What Is Toffee Sauce?

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Toffee sauce is a type of topping for desserts and fruit that is derived from butter and caramelized sugar. Traditional toffee candies have a rich flavor that can complement other sweets, such as chocolate. The sauce is very versatile and is used to top off cold treats, chocolates, and fruits, as well as an array of nuts. Toffee sauce can be made at home and is also available in jars at grocery stores.

The primary ingredients in this sauce are butter and brown sugar. For a less rich taste, some chefs use table sugar. Condensed milk and water liquefy the ingredients so that the sauce can be poured easily onto various foods. Some cooks like to use extra condensed milk for thinner sauce to be drizzled on delicate desserts. for an additional sweetness, vanilla extract is sometimes also added.

Aside from the basic ingredients, there are different items that cooks can add to create variations of the original toffee sauce. Crushed almonds or hazelnuts are used to give it a nutty taste and a thicker sauce. If less thickness is desired, nut extracts may be used. Some chefs also prefer to add baking soda to the sauce for a more distinct flavor.


Chefs might also mix toffee sauce with other types of sauces for a unique mixture. Creamy peanut butter adds a nutty flavor that also thickens the sauce, while chocolate generally complements the toffee taste well, as it is a favorite in the hard candy versions. Honey and maple syrup are also common additives to make the sauce even richer, but the resulting stickiness may make it difficult to pour.

Toffee sauce is versatile for different types of foods. Traditionally, the rich sauce is used as a topping for cakes, pies, and ice cream. Fruit can also be dipped into the sauce as a type of fondue. Keep in mind that toffee sauce thickens immediately, so it may need to be kept warm in a fondue pot when used as a dipping sauce. Once the sauce is dripped onto the desired foods, chefs sometimes like to add additional toppings, including sesame seeds, nuts, and fruit bits.

Making toffee sauce only takes a few minutes, depending on the type of ingredients used. The lengthiest part of the process is the melting of the butter. Once all other items are combined, the sauce is ready to use once the pan is removed from the burner. It may be wise to make just enough sauce due to its thickening effect after cooling.



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Post 4

For those of you who have made your own toffee sauce is this similar to making candy? When I make candy, I have to continually stir my ingredients, and would think this would be the same way with making toffee sauce.

I have an old fashioned caramel recipe that is made from butter, sugar and corn syrup. This sounds very similar to what a toffee sauce would taste like. It takes a little practice to get it just right, but the time and effort sure pays off.

Post 3

I am starting to get hungry just thinking about some of this warm, sticky sauce. I have a traditional toffee sauce recipe that uses condensed milk, butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and some vanilla.

This sauce can be really sticky when it gets hard, so I like to keep it in a fondue pot and serve it warm with pieces of fruit. We have dipped everything from apples, pears, oranges and strawberries in this sauce.

I don't think there is a fruit that wouldn't taste good dipped in this sweet sauce.

Post 2

Toffee is one of my favorite candies, and I like it whether it is made into a hard candy or is soft and chewy.

I have never tried toffee with peanut butter, but this sounds like it would be a wonderful combination. I think I would like this even better than caramel sauce on my ice cream.

You just can't beat a warm, sticky toffee sauce drizzled on top of some homemade vanilla ice cream. The next time I make some of this, I am going to try adding some peanut butter to the sauce and see how I like it.

Post 1

My mom has a toffee recipe that has been in the family for many years. We always look forward to this treat every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This is certainly a rich treat that is not very figure friendly, but it sure tastes good. She makes a toffee sauce and pours this over chocolate and walnuts that are mixed together.

This toffee recipe is a big favorite in our family and will usually be gone even before the fudge and peanut brittle are.

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