I cannot imagine the Christmas holidays without making my grandmother’s toffee. Unfortunately for the past few months, nuts and I do not agree. I did make a few batches to give out to clients and then I decided it was time for me to be able to enjoy some as well. Hence this quick and easy recipe for Nut-Free Toffee was born.

Toffee cannot go without some crunch along with every bite. I tried using some dried fruit but the end result was not the crunch I was looking for. Then I stumbled upon some nibs in the pantry. It was a Christmas miracle as now I can enjoy some toffee that is almost like my grandmother’s but still is equally as good. The nibs add not only a bit of crunch but also extra chocolatey flavor.

Nut-Free Toffee


  • 3/4 cup cocoa nibs
  • 1 cup brown sugar – I use light or dark
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped chocolate – I use dark

How To:

  1. Butter a 9″ x 9″ pan.
  2. Sprinkle half of the nibs over the bottom.
  3. Place the brown sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, gently heat over medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Stir often to prevent burning.
  4. Add the water and water, stir and cook over medium-low heat until light brown, bubbly and the temperature reaches 285 degrees.
  5. Pour over the nibs in the buttered pan.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining nibs over the top along with the finely chopped chocolate.
  7. Cool.
  8. Break into pieces.
  9. Serve.
  10. Eat.
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