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.

21 Responses to “Chocolate Covered Toffee”

  1. #
    Erica — December 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

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

  2. #
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — December 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Looks seriously addicting!! :D

  3. #
    Evan Thomas — December 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

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

  4. #
    Becky — December 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Big YUM!

  5. #
    Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama — December 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    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!

  6. #
    Bev Weidner — December 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Look. At. That.

  7. #
    Home With Mandy — December 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

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

  8. #
    Megan — December 30, 2011 at 3:03 am

    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!

  9. #
    Erika - The Teenage Taste — December 31, 2011 at 2:09 am

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

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

  10. #
    Erika - The Teenage Taste — December 31, 2011 at 3:48 am

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

  11. #
    Biz — December 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    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

  12. #
    Jersey Girl Cooks — December 31, 2011 at 7:58 pm

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

  13. #
    Shannon — December 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    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!!

  14. #
    Brittany — January 2, 2012 at 4:50 am

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

  15. #
    Paula- bell'alimento — January 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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

  16. #
    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — January 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Wow, this looks easy. Who knew?


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