Why does the chocolate fall off of my homemade toffee?

by Sharon
(Cedar, Minnesota)

I have made this toffee recepe for about 4 years. Every time I go to put the chocolate on top it falls off once the chocolate has cooled.

I do let the toffee cool a day and then I put the chocolate on top.

I do not know if the toffee should return to room temperature or if I should dab the butter?

I do not do either. Would that help?

Hi Sharon,

Yes, dabbing or wiping off all of the excess butter from the toffee before adding the melted chocolate will help the chocolate to stick to the homemade toffee much better.

Also, I believe you'll have more success if you allow the toffee to come to room temperature before adding the melted chocolate.

Let us know if this solves the problem for you this time when making your chocolate toffee.


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Nov 20, 2018
Nestle chips aren't sticking to my toffee NEW
by: Sheila

I'm so frustrated I never have this problem with kirklands brand and they don't carry it anymore and it's double on Amazon

Dec 19, 2017
Chocolate on Toffee NEW
by: Ken

I let my toffee cool to room temp then use a dry paper towel to wipe off the thin layer of butter on the surface. After that I dampen the paper towel and toughen up the surface of the toffee. I give it one final wipe then apply my melted chocolate. This works quite well in having the chocolate stick to the toffee. I make 12 to 15 batches every Christmas.
I apply crushed pecans onto the still soft chocolate and tamp them into the chocolate using my hand which I place inside a zip lock sandwich bag.

Dec 16, 2010
I've tried everything...LOL
by: Debbie

Well, I've only been making this toffee for a couple of years, but I'm having the problem of the chocolate falling off the toffee when I start to break it up as well. But it's funny....sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't?? I don't know what I'm doing different to cause that??? I use milk chocolate morsels, and sprinkle & spread them as soon as I pour the toffee out on the foil & spread it after it's melted just a few minutes. I usually always put mine in the frig after I've spread the morsels to cool it faster. Could that be the problem??
Or maybe is it that it's a different brand of morsels?? I've used the milk chocolate in the Nestle's, different store brands and the Ghiradelli. Could that be it, coz I can't remember which ones I used that didn't make the chocolate fall off.
It's time to make the toffee for Christmas presents though....so please help....LOL
Merry Christmas to all!

Dec 21, 2009
by: Marilee516

I ALWAYS put the chocolate on the toffee right after the hot candy has been spread out on a cookie sheet. I use chocolate chips and I let them melt for a few minutes, then I spread them out on the still hot candy. After that I sprinkle on finely chopped pecans. I finally let the candy cool for 30-40 minutes before breaking it into pieces. I've never had any trouble with the chocolate falling off.
My recipe is from a 1956 Betty Crocker and it is fantastic.

Dec 16, 2009
After 25 yrs with no problems, my chocolate falls off too!
by: Anonymous

I'd been successfully making toffee for 25 years but a few years ago the chocolate started falling off the finished product. I'm wondering if its because I started heating the chocolate in the microwave as opposed to using a double boiler? I've had limited success with wiping the excess butter off the cooled toffee. Seems that most recipes say to let the chocolate chips melt ON the hot toffee after its been poured into the pan. Maybe I'll try that?

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