platter of paleo and gluten free maple candy toffee

Easy Maple Candy Toffee (Paleo + Gluten Free)

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Prep Time: 2 hr
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 24 minute
  • Yield: 16 pieces 1x


Maple candy toffee made with 5 ingredients plus your favorite topping! With real butter, maple syrup, and dark chocolate This gluten free candy is so easy to make, and it makes a great holiday food gift.



  • 1 cup butter (8oz) softened – (We use KerryGold)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (Enjoy life Vegan/GF brand)
  • Optional toppings or add-ins if desired – crushed nuts, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.


  • Baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Small sauce pan
  • Candy thermometer


  1. First make sure your butter is softened somewhat. This speeds up the process.
  2. In a small sauce pan, combine your butter, sugar, maple syrup, and water.
  3. Mix on stove top on medium heat until sugar is dissolved into butter.
  4. Increase heat to medium high until you reach a boil. Don’t boil too high or too long otherwise your sugar will burn.
  5. Reduce heat to medium or at 285F, somewhat of a soft boil.
  6. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until candy thermometer reaches 300/hard stage (this will take about 10-15 minutes). Be careful to watch the pot so the mixture doesn’t overflow. If it starts to, just lift pot with pot holder for a second then place back down.
  7. The liquid boil will be nice dark amber color once done.
  8. Carefully pour the hot mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread it around evenly.
  9. Pour your dark chocolate chips on top.
  10. The chocolate will start to melt with mixture. Spread the melted dark chocolate around evenly with spatula.
  11. Add any other topping you’d like. Crushed nuts, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, etc. Spread it around the pan as well.
  12. Place in fridge for 2 hrs.
  13. Once hardened, remove from fridge and cut into pieces.
  14. I like to add a little coconut sugar on top to make it more “sticky.” This is optional.
  15. Store in air tight container or ziplock bag.
  16. I keep mine in fridge to last longer but room temperature is fine as well.


If you don’t have a thermometer, just be sure to continue whisking at soft boil for at least 10-12 minutes.

This is a good basic toffee recipe. You can add in vanilla extract, spices, nuts, cranberries, etc!

Be careful when cooking; you don’t want butter/sugar mixture to boil over. It’s very HOT when you pour onto baking sheet, so do so gently.


Nutritional Info

  • Nutrition as shown is for one piece, with nuts on top
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 161
  • Sugar: 13.9g
  • Sodium: 6.9mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.7g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Protein: 0.3g
  • Cholesterol: 28.7mg

Keywords: gluten free candy, maple toffee, paleo dessert