Cinder toffee

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By Carmenere

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  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 5 tbsp sugar (granulated is best, but caster and brown also work)

  • 2 tbsp golden syrup


  1. Line a small baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. Place the sugar and syrup in a medium sized saucepan.
  3. Without stirring, allow the mixture to melt, just shake the saucepan a little to ensure it has mixed together.
  4. The mix will bubble up and when it has turned a deep golden colour drop a tiny bit into a glass of water, if it goes into a firm ball, it is ready.
  5. Quickly whisk in the bicarbonate of soda - this will cause the toffee to bubble up in an alarming fashion!
  6. Immediately pour the bubbling toffee into the lined baking tray and allow to cool.

Handy Hint

Before the toffee has completely set, lightly score into squares with a knife as this will allow you to break neatly when it is set.

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Nut Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Snack

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Winter

  • Biscuit and sweets

  • Low fat

  • Make Ahead

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  • GoldenPeppermintCreams 04/11/12 08:22

    Very easy to make. Just make sure that your bicarb is fresh and you wait until it's turned a dark maple syrup colour before adding the bicarb in. There are videos on you tube if you aren't sure.

  • GreatGooglyMoogly 08/02/10 14:30

    Golden syrup is only ever called golden syrup and is generally in a green tin or bottle. If in the US you should be able to find it in the Irish aisle of the supermarket.

  • BigHairyLeggedSpider 07/11/09 21:42

    Made this with DSS2 today and it's great! I think he was a bit enthusiastic with the bicarb though... Bubble tastic!

  • TheBlairSnitchProject 07/11/09 13:53

    Fabulous and soooo easy! All my friends think I'm a super clever Domestic Goddess now and I feel like a bit of a fraud :) Soak the pan in hot water and a bit of washing up liquid afterwards to get the leftovers off the pan

  • BonzoDoodah 06/11/09 18:51

    Super quick and easy and yummy but ooh my fillings!

  • CheerfulYank 06/11/09 18:33

    What's golden syrup? Is it one of those American/English-words-being-different things, or is it one of those CheerfulYank's-not-a-good-cook things? :)

  • Kittyblueit 05/11/09 22:28

    Hi, Does anyone know how long the toffee lasts for?

  • smiler76 05/11/09 22:17

    mmm lovely, really easy, quick and tasty yummmm

  • VickyA 05/11/09 16:48

    Hmmmm... Mine tasted burnt when it was a deep golden colour - the second time I wimped out just after the sugar had melted and it was still v. pale gold, and it worked much better, although DS still not keen (I think his palate was a touch tainted by the "smoky" taste of the first). You need to get it out of the saucepan asap after it's started fizzing as it sticks all the way out so you could lose a lot of, erm, calories!. Top tip to clean the saucepan afterwards - rinse out with boiling water.

  • 05/11/09 13:26

    very easy to make and very tasty!

  • 05/11/09 13:26

    very easy to make and very tasty!

  • TJS 05/11/09 13:08

    Very yummy - now just need to get the toffee off the spoon and the pan rim!

  • Carmenere 22/10/08 11:08

    This toffee is ridiculously easy to make, however be careful of your fillings.