The best Homemade Almond Toffee ever! Only 8 ingredients make this delicious holiday treat that is naturally gluten-free! Perfect to give as gifts to your neighbors and friends!

One of my favorite childhood memories is baking Christmas treats with my family! We always packaged them up and gave our creations to neighbors and friends {and of course ate our fair share too}! And what is Christmas without candy? My dad makes amazing toffee, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps! So I learned how to make it, tweaked the original recipe a bit, and ended up with  this Homemade Almond Toffee!

And let me just tell you…this is, hands down, the absolute best Homemade Almond Toffee recipe out there. I love the way the almonds add a little nutty crunch to every buttery, sugary bite! The rich vanilla flavor aways leaves me wanting more! My neighbors and friends love receiving this as a gift for the holidays, and I’m excited to share this recipe with all of you so you can spread the toffee love! Even your gluten-free friends can enjoy this homemade treat!

The best Homemade Almond Toffee ever! Only 8 ingredients make this delicious holiday treat that is naturally gluten-free! Perfect to give as gifts to your neighbors and friends!

Some notes about this Homemade Almond Toffee: 

This recipe needs your undivided attention:

For real, you have to stir the toffee for 45 minutes straight. No stopping, no potty breaks. This is why I  make it when my husband is home to wrangle the kids. I cannot take a break to wipe a nose or change a diaper {because hello the toffee must be perfect}!

Follow the recipe exactly:

I do not recommend any substitutions whatsoever. If it ain’t broke please don’t try to fix it! Be sure you buy blanched, slivered almonds (no skins, shaped like little spears).

There are two ways you can get creative here…

1)  Feel free to use any variety of chocolate chips you would like {milk, semi-sweet, dark, etc}!

2) Dress your toffee up with some toppings… crushed almonds, sprinkles, sea salt, etc….let your imagination run wild! {I am a purist, hence why there are no toppings on mine, but you can go nuts–literally LOL}!

The best Homemade Almond Toffee ever! Only 8 ingredients make this delicious holiday treat that is naturally gluten-free! Perfect to give as gifts to your neighbors and friends!

 Use a thermometer to test for doneness:

This toffee needs to be cooked to just about the Soft Crack stage {265 to 270 degrees F}! There are certain ways to tell you’re getting close to the end, but monitoring the temperature is the surest way to know the toffee is ready! I use my Thermapen every time I make candy, and I love it! Seriously, I couldn’t live without my Thermoworks thermometers in my kitchen, especially not my Thermapen!

Two indicators that your toffee is close to done are:

  1. The toffee becomes firm enough to form a shape when stirred with the spatula. (i.e. it doesn’t immediately rush back to the sides of the pan like a liquid does).
  2. Both the mixture and the almonds become a darker brown…almost like a roasted golden color!

The best Homemade Almond Toffee ever! Only 8 ingredients make this delicious holiday treat that is naturally gluten-free! Perfect to give as gifts to your neighbors and friends!

Homemade Almond Toffee

15 minutes

45 minutes

Total Time: 25 hours

Yield: a LOT of toffee!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Grease a large baking pan with butter, set aside.
  2. Grease one side of a spatula with butter, set aside.
  3. Add water, sugar, butter, corn syrup and sea salt into a large, deep saucepan or pot (4 quart minimum capacity). Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted.
  4. As soon as the butter is melted add the almonds.
  5. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly with a spatula (that can withstand high heat) for about 45 minutes.
  6. As it cooks, the mixture will bubble and begin to thicken. You must stir constantly (i.e. do not leave the stove for 45 minutes).
  7. You will know your toffee is done when a few things happen: *The toffee becomes firm enough to form a shape when stirred with the spatula. *The mixture turns a darker brown *The almonds turn darker brown *The best way to check if the candy is done is using a thermometer to be sure it has reached 265 to 270 degrees F.
  8. As soon as your toffee reaches 265 degrees F add the vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
  9. Once the toffee is done, QUICKLY dump the mixture onto your buttered cookie sheet and spread it evenly with your buttered spatula.
  10. Pour the chocolate chips on top of the warm toffee. Let them sit for 5 minutes then spread evenly.
  11. Let the pan sit at room temperature for 24 hours or overnight.
  12. After 24 hours, break the toffee into pieces with your hands and enjoy!
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The best Homemade Almond Toffee ever! Only 8 ingredients make this delicious holiday treat that is naturally gluten-free! Perfect to give as gifts to your neighbors and friends!

I make this Homemade Almond Toffee and give it as gifts to our friends. The challenge for me is hiding it from my husband and kids so that they don’t eat the entire batch before I can wrap it up and deliver it! 😉

Question: Have you ever made Homemade Almond Toffee? What’s your favorite treat to give as a gift at Christmas time? 

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