This toffee tastes wonderful and takes about 15 minutes to make. My sister and I did three batches in an hour one year for Christmas. I use a cast iron frying pan and sometimes just a few of the almonds to help gauge the readiness.
Great toffee. (TIP - Before you make this, make sure it's not raining or too humid outside. Make this on a dry day or else the toffee will be sticky hard and not turn out). I would disregard the review about using only half of the butter. You will need two sticks of butter to make it right. Directions: melt sugar, butter & water to a boil for about 5 min, or until the sugar has completely dissolved. This will help you avoid getting that awful grainy texture after it cools. Stir constantly w/ a wooden spoon during this 5 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Then remove spoon, reduce heat to medium low and keep at a steady low boil/bubble. Insert candy thermometer and don't stir anymore. If you use a heavy gauge stainless pot and keep it bubbling low it should not burn at all or need stirring. Toffee will need to reach AT LEAST 300 degrees and no more than 310. Take off the heat, add dash of salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla and quickly pour onto a jelly roll pan lined with greased foil or regular parchment paper. Then follow with the rest of the directions. For those who are getting burnt toffee before it reaches 300, your heat is still too high. To make the toffee a little less 'stick-to-your-teeth' - add 3 tablespoons light corn syrup and 3 tablespoons water to the sugar/butter mixture before cooking. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract immediately after you take it off the heat. This will make the toffee more 'melt-in-your-mouth' texture and fail-safe. - 10 Dec 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
After experimenting, here is what I figured out. The toffee turns out amazing if you do two things diffent. First, I used half the amount of butter that was called for. Second, when cooking with sugar, you have to wait for it to caramelize... that means that you should not stop cooking it until it turns into a light chocolate (toffee apple!) color that is thick and creamy. Then let it cool... it will start to harden right away. Be sure to take it off as soon as it turns the light brown color so that it doesn't begin to burn. Happy cooking! - 28 Nov 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This toffee was DELICIOUS and turned out perfectly. I read all of the reviews and decided to follow the correct measurements of the ingredients: 1 cup butter, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, and 2 TB water. I first melted the butter, then added the sugar and water and stirred continually for 5 minutes. Then, I stopped stirring and lowered the gas heat as low as possible. I cooked it for about 15 minutes, stirring every five minutes or so. Then I added the slivered almonds--I used about 1/2 cup, which I am so glad that I did! I then clipped my candy thermometer to the side and continued to stir about every five minutes. When the thermometer reached 300, the mixture had no changed enough yet the rich caramel color, so I raised the heat just a bit and began stirring continuously. When it reach around 312, the color was perfect and I removed it from the heat. I quickly poured it onto a cookie sheet which I had prepared with foil and cooking spray. While I was spreading the toffee (quickly!) I heated 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips in the microwave for about two minutes, stirring once half way through. I then spread the melted chocolate all over (this worked much better than allowing the toffee to melt the chocolate chips). Then I topped the chocolate with chopped walnuts. This was fantastic, delicious toffee which tasted just like toffee I purchased at a craft fair by the Toffee House. Thank you so much for this great recipe--I am about to go make some more right now!!! - 30 Dec 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)