James Carrier
Makes about 3 pounds

This buttery almond toffee is easy and delicious and can make the perfect homemade holiday gift.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place almonds in a baking pan. Bake in a 350° regular or convection oven, shaking pan occasionally, until golden beneath skins, 10 to 12 minutes. When cool enough to handle, finely chop.

Step 2

In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-low heat, stir sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is deep golden brown (300° on a candy thermometer; see notes), 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully stir in vanilla and half the almonds (mixture may bubble up). Immediately pour into a 10- by 15-inch baking pan with 1-inch-tall sides. Let toffee cool at room temperature until set, at least 30 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, place chocolate in the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl. Bring a few inches of water to a simmer in bottom of double boiler or a pan that the bowl can nest in; remove pan from heat. Place chocolate over water and let stand, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth, about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Pour chocolate over cooled toffee; with a knife or an offset spatula, spread level. Sprinkle remaining almonds evenly over chocolate. Let stand at room temperature until chocolate is set, at least 1 hour (or chill about 30 minutes).

Step 5

To remove, gently twist pan to release toffee, then chop or break into chunks. Store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days, or chill airtight up to 1 month.

Step 6

Candy Basics:

Step 7

Before you begin, read the recipe all the way through and assemble all the tools and ingredients you will need. Many candy recipes require that you act quickly once the sugar syrup reaches the desired temperature. Use care when working with hot sugar syrup, as it can cause severe burns.

Step 8

Choose the right pans. Heavy-bottomed stainless steel pans are best for cooking sugar mixtures. Thin, lightweight pans tend to conduct heat--and cook sugar syrup--unevenly.

Step 9

Use a candy thermometer when called for. They meausre temperatures up to 400°. You'll find them in the kitchen-gadget section of many supermarkets, priced between $10 and $

Step 10

Submerge thte bottom of the thermometer completely in the sugar syrup to get an accurate reading. Using a narrow pan with tall sides makes the mixture deeper, but, if necessary, you can gently tilt a shallower pan to submerge the thermometer bottom.

Step 11

Melt chocolate gently for best results. If chocolate gets too hot, it may not set properly and will develop "bloom" (white streaks) on the surface when stored. Stirring chopped chocolate in a pan or bowl over hot, not simmering, water maintains an even, low temperature, resulting in glossy, firmly set chocolate.

Step 12

Nutritional analysis per ounce.

Chef's Notes

A candy thermometer is useful in making this toffee, but you can also go by the color; look for a rich caramel shade in step 2.

Ratings & Reviews

BeckyJ22's Review

November 15, 2012
This is a great toffee recipe and I make it every year at the holidays. You will definitely get requests to make it again if you bring it to a party. I tweaked the recipe by using roasted almonds and chocolate chips. It costs the same to buy the almonds already roasted so it saves time. There are a lot of chocolate chips out there that are of really good bittersweet chocolate so try some out to find one you like - this also saves time and more importantly, the mess of chopping chocolate! With a little patience during the heating process you will have a delicious, and addictive, treat for the holidays. I agree with gardenkim that you need to have a candy themometer to make this. Also I would recommend having all ingredients fully prepped and in arm's reach before you start making it. Once you start you really can't stop so put a chunk of uniterrupted time aside or you'll be sorry. Enjoy!

lkf064's Review

December 23, 2010
This toffee is delicious!! It did take a lot longer than stated to come to 300 degrees on the candy thermomator but you have to wait for it to reach 300! It's definitly worth the wait!

gardenkim's Review

December 17, 2010
This was so easy I'll make it again for sure. I've always steered away from candy making, lava like hot molten sugar and all but this was super easy and quick. It is so much more impressive as a holiday gift than cookies. I did use pecans instead of almonds because we have a pecan tree and I'm always trying to use them up. It gave the recipe a southern flair. I used a candy thermometer and would recommend that you do if attempting this recipe.

CarrieinSeattle's Review

January 01, 2009
This recipe is fantastic! I did tweak it a little to make it less time consuming. I sprinkled the chocolate chips on top and let them melt on the hot toffee. I also used slivered almonds and pressed them in to the melted chocolate. I have never made candy before and I have now been asked to make it again.