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Microwave Toffee Recipe

Forget the stovetop! This easy microwave toffee can be made in just 15 minutes. Your holiday goodie trays will never be the same!
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Additional Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Candy & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 474kcal
Author: Natalie Dicks


For the base:

  • 1 c. 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar packed
  • 1 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 1/4 c. chopped toasted nuts pecans, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts

For the topping:

  • 6 oz. chopped chocolate or chocolate chips milk, semisweet, bittersweet or white
  • 1/4 c. chopped toasted nuts pecans, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts
  • pinch flaky sea salt


  • Line a baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a large glass microwave-safe bowl (4 quart is best), combine the butter, sugars, salt, water, and corn syrup.
  • Microwave for 3 minutes on HIGH.
  • Stir in chopped nuts.
  • Microwave for 8-10 minutes on HIGH or until it reaches 300 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
  • Quickly pour and spread onto a silicone lined baking sheet into an even layer about 1/8-inch thick. 
  • Add chocolate and let rest for 3 minutes. Using an offset spatula, gently spread the over top. Sprinkle on nuts and sea salt.
  • Chill until set, about an hour. Break into pieces.


-My microwave is 1000 watts. If yours is lower, you may need to cook it for slightly longer (1-2 minutes). If yours is higher you may need to cook it for a minute less.
-I would not recommend doubling the batch, but instead making two separate batches.
Adapted from Genius Kitchen.


Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 739IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg