Chocolate Covered Toffee

This toffee is pretty much the only thing I’ve cooked over the past week.

So far, I’m up to 5 batches of the stuff, mostly to give away as gifts…but Nick and I did keep one batch for us because it didn’t set up like it should. I blame it on the weather last week, but either way, we got our own toffee.

I’m probably not the best candy maker – I don’t even use a candy thermometer like I should! – but this toffee is so buttery and delicious that I can’t stop making it.

The very first time Nick and I made this toffee, we tried using a candy thermometer. By the time it was getting close to the temperature we wanted, it was completely burned.

Ever since that first time, I leave the candy thermometer in the drawer and just wait for the candy to get to the perfect toffee color.

The actual toffee-making part does take some time – mostly standing and stirring – but it’s totally worth it.

If you’re at home today, in pajamas, like I am, maybe you should try making toffee, too. I know I’ll be making some more!

Chocolate Covered Toffee

Makes: 2-3 cups toffee pieces


  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate


  1. Put butter, sugar, water, and salt in a saucepan and heat on medium high heat until melted.
  2. Bring to a boil and let cook until mixture reaches a soft crack stage (about 285 degrees). This will take 10-15 minutes.
  3. Once your toffee is to the right temperature (or color), take off the heat and stir in the vanilla. The mixture will bubble up quite a bit when you stir in the vanilla – that’s okay!
  4. After the vanilla is mixed in, pour your toffee onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread out into an even layer.
  5. Let the toffee sit 20-30 minutes or until hardened.
  6. Heat chocolate in microwave and spread onto toffee.
  7. Once the chocolate has set, break toffee into bite size pieces.


  1. I’ve made a similar recipe before- mmmm. And I also didn’t use a thermometer. Overrated ;). Enjoy your day in your PJs

  2. One of the things I got for Christmas this year was a candy thermometer. I can’t wait to start making things like this!

  3. Oh how I love toffee. I only have a few more days until I am on sugar detox–i might just have to sneak a batch of this in!

  4. I absolutely love toffee, but have never tried making it! I’m shocked to read the short and simple ingredient list. Great post!

  5. I should have made this for Christmas gifts! I did caramels this year, though, and the caramel needed to cook and be stirred for an hour!

  6. Home? (check!)
    In pajamas? (check!)
    Craving toffee? (check!)

    I am making this…NOW! And if not now, tomorrow morning for sure! :-D

  7. OK, I’m back. The toffee was made an hour ago and I just tasted the first piece – utter deliciousness! Thanks, Brandi! :-)

  8. Happy New Year Brandi! Yep, I go by color too with toffee – I’ve burned too many batches with a candy thermometer – glad I am not alone! :D

  9. I love toffee. I make the kind with the saltine crackers. Happy New year!

  10. i’m sure everyone who receives this thinks you’re an excellent candy maker :) hope you had a wonderful holiday and happy new year hun!!

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  12. Love toffee! You have a lovely site- great recipes and updates that are fun to read :-)

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  14. Um – hello gorgeous! I think I’ll be making a lot of toffee in the New Year ; ) Happy New Year sweets!

  15. Wow, this looks easy. Who knew?

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