Indulge in a sweet and smooth toffee nut syrup. This simple recipe will dress up your homemade lattes, cocktails, and other sweet beverages. Skip the store-bought syrups and make your own instead!
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Toffee Nut Syrup recipe
If you’ve ever seen Torani syrups, you know how many varieties of flavors there are. And while it can be easy to grab syrup at the grocery store or order it online, it’s even easier to make it yourself.
This super easy homemade toffee nut syrup is the best way to make a toffee nut latte right at home. Just make a few espresso shots in your espresso machine, steam your choice of milk, and add a generous pump of toffee nut syrup.
Buttery and candy-like, this delicious syrup is sure to elevate your homemade lattes. If you like caramel syrup, then you’ll probably like this one too! The flavor profile is pretty similar, it’s just a little more rich and has more depth.
You can add syrups like these to cold brew too. The possibilities are endless when you make your own homemade coffee syrups. Before you know it, you won’t even need to go to coffee shops for your morning coffee on the way to work. Instead, you’ll be making gourmet coffee drinks all on your own!
Why you’ll love this recipe
Do coffee lovers really have to choose just one reason to love this recipe for the best toffee syrup? I don’t think so! A few reasons I love this recipe are:
- Make your own syrup is much more affordable than frequently buying expensive large bottles of syrup. You can save a ton of money making your own delicious lattes with homemade syrup.
- The unique flavor of toffee makes a toffee nut latte incredibly cozy and comforting. It is actually a fabulous drink for the holiday season!
- Syrups are super versatile and can be used in adult drinks like cocktails as well as coffee and other beverages.
- Homemade syrups won’t contain artificial flavors and other ingredients that are less than appealing.
What is toffee nut syrup?
Toffee is a candy made by caramelizing sugar and butter. It has a very rich, dark, and caramel-like flavor. Toffee nut incorporates that delicious candy into a sweet syrup. It is almost like a combination of caramel and some kind of nuts, and boy, is it tasty.
The nutty flavor can come from almonds, hazelnuts or pecans and creates a depth to the flavor of coffee drinks and other tasty beverages that you add it to. While the toffee candy adds a delightful sweetness to your favorite drinks!
Toffee nut is also a very popular flavor of Starbucks drink, much like pumpkin spice syrup or brown sugar syrup. Before you know it, you could be making all of your favorite Starbucks drinks right in the comfort of your own home!
Tools & glassware
To make this nutty and sweet syrup, you’ll need a saucepan, a small fine mesh strainer, measuring cups and spoons, and a mixing spoon.
Don’t forget to have a clean mason jar or bottle on hand if you plan to store your syrup.
You can find all of the ingredients you need for this recipe in your local grocery stores. Here’s what you should have on hand:
- brown sugar
- white sugar
- toffee bits
- almond extract
Substitutions & variations
You can use any brand of toffee that you’d like or even make your own homemade toffee to use in this recipe.
If you do not have almond extract, you can use vanilla extract or even hazelnut extract in its place.
Light brown sugar and dark brown sugar will both work in this recipe for toffee sauce.
How to Make Toffee Nut Syrup
Follow this step-by-step guide to make the perfect syrup every time:
Combine brown sugar, white sugar and toffee bits and water into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir together until the sugar dissolves well.
When the simple syrup mixture begins to simmer, reduce to a low-med heat and cook for 15 minutes.
After it cooks, remove the toffee nut syrup from the heat and strain out the nuts and residual toffee bits.
Stir in the almond extract, then use in a homemade latte or store for later!
Homemade syrup should be stored in an airtight container, like a mason jar, and can last for up to a month. You can store in a pretty bottle as well, just make sure it has a lid or a way to seal the syrup!
Tips & tricks
This copycat Starbucks recipe is so easy, and so tasty, it’ll have you wondering why you ever bought coffee from a coffee shop in the first place! To make sure you have the most success, here are a few tips to help you make this incredible homemade toffee syrup:
- When cooking down the syrup, don’t let it come to a full boil. You want it just simmering so that they sugar does not burn and become bitter.
- It is important to remember to put the almond extract in the syrup after cooking it on the stove top. Heat can change the flavor of extracts so adding them after the fact helps keep the integrity of the unique flavor.
- If you are making an extra large batch of this syrup, use a bigger pot so that there is plenty of room for the ingredients to evenly cook down.
Uses for Toffee Nut Syrup
Make a copycat Starbucks toffee nut latte recipe with this homemade syrup recipe! You can use toffee nut syrup in lattes, mochas and even your regular coffee with a bit of creamer. Don’t forget the whipped cream and toffee nut sprinkles.
Oh, and this toffee syrup recipe is even great if you drink black coffee. It’s a fantastic complement to the dark and rich flavor of black coffee!
This syrup is actually delicious in hot chocolate too. You can add it to cold brew, just know you may have a little trouble getting it thoroughly mixed into a cold drink. Blend it into a shake or smoothie for extra nutty sweetness.
For even more fun, use this as a sweetener in cocktails. Swap out the simple syrup in an espresso martini to make a toffee nut espresso martini! You can also use it in things like Irish coffee or this nutty Irishman drink.
Typically, the nut flavor in toffee nut syrup is almond or macadamia. It is easiest to get the almond flavor into recipes like this with almond extract. However, you can also use hazelnut extract and get the same effect and tasty flavor. Toffee candy uses a variety of different nuts and everyone has their favorite, so you can do the same when making toffee nut syrup.
If you have toffee nut syrup with a bitter bite, it is likely that you overcooked the mixture and the sugar has burned. When making syrups like these, it is important to stir frequently and simmer the mixture on a low heat so that the sugar does not scorch and burn. If the flavor is bearable, it is still safe to use but it may not have the quintessential unique flavor of toffee but that you know and love!
The delicious taste of English toffee syrup and toffee nut syrup are very similar, but different. Toffee nut is much more, well, nutty! Whereas, English toffee has a more buttery and smooth flavor. However, the two can easily be swapped out in recipes where it calls for one or the other. They have the same general flavor profile and are deliciously sweet.
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Toffee Nut Syrup
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- ⅓ cup toffee bits such as Heath brand
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- pinch salt
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, white sugar, toffee bits and water. Stir together until the sugar dissolves.
- When it begins to simmer, reduce to low and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and strain out the residual nuts from the toffee bits.
- Stir in the almond extract.
- Store in a food-safe, airtight container like a mason jar for up to 1 month.
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