No Thermometer Needed Easy Toffee

This Easy Toffee is SO SIMPLE and is made entirely WITHOUT a candy thermometer! Crunchy, sweet, buttery and decadent, it's great to give as gifts too! I am SO EXCITED about this recipe today!

If you’re anything like me, candy thermometers kinda freak you out. Honey, I get you. I’m not a fan either. They’re too official and scary and cold and hard and heartless. (Can you tell I loathe them?) So if I can avoid using one at all costs, I’m on board.

But making candy at home often requires them, and toffee is usually no exception. However, this recipe is completely made with trust, love, and good old-fashioned perfect timing. It’s made in ten minutes – five to boil the mixture, and five to let it sit before spreading the chocolate – and then it just needs a couple hours in the fridge to set.

It starts with butter – two sticks – and 1 & 1/2 cups of brown sugar. Simply bring the mixture to a boil and boil, stirring constantly, for five minutes precisely. Pour the mixture into a greased and foil-lined baking pan and top with chocolate chips. Throw that sucker into the microwave (without turning the microwave on) and let it sit undisturbed for five minutes – this will help melt the chocolate. Spread the chocolate into an even layer, and top with whatever you like – I’ve topped mine with Heath chocolate toffee bits, but this would be great with chopped almonds or pecans.

Then simply let it set in the fridge for a couple hours before snapping it into pieces. It’s really as simple as that. No thermometers, no tricks, no jokes. Five minutes boiling, five minutes sitting, a couple hours setting. Done and done!

Now who wants some?!

This Easy Toffee is SO SIMPLE and is made entirely WITHOUT a candy thermometer! Crunchy, sweet, buttery and decadent, it's great to give as gifts too!

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No Thermometer Needed Easy Toffee
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Serves: 4-6
This Easy Toffee is a delectable holiday treat that's made without a candy thermometer! So simple, fast and foolproof.
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter (I used unsalted)
  • 1 & ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • About ⅔ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • About ½ cup Heath milk chocolate toffee bits (or chopped nuts - whichever you prefer)
  1. Line an 8 or 9-inch square pan with foil, allowing the edges of the foil to hang over the pan. Grease the foil lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring the butter and brown sugar together over medium heat, stirring to help melt the butter. Bring the mixture to a boil, and stirring constantly, boil the mixture for exactly five minutes. Mixture will be thicker and caramel colored.
  3. Pour the toffee into the prepared pan. Immediately sprinkle with the semi-sweet chocolate chips and place the pan in the microwave so it can sit undisturbed for five minutes. Remove from oven and spread the chocolate into an even layer; immediately top with the toffee bits or nuts, if using. Allow toffee to come to room temperature before placing in the fridge to set for about an hour or two. Break into pieces.

This Easy Toffee is SO SIMPLE and is made entirely WITHOUT a candy thermometer! Crunchy, sweet, buttery and decadent, it's great to give as gifts too! My family and I could not stop eating this delectable, decadent, crunchy toffee. I still wish we had leftovers!

Want more toffee goodness? Check out these other recipes!

Peanut Butter ToffeeSalted Peanut Butter Toffee

Toffee Tiramisu BrowniesToffee Tiramisu Brookies

Sticky Toffee Pudding CookiesSticky Toffee Pudding Cookies

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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  1. You’re a genius, Haley! This toffee looks amazing AND perfect AND easy! Love it!!!

  2. Every year we make gift baskets for my grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Throughout the year, my boyfriend and I do a lot of canning so that we can stuff these baskets full of delicious, homemade treats. I think we’re going to have to add toffee to this list.

  3. YES! No candy thermometers for the win! I can make this too now 🙂

  4. I love candy recipes that do not require a thermometer. I have the worst luck with thermometers!

  5. I love simple and easy recipes like this!!! Toffee doesn’t last long around me though…I know I would eat this entire batch too!

  6. Hi, Should I add the vanilla at the beginning while I’m cooking it, or at the end after it’s off the heat but before I pour it into the pan. It looks terrific–this is my sister’s favorite type of candy–I can hardly wait to try it.

  7. I tried this, and even though I boiled it for five minutes exactly, it didn’t work.
    I think that there’s an element of luck to this recipe that you can eliminate by using a candy thermometer (unfortunately for me)!

  8. Why do I have to put the pan in a microwave?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi John, just to help the chocolate melt. You don’t have to, but I like to so it isn’t disturbed and so the microwave traps the heat to melt the chocolate.

  9. corrina johnson says:

    this looks so good but when do you add the vanilla

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