What Is Toffee?

For many people, their favorite sweet treat is a cube of toffee. It is created when brown sugar and butter are heated up together until they reach the hard crack stage.

What Is Toffee?

Once cooled down this candy can have a firm texture and is sweet in flavor. 

There are many variations of this sweet treat out there that you can try making yourself. This may be a trendy candy found in the UK, but you can also find it all over the world.

It is great to have a special treat or give it as a gift for any occasion. 

In this article, we will be going into more detail on what toffee is. 

What Do We Mean By Toffee?

Hard candy known as toffee blends buttery richness with the sweetness of caramel from traditional cooked sugar.

Toffee is technically butterscotch, a mixture of butter and sugar, cooked to a level in confectionery known as the hard-crack stage. 

Hard crack is often over 300 degrees Fahrenheit when you look at a candy thermometer. While butterscotch is smooth, it only cracks softly at lower temperatures, between 220-290 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brown sugar is used by confectioners to create English toffee, a well-known variant with American roots that has a smooth, buttery texture.

A thin coating of chocolate is added alongside chopped nuts. Popular nuts that are used include pecans and walnuts. 

How Do You Make Toffee?

It is quite simple to make toffee, as it contains very few ingredients. 

Step 1:  1 cup of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of water, and 1 cup of butter must be combined in a large pot. You can use white sugar, but the final color may be a lot lighter. 

Step 2: Cook the mixture, giving it frequent stirs, until the butter is completely melted, and the sugar has started to turn golden. 

Step 3: Remove the mixture from the heat when it reaches the “hard-crack” level on a candy thermometer. 

Step 4: Then you can pour the mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

Step 5: The toffee should be allowed to reach room temperature before being moved to the refrigerator to finish cooling. Slice or break the sweet treat into pieces, then serve.

You must stir the butter and sugar while it is on the heat. This allows everything to be heated equally and evenly.

Also, once the sugar and butter are melted before you pour the mixture into your baking tray, you can add additional ingredients.

These can be additional flavors you wish to incorporate such as vanilla extract, dried fruit, or chopped nuts. 

Also, once the mixture is in the baking tray you could sprinkle on more nuts, fruit, or even sprinkles as a finishing touch.

If you do wish to add a layer of chocolate to your toffee, we would advise you to wait until the toffee is completely cooled before you add this layer on. 

Toffee Flavor

What Is Toffee?

Toffee has a similar flavor to caramel and butterscotch. This is due to being produced with butter and sugar. Some people have said that coffee tastes like sweet butter. 

While the flavor of toffee is quite sweet, the texture is the opposite. Usually, the toffee will have a hard and dense texture that is crunchy and brittle. 

When To Use Toffee

If you find yourself with a glut of toffee then there are a couple of things you can do with it. 

You could just eat toffee as it is or chop it up finely and sprinkle it over your favorite ice cream. In addition to this when baking, pieces of toffee can be used inside or as a finishing touch. 

Typically, most people will just enjoy this sweet treat by itself. Yet, that doesn’t mean it should stop you from using it in your other baked goods.

Toffee Can Hurt Your Teeth

You do need to be careful when it comes to toffee, this is due to its hard and brittle texture.

As a result, it can make eating toffee tricker. When you want to enjoy toffee, there are a few things to be mindful of.

It is common when chewing toffee that it can get stuck in between your teeth. As a result, it can easily stick your teeth together. You will find that your toffee is particularly sticky if it is undercooked. 

Also since toffee is quite hard some people have been known to crack their teeth when trying to bite into toffee.

In these instances, it’s best to chop the toffee into smaller pieces. Then you can suck on these smaller pieces until they are softer for you to chew. 

Since toffee is hard, you need to be careful about how you eat it. 


Toffee is a combination of butter and sugar until it reaches the hard crack stage. You easily add more flavors to make the classic toffee recipe more interesting.

Give it as a gift or keep it to yourself.

We hope this article has been helpful, and you now have a better insight into what toffee is. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What Is The Difference Between Toffee And Caramel?

Toffee and caramel are prepared differently. Toffee is created with butter and brown sugar and heated to 295–309 degrees Fahrenheit.

While caramel is prepared with white sugar and heated to 340 degrees.

Is English Toffee Hard Or Soft?

English toffee and the majority of other toffees are usually hard. This is since the toffee is cooked until it reaches the hard crack stage and then cooled. 

Why Is Your Toffee Too Soft?

If your toffee is too soft after you take it off the heat to set, this is a sign that you didn’t reach the hard crack stage. Thus, your toffee wasn’t cooked enough. 

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