to soak the saucepan with hot water & soap & set aside for easy cleaning later.
  • Let the almonds/toffee cool. It should harden within a couple of minutes.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring inbetween until smooth.
  • Spread across the toffee with a small spatula.
  • Sprinkle with slivered almonds if desired.
  • After it has set up, break into pieces.