How do I prevent chocolate top layer from falling off English toffee lower layer?

by Steve

Making Chocolate English Toffe - Questions & Answers

Making Chocolate English Toffe - Questions & Answers

After adding a top layer of chocolate onto cooled layer of toffee, it doesn't stick well and falls off when handled; how can I improve this bond between toffee and chocolate?

Hi Steve,

Someone else asked the question Why does the chocolate fall off of my homemade toffee? some time ago.

One of the best suggestions was that you add the chocolate to the toffee while it is still hot. You don't even have to melt the chocolate first.

Just pour the hot toffee into the tray and then immediately place the chocolate pieces for the top layer on top of the toffee. The heat will melt the chocolate and allow you to spread it evenly.

Give that a try and let us know if it works for you.


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Nov 15, 2020
Thank you so much Brian (Dudleys Toffee LLC)
by: Pooja

I know it's quite an old post. But I was having this problem since some time now, which had spoiled 1 too many batches of toffee for me.... I finally followed your tip of letting the toffee cool down at room temperature and then freezing it to harden and it worked like a charm. This tip alone has been a life saver for us, as toffee is one of our best selling items, and with good ingredients going into the making, it's not good to waste so many batches.
Wherever you are, you have my heartfelt gratitude for sharing the tip with us... Thanks a ton.

Dec 04, 2019
Chocolate falling off, and butter questions NEW
by: Kimo

I have been making toffee for decades now, and have often found trouble with chocolate falling off the toffee. I have found that allowing the toffee to cool a bit, then blotting the sugar off of it does help to a degree. I love the idea of coating with cocoa powder - I may try that.
Also, I have found a couple of things matter here - the more cacao content, the more "brittle" the chocolate, and the more likely it is to fall off the toffee. Therefore, higher quality chocolate may actually work against you here, as it is harder and more likely to flake off. A standard semi-sweet may be the best to use.
As far as butter, unsalted is always best to keep your toffee from having too much of a salty bite to it. I have found that higher quality bitter, like LandOLakes tends to have a more consistent water content, and is less likely to separate. If you find that the butter you're using tends to separate, the adding of hot water to the mix is your best option - it's likely because the batch of butter you are using has a bit less water in it.

Jun 11, 2018
How to prevent chocolate from falling off of toffee NEW
by: Sandra Smith

The best way to keep chocolate from falling off the toffee is to blot off the butter with a paper towel.

Oct 24, 2017
Chocolate Sticking secret!!
by: Brian (Dudleys Toffee LLC)

We have produced several tons of toffee over the past 5 years. We have had the issue of chocolate coming off of our toffee on several occasions. Our teqnique that we use now is as follows. We produce about 50 lbs at a time and pour onto a marble slab. After the toffee somewhat hardens we towel off any excess butter with paper towels. After the butter is removed we then rub our toffee down wwith cocoa powder, just enough to get rid of the sheen. Before applying the layer of chocolate we apply a small amount of chocolate and rub that in as well. After rubbing in the small amount of chocolate we then pour our chocolate on top and spread it. One thing to remember is do not put your warm toffee directly in to the refrigerator to cool. This causes the chocoate to cool much faster than the toffee itself. We put our toffee on bakers racks until it is close to room temperature. After that we transfer to our refrigerators. Good Luck, I hope this helps!!

Sep 21, 2016
Fix for Chocolate Falling Off Toffee
by: Angie from

Thanks so very much for taking the time to share that tip about using the cocoa powder to help the chocolate adhere to the toffee. Great idea! I'm sure this will be helpful to many who come along looking for answers to this frustrating problem of the chocolate separating from the toffee.

Angie from

Sep 19, 2016
Cocoa Powder and Toffee
by: Dudleys Toffee LLC

If you are unable to apply your chocolate while the toffee is still soft, you can lightly brush cocoa powder to your toffee, and then apply your chocolate. This will keep the chocolate from separating from your toffee after it is cooled.
Good Luck

Nov 05, 2013
re: chocolate falling off the toffee
by: Mary

I don't have problems with my chocolate falling off of my toffee for the most part. I allow my toffee to cool and then I melt the chocolate in the microwave (I only use Hershey's milk chocolate) - and then I sprinkle on some almonds on top (that have been chopped in the food processor). I then put my toffee in the refrigerator and allow it to set. I live in a very warm climate (Arizona) and so it sets up better in the refrigerator. Once it is set, I then break it up and put in in bags and always put it back in the refrigerator.

Nov 05, 2013
re: toffee and butter
by: Mary

I have been making toffee for 30 years now and I can tell you butter makes a huge difference. Don't buy the store brand and whatever you do, don't buy Challenge butter. I usually buy Land of Lakes or Tillamook butter. Cheaper butter can cause your toffee to fail (worse case scenario) or to separate , while you are stirring it. I have used salted and unsalted butter and it doesn't seem to make a difference.

Dec 17, 2010
Chocolate doesn't stick to toffee
by: Lisa

I have made toffee twice in the past week. The first time it went great. I made it the same way except I might have used different butter. My recipe doesn't specify if I should use unsalted butter or regular butter. Last night my chocolate didn't stick to the toffee. I put the chocolate on as soon as I had the toffee spread out in the pan and didn't wait at all for it to cool. I used my candy thermometer to cook it only until it reached a hard crack and took it off the burner right away. Would the butter make the difference?

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