Definition of toffee in US English:



  • 1A kind of firm or hard candy that softens when sucked or chewed, made by boiling together sugar and butter, often with other ingredients or flavorings added.

    • ‘Traditional bonfire treats including black peas, baked potatoes, parkin, toffee apples and treacle toffee were also on offer.’
    • ‘They are chocolate sweets with chewy toffee in the middle.’
    • ‘A caramel apple double-dipped in white chocolate and crunchy toffee is the stuff of dreams.’
    • ‘They are served with arequipe, milk cooked with sugar until it resembles toffee.’
    • ‘You can't buy chocolates, or toffee; flowers cost so much that I have to pick leaves instead.’
    • ‘Then, at age eighteen, I thought I had at long last found the final frontier in a now-crunchy, now-melty mouthful of coffee-walnut toffee.’
    • ‘To begin with, it was all puddings and cakes and sweets, and I would make fudge, toffee, nougat.’
    • ‘But it's heavenly with chocolate pudding, adding flavours of dates, raisins and burnt toffee.’
    • ‘By the age of 10 I was boiling up fudge, toffee and Turkish delight with, it seemed to me, only the merest hint of adult supervision.’
    • ‘Generations of Scots have been weaned on the snack, which is actually a stack of wafers sandwiched together with toffee and coated in chocolate.’
    • ‘As confectionery, they differ depending on the temperature at which they are cooked: fudge is the softest, toffee firmer and caramel almost brittle.’
    • ‘If you are going to make your own sugar syrup, do any hot sugar work or make toffee, just remember that it gets fearsomely hot.’
    • ‘It was a combination of biscuit, toffee and chocolate with an icing decoration.’
    • ‘She put caramel, toffee, and rich chocolate frosting into one brownie!’
    • ‘Apart from sharing Ann's selection, I settled for a piece of toffee and coffee cake.’
    • ‘The ramekin dish was topped with slices of banana and strawberry, but underneath the fruit someone had been a little heavy-handed with the blowtorch, and what should have been crispy toffee was actually burnt sugar.’
    • ‘You'll be rewarded with deep flavor and candy that sets up perfectly every time, as in the case of our classic buttery almond toffee and our pretty cashew brittle.’
    • ‘Refrigerate until the toffee is firm, about one hour.’
    • ‘My one true passion at the time was to devour anything with abnormally large amounts of sugar, chocolate or toffee.’
    • ‘The banoffee pie featured dry, stick-to-your-teeth pastry without any flavour of butter and runny toffee which tasted like barely-caramelised condensed milk.’
    piece of confectionery, chocolate, bonbon, fondant
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    1. 1.1 A small shaped piece of toffee candy.
      • ‘Following recent takeovers, it has now extended its range to include wine gums, fruit pastilles, jelly beans and traditional boiled sweets, toffees and fudge.’
      • ‘But we must have looked so crestfallen that she smiled and gave us a toffee each.’
      • ‘The lychees are the modern eater's answer to a bag of toffees.’
      • ‘You can find it in sodas, candies, toffees, even ice cream and chewing gum, but don't expect to get much of a dose.’
      • ‘Combine the toffees and milk in a small heavy saucepan and cook over a low heat, stirring often, until the toffees melt.’
      • ‘He shrugged, quickly, and stuffed the toffees back into his pocket.’
      • ‘Avoid or restrict sugary foods like chocolates, toffees, desserts etc.’
      • ‘Then, take one bite of apple and simultaneously pop a toffee into your mouth.’
      • ‘I also got some advocaat toffees and I like those too.’
      • ‘There were toffees and peppermint under my pillow this morning.’
      • ‘Place the milk and toffees together in a saucepan and warm over a low heat, stirring, until smooth.’
      • ‘She leads me into Chinese sweet shops where, alongside usual offerings of chocolates and toffees, there are buckets of candied dried shrimps and sugared squid.’
      • ‘The girl threw the toffees back at him and went to find her mother in a distressed state, the court was told.’
      • ‘A few children won prizes, and most others received freebies such as markers, toffees, and labels.’
      • ‘But once, trying to answer a question thrown at him, he choked and spluttered on a treacle toffee.’
      • ‘It had taken four hours to get hundreds of bars of chocolate, toffees and 600 packets of biscuits through a checkout.’
      • ‘When he was at school he would sell toffees that his mother had made as well.’
      • ‘I'm not madly keen on toffees, but anything with violets or ginger is more likely to end up in the bin.’
      • ‘In our tablet we use both fresh and condensed milk, and we also rely on condensed milk for making our toffees and candies.’
      • ‘When we left, Nan gave me a whole bag of grandad's golden toffees.’


Early 19th century: alteration of taffy.