Grandma Louise’s English Toffee

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Hi to all of A Southern Fairytale’s friends! I’m Ruthie from What’s Cooking with Ruthie and I’m super excited to be here with all of you today.

I LOVE Christmas and especially Christmas Baking, it’s the one time a year that I make my Grandma Louise’s Christmas Candy.

My Gram had a cooking show in the 60’s and she’s the inspiration for my blog… baking her candy recipes always reminds me of so many childhood Christmas memories! I’m excited to share one of her recipes with all of you today…

Gram's English Toffee by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Gram’s English Toffee is probably the easiest of her candy recipes to make, it’s such a delicious treat… totally worthy of being a festive neighbor gift 🙂 Gram’s English Toffee is the perfect combination of chocolate and nuts with a buttery middle. It seems like Gram always had some hidden somewhere in her house almost any time of year!

Gram's English Toffee Christmas Candy

Grandma Louise’s English Toffee

English toffee candy, just like grandma used to make.
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  • Recipe from Ruthie
  • 1 lb real butter
  • 3/4 C water
  • 2 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 C Karo syrup
  • 2/3 C finely ground nuts we use walnuts, divided
  • 1- 8 oz Hersey Chocolate bar finely shred 1/2 of it


  • On an un-sprayed cookie sheet, spread 1/3 C ground nuts and finely shredded chocolate. (sprinkle evenly)
  • In a heavy 4 quart pan on medium heat melt butter, add sugar, water, karo.
  • Insert candy thermometer and turn up the heat to medium high cook to 300 degrees, hard crack (280 for high elevations). Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Pour quickly onto cookie sheet.
  • Separate remaining chocolate into squares and set on toffee, when it starts to melt push the chocolate around with a knife until completely melted, and spread evenly over toffee.
  • Top with remaining nuts.
  • Cool for 2 hours in a cool place. Break into pieces and serve.
Author: Rachel

Gram's English Toffee by whatscookingwithruthie.com

You may also enjoy Gram’s Christmas Karamels or her fabulous Christmas Fudge (the old fashioned kind, no microwaving here). My Gram passed away of Breast Cancer in 1996 and I love these recipes because I’m reminded of our Christmas Baking together. I hope you enjoy these candy recipes this Holiday Season, they’re a tradition around our house… we look forward to the Holidays rolling around every year JUST to have Gram’s candies again!

Thanks so much to the ladies of Bake, Craft, Sew Along for including me in this years event! I love all these ladies and their incredible talent… I hope your Holidays are Merry and overflowing with the aroma of Christmas Baking.



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