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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.50 / 5 (309 votes)

Prep time:
20 min, plus setting
Cook time:
25 min

Christine Grimshaw shares her favourite recipe for glossy toffee - perfect for passing around at Halloween and Bonfire Night parties


1. Line a 15cm square tin with greaseproof or parchment paper.

2. Put the syrup, sugar, butter and water into a large heavy-bottomed pan set over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, before turning up the heat and bringing to the boil.

3. Cook, without stirring until a teaspoon of the hot toffee mixture becomes a hard ball when dropped into a jug of cold water. If you have a sugar thermometer, it should register 138C. Remove the pan from the heat.

4. Add the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to the pan - take care as the toffee mixture will bubble up and rise in the pan. Pour immediately into the lined tin and leave on one side.

5. After about 15- 20 minutes, when the mixture has begun to set, score the toffee in square shapes, using a sharp knife. Break along the lines when it has completely set. The toffee will keep in an airtight tin for up to two weeks.

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I lost my old recipe and was not sure of the ratios for the ingredients so this recipe was great. Just like old times Smile Will take into work tomorrow for a treat!

DianeW27 DianeW27  Posted 15 Oct 2013 7:36 PM

I have made this twice and mine does not froth up.....

tla tla  Posted 22 Nov 2011 1:49 PM

This toffee has a wonderful buttery flavour, great!

Celia Good Food Celia Good Food  Posted 08 Nov 2010 9:28 AM

great ricipe will make again next firework night xx

Lemonchello Lemonchello Posted 07 Nov 2010 10:28 AM

I have only been able to successfully make this a couple of times despite measuring temperature... Maybe use granulated instead?

oliverK3416 oliverK3416 Posted 07 Mar 2010 4:07 PM

It tastes realy nice, except every time i make this, it sticks!

amplead amplead Posted 30 Sep 2009 4:50 PM

i love this recipe; thanks a bunch!
lolz i love pie too

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 28 Jun 2009 2:13 PM

Haven't tried it yet, but looks just like the recipe I used to use years ago.Will go and try it now. thanks.

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 27 Jun 2009 6:56 PM

very good

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 26 Jun 2009 12:06 PM

i made this for halloween and went down well with everyone! very easy to make and absolutely yummy!!

CarlyC19660 CarlyC19660 Posted 04 Nov 2008 11:06 PM

I have followed this recipe and my cinder toffee turned out very well!

amplead amplead Posted 25 May 2008 5:47 PM