Dark Chocolate Hazelnut English Toffee is a homemade, 6 ingredient English toffee that comes together in less than 30 minutes.  It’s perfect for holiday gift giving!

Dark chocolate english toffee in a bowl

Happy Black Friday!  I will be doing anything that doesn’t involve shopping today…I’m more of a Cyber Monday kind of girl.  What about you?  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Dark chocolate english toffee stacked up on parchment paper

I’ve been on a dark chocolate bender as of late, eating my fair share of this fudge, and I’ve also been using a lot of hazelnuts in dishes such as this brussels sprout salad.  

I kept the ball rolling by combining the two, with none other than bourbon.  

I’ve been wanting to make homemade English toffee forever, and since I’ve gotten way too comfortable using my candy thermometer to make caramel sauce, marshmallows, etc., nothing was standing in my way.  

English toffee has always been one of my biggest weaknesses, but I had no idea how easy it was to make.  You can make it in about 30 minutes, and put it down in much less time.  

Figure out who you’re going to give it to and package it up quick, because this stuff is dangerous.  ๐Ÿ™‚

I wanted to give you something that would be great to give as a holiday gift, and this toffee is the perfect thing.  I mean, homemade English toffee?  With dark chocolate and hazelnuts?  Yes, and double yes.

Close up of dark chocolate english toffee in a bowl

We all know that bourbon is great in caramel and desserts, so it wasn’t a stretch adding it here.  You can sub it out with water or another alcohol if you don’t have any on hand — this toffee will still be phenomenal!  Oh, and I forgot to tell you that I added flaky sea salt to the toffee and topped the dark chocolate with it, too.  You all know I get a little crazy with the flaky sea salt.

This toffee is not too sweet — it’s a perfect balance with the dark chocolate, sea salt, bourbon, and beautifully toasted hazelnuts.  Once you try making your own, you may never buy it again — it’s just too easy not to make yourself.  And homemade gifts are always the best gifts, don’t you agree?  The people on your gift list certainly will, and don’t be surprised if they request it from you every year from now until the end of time.  It’ll go down in history. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dark chocolate english toffee in a bowl

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut English Toffee

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut English Toffee is a homemade, 6 ingredients English toffee that comes together in less than 30 minutes. It’s perfect for holiday gift giving!

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  • 1 cup hazelnuts toasted, and roughly chopped, divided*
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon*
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt plus more for the top
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips I used Guittard extra dark


  • Line a rimmed baking sheet (mine was 8 1/2 x 12″) with foil and sprinkle half of the toasted hazelnuts evenly over the foil.
  • In a medium saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer, add butter, sugar, bourbon, corn syrup, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture reaches 290 degrees, or soft crack stage. Be sure to keep a close eye on it as it can burn rapidly. Immediately pour the mixture evenly over the hazelnuts. Let stand for 5 minutes, until firm, but still hot.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the toffee and let them stand for 1-2 minutes or until beginning to melt. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the top of the toffee and sprinkle with remaining nuts and more flaky sea salt, if desired. Chill until it hardens completely, then use a sharp knife to cut. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container and enjoy!


  • Total time above includes 2 hours of chilling time.
  • *I used pre-toasted hazelnut from Trader Joe’s. To toast your own, place hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until fragrant. Place in a bread towel and rub vigorously to remove as much of the skins as possible, then roughly chop.
  • *You may substitute the bourbon for water or alcohol of your choice.
  • I cut my toffee like chocolate bark, using the tip of the knife to help me break them into rustic, jagged pieces.
  • Adapted from Baked Bree.


Calories: 268kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 71mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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