You can make this English Toffee at home for friends and family for special occasions or as holiday gifts. In about 30 minutes, you will have a tasty delight that will wow your friends.
Don't be intimidated if you make this English toffee without a candy thermometer. You will develop an instinct to know by observation when it's reached the right temperature. The bubbles will become smaller and the mixture will thicken and darken as it cooks. When the mixture is the color of a deep caramel and the bubbles thicken, your caramel is probably ready. Testing: You can drop a spoonful of the boiling mixture into a glass with cold water. If you see pliable threads, it's reached the soft crack stage. If the threads are brittle, you have reached the hard rock stage. In the event you remove the caramel too soon (when it's reached the soft crack stage), your English toffee will still be delicious, but will be softer. It will be hard directly out of the refrigerator but softer if left out.