Toffee is one of the most popular and delicious confections. It’s famous for its caramel-like flavor and for being used as an ingredient in many desserts. You typically make it by mixing caramelized sugar and butter.
But what if you’re a vegan or trying to cut down your dairy intake? Does that mean you can’t enjoy the delightfulness of toffee? Don’t worry. In this article, we’ll explain some of the best alternatives for butter to use when making toffee.
How To Make Toffee Without Butter
Using coconut dairy and coconut sugar for making toffee is an excellent option for vegans, or those looking to avoid refined sugar and dairy. Your toffee will not only still taste delicious, but will also have a softer texture and will melt in your mouth.
- 400 grams of coconut sugar
- 750 milliliters of coconut cream
- 6 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- Put a grease-proof paper on a baking tray and place it on your countertop.
- Mix all your ingredients in a large cooking pot. Then put the cooking pot on your stove and bring it to a boil.
- Steer the ingredients using a wooden spatula as they reach a boiling point, then turn down the heat to medium and keep stirring.
- Keep stirring every so often for about 20 minutes while maintaining the medium boil. Wait until your mixture is reduced and thickened. To make sure that it’s ready, scoop a piece of the mix with your spoon and drop it onto your tray. If it turns solid within a minute, then it’s ready. If it stays liquid, then it isn’t.
- Pour the pot’s content onto the baking tray. Leave the mixture to cool and set.
- Put your baking tray in the fridge for about an hour.
- Bring your baking tray out of the fridge. Your toffee should be ready.
Can You Make Toffee With Margarine Instead of Butter?
The short answer is yes, you can make toffee with margarine instead of butter. However, The delightful taste of toffee comes partially from butter. So, using an alternative, you may notice a slight change in taste.
Also, margarine contains more fat than butter, which leaves an effect on the taste. You may find the texture more oily than you’re used to. Of course, you can always solve that by using the correct amounts.
What Other Butter Alternatives Can You Use For Making Toffee?
There are some butter alternatives you can use instead of butter for making a delicious toffee. Here are some of them:
As mentioned earlier, margarine is a popular alternative to butter. While butter is made from heavy cream with a high level of fat, margarine is made from vegetable oils, making it a healthier alternative.
To use margarine in making toffee, you will have to adjust the amount used different from what you would use with butter, as margarine is more oily. You should also expect your toffee to taste a little different.
Another great alternative to butter is using coconut dairy. Coconut has a delicious sweet taste while also being healthier than dairy butter, making it a great option for people looking to lower their dairy intake. It is also a great option for vegans.
Some people don’t prefer coconut oil instead of butter because of its strong taste. If you’re the same, shortening may be the better alternative for you.
Shortening is very similar to margarine and can be used as an alternative to butter. Unlike margarine, though, shortening doesn’t have any flavor, which can make your toffee a bit lacking.
However, there are some butter-flavored shortenings available in the market that can be a great option to use when making toffee. Shortenings are also lacking in water, so you’ll need to add more when making your toffee.
What Are Some Toffee Desserts Without Butter?
Now that you know how to make toffee without using butter, there are many different tasty desserts that you can make. Here are some of them:
This is an easy dessert to make. All you need are 24 ounces of both dark and white chocolate and a bag of butter-free toffee.
Start by melting the dark chocolate on a baking tray, then leave it to cool and harden. Melt the white chocolate and pour it on top of the hardened dark chocolate. Finish by sprinkling the small pieces of toffee over the top then leave it to cool.
Break the dessert into pieces and it’s now ready!
This is a very tasty, very simple drink to make. You will need 3 tablespoons of caster sugar, 60 grams of toffee, 100 grams of espresso, and 50 grams of Irish cream.
Start by cooking the sugar with 2 tablespoons of water until you get a light caramel color, then add the butter-free toffee and melt all together. Add the coffee to the mix, turn off the heat, let it all dissolve together, and then leave to cool slightly.
Once it has cooled down, place in a blender, add the Irish coffee, and blend together. Your toffee drink is now ready!
Chocolate Toffee Chunk Fudge
Another easy-to-make dessert that requires only a few ingredients and a microwave. You will need 2 cups of chocolate chips, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1.5 cups of butter-free toffee.
Start by adding the chocolate chips and an entire can of condensed milk to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the mixture for one minute, stopping every 10 seconds to stir the ingredients until the chocolate chips have melted.
Now remove the bowl from the microwave, add the vanilla extract and one cup of butter-free toffee, and stir until they’re all mixed well. Dump the fudge onto a baking pan and flatten the paste until it’s all even.
Sprinkle the remaining half cup of butter-free toffee onto the fudge and gently push them into it. Let the fudge settle and cool, then store in the fridge. Your dessert is now ready!
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.