Easy Cashew Sea Salt Toffee


Ready in minutes, this toffee takes all the guesswork out of candy making, and is by far the most requested holiday treat I make. My family won't let me in the door without a few batches in tow. Makes a great gift wrapped up in a holiday tin!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Additional Time:
47 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 9-inch disk toffee


  • ½ cup butter or margarine

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Diamond Crystal® Sea Salt, divided

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped cashews, divided

  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips or chopped milk chocolate


  1. Butter the top edges of a 2-quart microwave-safe casserole. Add butter, 1 teaspoon of the Diamond Crystal® Sea Salt, sugar, and water to the casserole. DO NOT STIR. Microwave on high for 6 to 8 minutes. Check contents for color change. Continue microwaving on high a minute at a time until the mixture just begins to turn a tan color. You need to watch it carefully, and remember: DON'T STIR.

  2. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the chopped cashews into a 9-into circle on a Silpat mat, parchment paper, or on a buttered baking sheet.

  3. Carefully pour the liquid mixture evenly over the top of the cashews. Immediately sprinkle on the chocolate chips. Allow to sit for 1 minute to melt the chocolate.

  4. Use spatula to smooth out chocolate over the entire sheet of candy.

  5. Sprinkle the remaining cashews and 1/4 teaspoon Diamond Crystal® Sea Salt over the top. Refrigerate to cool completely. When cool, break into bite-sized pieces. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.


If the butter releases from the toffee, it probably cooked a bit too long. When it happens I just tilt the pan so that the butter runs away from the toffee before it cools. Works well with other nuts and chocolate combinations also.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
23g Fat
39g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 576mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 3g
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 77mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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