Homemade Heath Bars

It is no secret I love homemade versions of our favorite candy bars. I shared my homemade nestle crunch bar recipe earlier this week and today I am sharing my version of homemade heath bars.

I love to give homemade candy away as gifts during the holidays. And what better gift to give than a plate of homemade candy bars. A plateful or package of these homemade heath bars, paired with another homemade candy bar, is a treat anyone would enjoy!

If you love heath bars, or english toffee type candy bars, you will love these. They really are good.

And I might just have eaten a few too many last time I made them.



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Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

Comments

  1. Oh, my mother makes toffee like this (with chopped pecans on top– I realize, not an option with a nut allergy) and it is my FAVORITE. I have sweet memories of making a Christmas breakfast of toffee and coffee when I’d come home from college. :) I had someone try to give me that Christmas Bark stuff made with the saltine crackers under the guise that it was “toffee”. No, ma’am. THIS is toffee. Looks delish!! :D

    • Thanks. I used to make them with pecans sprinkled on the top, but adapted the recipe for my daughter’s nut allergy. The whole nut thing is one of the reasons we love these though. Heath type bars have almond extract in them so they are a no for us, but these are so close to the real thing they work fine and satisfy our craving once in a while. :)

  2. I don’t have a silpat mat, so do you think could I use plastic wrap, wax or parchment paper successfully? Thanks!

    • Yes, I think that would work fine. I would probably use parchment. I think the mixture might be too hot for plastic wrap, so I would not use that one. It just sticks less if you use something under it. You could also just really grease the pan well and be fine. I hope that helps!

  3. I think this is the only recipe online for toffee without the saltines. Thank you. I don’t think Joy of Cooking’s toffee is even this easy.

  4. Nichol Mattson says:

    Would this work with a non-dairy “butter,” like earth balance? It sounds so good and I would love to make it vegan, but I would hate to waste ingredients if it requires real butter! Thanks!

    • I don’t think it would work non dairy. I don’t think it would harden correctly or taste the same. I have never used a non diary butter, but that is my guess.

  5. This looks great! Is there something I could sub for the corn syrup? Would honey work?

    • I really do not think honey would work in this. I think you need the corn syrup to give you that toffee texture and taste. I don’t think it would harden right with honey, but I could be wrong.

      • Is there anything else that works in place of the corn syrup? I cannot tolerate corn syrup. Maybe maple syrup?

        • Hey Denise,
          In Mandi Ehman’s (lifeyourway.net) new book she says you can substitute 1 cup corn syrup with 1 1/4 cup sugar + 1/3 water. I’m not sure how it would work for this recipe but thought I’d let you know since no one replied back to your comment.

    • Corn syrup can be substituted with liquid glucose, its much thicker than corn syrup so you can use half the amount called for otherwise use in a 1:1 substitution itself. Hope this helps, enjoy :)

  6. To All- I made this recipe last week. They R Great, but hard hard hard on my teeth. How can the cook make them a little less “rock hard” ?? Thanx-
    Don McMillan

    p.s. anybody put crushed almonds in them ? problems ?

    • I think the almonds would work great on these. Really any kind of nut I think would be good. As far as the hardness, mine are usually hard. It is getting to the hard crack stage that makes them the right texture, I am not sure what would happen if you did not cook them that long. I think it might not be as hard, but then it would be too chewy and I am not sure it would be any easier to eat. I am sorry I can’t help more with your question.

  7. I’m still waitin’ for a replt to my comments posted 2-23-12 re: trying to “soften” the hardness of Lynn’s heath bar recipe. Thanx

  8. I have a method that may work, it won’t make them softer but it will make them easier to eat. Use a larger pan for cooling or split the batch between two pans, when pouring the unset toffee mixture to your pan to cool spread the mixture evenly using a greased METAL spatula until the mixture is about 1/8 of an inch thick or less, then score the cooling mixture using a greased knife or pizza roller. This will allow you to get the final product to a manageable thickness and serving size.

    On another note I use simple syrup instead of corn syrup to make my toffee, and sometimes I mix crushed almonds that I have toasted before hand into the toffee right as it hits the hard crack stage but you must be very fast to get them mixed in well.

    Another option if you score the toffee into bars as it cools is that once they have cooled you can dip one half of each bar into melted chocolate and roll them in toasted crushed nuts to make something similar to an almond roca.

  9. I know it’s … um … well, cheating? But I make this in the microwave now. I am apparently challenged by thermometer candy cooking, but this recipe ALWAYS works :-D
    http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/556288-Microwave-English-Toffee

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