Homemade Caramel Toffee

Elevate your sweet tooth satisfaction with this Homemade Caramel Toffee recipe. These golden nuggets of buttery sweetness are not only incredibly delicious but also surprisingly easy to make at home. Whether you’re looking for a delightful treat for yourself or a delightful gift for someone special, this Caramel Toffee will become a treasured indulgence.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (e.g., almonds, pecans) (optional)


Step 1: Prepare Baking Sheet

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Step 2: Cook the Toffee Mixture

  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add both granulated sugar and brown sugar to the melted butter, stirring constantly until well combined.
  3. Stir in water and continue cooking over medium heat. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan.
  4. Cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until it reaches the hard crack stage, approximately 300°F (150°C). This may take around 10-15 minutes.

Step 3: Add Flavor and Pour

  1. Once the toffee reaches the hard crack stage, remove it from heat.
  2. Stir in vanilla extract and salt. Be cautious as the mixture will bubble.
  3. Immediately pour the hot toffee onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading it into an even layer with a spatula.

Step 4: Optional Chocolate and Nuts

  1. If desired, sprinkle chocolate chips over the hot toffee. Let them sit for a minute to soften, then spread the melted chocolate with a spatula.
  2. Sprinkle chopped nuts over the chocolate layer.

Step 5: Allow to Set and Break Into Pieces

  1. Let the toffee cool and set completely. This may take about 1-2 hours.
  2. Once set, break the toffee into bite-sized pieces.

Step 6: Store and Enjoy!

  1. Store the caramel toffee in an airtight container at room temperature. It can also be refrigerated if you prefer a firmer texture.
  2. Enjoy the buttery, crunchy goodness of your homemade caramel toffee!


  • Ensure the candy thermometer is accurately calibrated for precise temperature readings.
  • Customize your toffee by adding a sprinkle of sea salt over the chocolate layer or experimenting with different types of nuts.
  • This toffee makes a delightful gift when packaged in decorative bags or boxes.

This Homemade Caramel Toffee is a testament to the delightful simplicity of butter, sugar, and a touch of vanilla. Share it with loved ones or keep it all to yourself for a sweet moment of indulgence. Be warned — once you’ve tasted this homemade toffee, store-bought may never quite measure up again!

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