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English Toffee Bars

Meet the Cook: My mother and I get together every year around Christmastime to make this delicious chocolate-coated toffee, using a recipe she got years ago in a cooking class. It's a tradition I plan to continue with my daughters and grandchildren. Our families and friends wait with mouths watering for their packages. -Dianne Brooks, Augusta, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + standing
  • Makes
    2-1/4 pounds


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1-3/4 cups butter, softened, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped


  • Butter a 15x10x1-in. pan with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside. In a heavy 3-qt. saucepan, melt the remaining butter. Add sugar and corn syrup; cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 295° (soft-crack stage). Remove from the heat; stir in pecans and salt.
  • Quickly pour into prepared pan. Let stand for 5 minutes. Using a sharp knife, score into lines. Let stand at room temperature until cool.
  • Separate into squares, using a sharp knife if necessary. In a microwave, melt candy coating, stirring often. Dip squares, one at a time, in coating. Place on waxed paper until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 ounce-weight: 214 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 110mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • MSGTwifeUSMC
    Oct 27, 2017

    Absolutely delicious! I followed the instructions exactly and it turned out amazing! It is very easy to make, do make sure your thermometer is correct, mine was showing cooler than it was.

  • 2KAYZ
    Jun 10, 2014

    Great recipe and super easy!!!!

  • Carla9
    Dec 19, 2013

    This turned out great. I added some very finely ground nuts to the top of the chocolate. Also I didn't dip but put the melted chocolate on top only. I made 25 pounds (with a helper), to give as wrapped gifts at the party u gave for my Dad's 100th birthday party and got numerous compliments on it. Going to make some to give away for Christmas too.

  • lottieda
    Nov 27, 2012

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  • Chocolateeyes
    Nov 11, 2011

    This is delicious! I made this years ago when it first was printed and it was great! Did again today and once again a big hit!

  • zane425
    Dec 23, 2010

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  • jarosch
    May 11, 2010

    What is milk chocolate candy coating?

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    Oct 22, 2009


  • Roberta96
    Dec 21, 2008

    I had never tried to make a candy before, but this was so easy to make and delicious. At room temperature the center is soft enough for us older folks with dentures to eat comfortably. If you prefer a harder center, I suggest cooking a minute longer.

  • AlaneGandy
    Dec 16, 2008

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