Treacle toffee

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  • Makes: 4 bags

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  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Bit of effort

Treacle toffee is a great addition to a Halloween or Bonfire Night party (but we have also been known to treat ourselves to a few squares outside of these celebrations!). Easy to make, this treacle toffee recipe is a sticky sweet treat that is perfect as a food gift or a sweet treat at special occasions. This recipe makes 4 gift bags worth and will take around 50 mins to make, plus cooling time, so is a simple Saturday activity to do with the kids - just be mindful of how hot the sugar gets. The treacle will set hard so be careful when it comes to breaking with a rolling pin. If you don't want pieces of treacle to fly everywhere when breaking up, place a kitchen or tea towel over the top before smashing. Thanks to the lovely treacle in this recipe the results are rich and dark. Once you've finished cooling your tasty toffee the top should be beautifully smooth and shiny.

To make regular toffee follow this recipe with only the butter and sugar


  • 350g salted butter, softened
  • 200g black treacle
  • 425g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 397g can condensed milk


  1. Gently melt the butter, treacle, sugar and milk in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally. If you stir too often you risk the sugar crystallizing which will result in a grainy treacle toffee.
  2. Once the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth turn up the heat to high and boil to 130C, stirring so the mixture doesn’t catch and burn on the bottom.
  3. Once your toffee mixture has reached 130C, pour into a 24cm x 32 cm baking dish lined with buttered greaseproof paper and leave to sit for 10 mins before putting in the fridge to set.
  4. Once set, bash with a rolling pin to break up and serve, or alternatively pop into little bags as gifts for friends.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Great bonfire toffee but as the other comments have said make sure you boil it to 130c . I invested in a sugar thermometer and I'm glad I did because I would have not boiled it for as long if I hadn't bought one and then my toffee would not have set properly.


Sounds like you never boiled it for long enough..


How long does it take to set?? Mines been in fridge for 15hrs and still not solid


How long does it take to set hard? I folled instructions and its still soft been in fridge since 8pm last night any ideas ?


Outstanding! Kids loved the toffee


Yep, just like my grandma used to make too - sounds like fireworks going off when you bite into it! Easy peasy and v delicious!


I made this for a bonfire party and it got the thumbs up from everyone. It was easy to make and tasted delicious, just like grandma used to make. : )

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