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Chocolate Peppermint Toffee Recipe for the Holidays

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With the holidays around the corner, there’s no better time to start baking and making your favorite holiday treats. I wanted to mix things up by making homemade chocolate peppermint toffee—it doesn’t have to be December to start baking.

You can eat this by itself or you can use it to top off any of your favorite holiday desserts or drinks! The peppermint toffee almost reminds me of peppermint bark—I love me some toffee crunch.

Who doesn’t love the holiday season?! Nothing makes me happier than eggnog, Christmas cookies, pie, and all the classic desserts (like this Cranberry Apple Crisp)—they’re all like Christmas crack for me.

I also love that you can gift baked goods during the holidays. This mini pound cake recipe is perfect to share with family and friends. I also think these kolaczki cookies sound delicious!

And baking can be a fun family activity too! One of my favorite holiday activities is decorating cut out sugar cookies. I love seeing all the different decorating styles!

Try this super easy and super delicious toffee recipe that will be the star this holiday season. Bring on the baking sheet and crushed candy canes and let’s get baking!

Chocolate Peppermint Toffee Recipe

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Photo by Erica Garlieb


40 saltine crackers

1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks)

1 cup of brown sugar

2 cups of chocolate chips (milk or dark)

10 candy canes (crushed)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a large jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Arrange a single layer of saltine crackers on the pan. Be sure to make sure the crackers are touching—get as many crackers in the layer.

In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring to combine. Once it boils, stop stirring and let it continue to boil for three more minutes (stirring the toffee after boiling can cause crystallization aka gritty toffee).

Remove the sugar mixture and carefully pour the mixture evenly over the saltine crackers.

Bake pan for 10 minutes.

Remove pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let them sit for a few minutes to melt, then spread the chocolate with a spatula (if it doesn’t easily melt, return the pan to the oven for 30-60 seconds).

Sprinkle melted chocolate topped with the crushed candy cane and let cool completely. Then, put it in the fridge or freezer to set.

Remove from the fridge or freezer and pull toffee up out of the pan. Peel the parchment off the back and use a sharp knife to cut it into pieces.

peppermint toffee

A Few Recipe Notes:

Feel free to use whatever non-stick spray you’d like (I prefer coconut oil spray).

You can also make graham cracker toffee instead of saltine cracker toffee. Some people prefer graham crackers over crackers (saltine).

You can store the leftover toffee by sealing it in an airtight container in the pantry for 1 – 2 weeks or freeze it for 2 months.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous in the kitchen, I recommend tackling Mary Berry’s Apple Cake recipe next. It would be the perfect things to bring to a family gathering or to gift for the holidays!

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Recipe by guest contributor Lindsay Kinder, of Food La La, your go-to for the hows, whats, and whys of cooking healthy, but delicious food!

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What’s the difference between caramel and toffee?

Caramel and toffee may taste the same, however, caramel is cooked at a lower temperature to make it more malleable while toffee is cooked at a higher temperature to make it crunchy.

Why is my toffee grainy?

Toffee will become grainy due to crystallization. This is caused by the sugar crystal that forms on the sides that get stirred down into the syrup.

Can toffee go bad?

Yes, toffee can go bad after 2 months.

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