It’s happened to me, and maybe it’s happened to you, your toffee is almost done cooking and the butter separates from the rest of the ingredients. So frustrating! Here are some tips to prevent it from happening again:

  • Don’t change the heat suddenly, hot or cold. Try to keep the temperature even during the whole cooking process.
  • Make sure to follow the instructions and stir as often as indicated to keep the mixture together.
  • Try to use a heavy bottomed pan that will distribute the heat evenly.

If your toffee separates, there still is hope! Remove it from the heat and stir constantly until the mixture comes back together, and then gradually return it to the heat while continuing to stir. You can also add a tablespoon or two of very hot water and whisk it into the toffee to try to get it back together.

If the toffee separates after you’ve poured it out of the pan, it is unfortunately passed the point of saving.