Chocolate Almond Toffee

Chocolate Almond Toffee
What happens when life gets busy?

You make toffee, and then completely forget to post the recipe!

Chocolate Almond Toffee
Real life confession: this recipe for chocolate almond toffee got lost inside my computer, until about a week ago.

I brought a batch of this toffee home to Minnesota when we visited (over Christmas, eekk! I told you it got lost!) and it was a crowd favorite.

Before this recipe I never tried my hand at making toffee. It seemed scary and I thought it required a candy thermometer, which I didn’t want to buy for just 1 recipe.

But this recipe is so easy to tackle AND no candy thermometer needed, woohoo!!

Chocolate Almond Toffee

Chocolate Almond Toffee

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: One 9x13 inch pan of toffee


  • 1 cup unblanched (skin on) whole almonds
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (or one 12 oz package)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans


  1. Toast the almonds by spreading them in a single layer on a plate and microwaving on high for 2-3 minutes (stir after each minute).  
  2. On foil-lined 9x13 inch baking sheet, arrange almonds in a single layer.
  3. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan combine the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Heat over medium to high heat, stirring constantly till the butter is melted.
  4. Continue cooking and stirring for approximately 7 to 10 minutes till candy is the color of the brown skin of the almonds. It's okay if its starts bubbling or slightly smoking, keep stirring till it's the color of the almond.
  5. Immediately pour the hot candy mixture over the almonds.  
  6. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the hot toffee. Wait 1 minute and spread the melted chocolate until it is smooth over the toffee.  
  7. Sprinkle with the chopped pecans.  
  8. Let the toffee cool in the fridge until hard, then break it into pieces.
  9. Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from The Yummy Life.

Chocolate Almond Toffee
I am definitely a chocolate and nuts kind of girl so this recipe is completely addicting to me!

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32 Responses to “Chocolate Almond Toffee”

  1. Shannon Hawk — February 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

    This looks delicious!

  2. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — February 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    When life gets busy, you make toffee. Best idea ever :) This almond toffee looks so good Beth! As always, loving your photos :)

    • The First Year Blog — February 14, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Life gets busy a lot, so maybe I should start making toffee more often!

  3. Rebecca — February 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I love how easy this is! I’ve never made toffee (or candy) before either, but this doesn’t seem as intimidating as I thought toffee would be at all. Plus I definitely won’t complain if I don’t have to run out and get a candy thermometer. I’m glad you remembered this recipe!

  4. Catherine — February 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Dear Beth, Your toffee bark looks delicious. I know what you mean about lost recipes! I just discovered a few I forgot to share too. Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Happy Valentine’s Day and have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Catherine xo

  5. Erin | The Law Student's Wife — February 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Thank goodness you found this recipe. I adore toffee!! YUM

    • The First Year Blog — February 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Haha, I am glad I found it too Erin!

  6. Kathy Penney (@SparklesKathy) — February 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

    This looks divine! Toffee might be one of my favorite things in the world. Visiting from Cheerios and Lattes. If you’re still sharing this weekend I’d love if you’d bring this gorgeous toffee to All Things Pretty.

  7. Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe — February 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    This looks delicious and sounds very easy – glad you found it! [#PinItThurs]

    • The First Year Blog — February 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks for stopping by today Chris!

  8. Allyson — February 15, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I make toffee all the time, and it’s literally the ONLY recipe I use my candy thermometer for. I didn’t use one for a while, and then I messed up a batch, bought one, and never looked back…the timing has to be JUST right for the toffee to come out perfect, otherwise you are SOL! This looks great!

    • The First Year Blog — February 16, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Well if you’re ready to put your candy thermometer on the shelf, try this recipe!

  9. Zainab — February 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    No way this should have gone missing! So glad you found it. I love toffee and chocolate. I’m a huge fan!!

    • The First Year Blog — February 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      So glad our palates agree! :-)

  10. Amy W — February 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Oh my. I LOVE toffee and yours looking amazing. I love your photography of it, as well. Please stop by and share at our link party!

    • The First Year Blog — February 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Oh,thank you Amy! I will come by!

  11. Lindsay — February 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    This is the kind of thing I could eat every night (although I probably shouldn’t). Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. threekidsandafish — February 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    You make the best things and this is no exception, this looks amazing :-) Checking this out from inspiration monday link party!

  13. Gloria Phillips — February 18, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    That is too funny you totally forgot about posting this delicious recipe! No matter what season it is, these would still rock!

    • The First Year Blog — February 18, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      I agree with you Gloria!

  14. Jodee — February 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Chocolates, almonds, toffee…perfect! Looks delicious. I love this because it has all the things I love. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Noel Lizotte — February 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    lol That’s happened to me before … in fact just this week my husband found a Christmas cookie recipe, lying somewhere in our house remodel project and brought it back to me. He didn’t say anything, just placed it in a conspicuous place (my placemat) on the kitchen table!

  16. kloesunny @ Kloe's Kitchen — February 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Yum! This looks so good! Your blog is beautiful. Happy baking and crafting! <3

  17. You post the most AMAZING recipes! I adore me some chocolate and toffee. Mmmm This looks to die for!

    • The First Year Blog — February 20, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Aww, thank you Heather! So sweet!

  18. Kelly — February 22, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I’m so glad you found this recipe Beth – I love toffee! I have never tried making toffee either but totally need to try making some of your almond toffee – it rocks :)


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