If you’re anything like me, you’ve wandered into a coffee shop at some point and thought: “I didn’t know that was a flavor.”
Toffee nut was one of those flavors for me.
Toffee nut is a flavoring syrup used by coffee shops. It has a buttery, nutty, and caramel-like flavor and is generally sweeter and nuttier than simple caramel.
Let’s take a look at all things toffee nut. I’ve even provided a simple recipe!
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Toffee Nut: The Basics
First of all, we need to ask, what the heck is toffee?
Toffee is a crunchy, buttery, nutty, sweet bar traditionally served as a holiday dessert. The ingredients are simple. It’s just caramelized sugar, sometimes flour, and nuts like hazelnut or almond.
However, toffee nut in coffee is a little different.
Toffee nut coffee is made by adding a sweet, caramel-like toffee flavor to coffee.
It is usually made by adding toffee-flavored syrup or sauce to a cup of hot coffee, although you can also find it in the form of instant coffee or ground coffee beans flavored with toffee.
You can add whipped cream and nuts like almonds or hazelnuts to your toffee nut coffee for extra sweetness and crunch. It looks pretty good when served.
Toffee nut coffee is a popular drink at coffee shops and is often enjoyed as a sweet treat or dessert.
Try it out as an alternative to caramel drinks.
What Does Toffee Nut Actually Taste Like?
Let’s look at the ingredients of toffee.
Toffee is made by combining sugar, butter, and nuts, usually almonds or hazelnuts. The sugar is then caramelized until it acquires a different flavor.
The toffee has a rich, caramel-like flavor, and the nuts add a roasted, slightly savory element to the overall taste.
The resulting toffee nut is sweet, buttery, and nutty. Toffee nut gets its crunchy, nutty flavor from almonds or hazelnuts.
It is often used to add a sweet and nutty flavor to ice cream, baked goods, and especially coffee!
I think toffee nut tastes like regular caramel when added to coffee drinks, but some swear that it’s much better than regular caramel. They enjoy the nuttier and crunchier aspect of toffee nuts.
What Drinks Are Good With Toffee Nut Flavor?
Every coffee shop has a different menu. Toffee nuts might not even be on your local shop’s menu.
But don’t worry! You can always make toffee nut drinks at home with a little ingenuity and patience.
Here are some popular drinks that taste good with toffee nut syrup:
- Mocha: To make a toffee nut mocha, mix a shot of espresso with a touch of toffee nut syrup and chocolate syrup. Then, add three parts of steamed milk. Top the drink with whipped cream and a sprinkle of toffee nut sprinkles, if desired.
- Latte: To make a toffee nut latte, mix a touch of toffee nut syrup with a shot of espresso. Then, add three parts of steamed milk. Top the drink with whipped cream and a sprinkle of toffee nut sprinkles.
- Cappuccino: To make a toffee nut cappuccino, mix a bit of toffee nut syrup with a shot of espresso. Then, add two parts of steamed milk. Note that this is for a traditional cappuccino. For an American cappuccino, add three parts foamed milk instead.
- Americano: To make a toffee nut Americano, mix a shot of toffee nut syrup with a shot of espresso. Then, add hot water until you reach your desired taste.
- Iced coffee: To make an iced toffee nut coffee, mix a shot of toffee nut syrup with a cup of iced coffee and a splash of milk or cream. Top the drink with whipped cream and a sprinkle of toffee nut sprinkles.
Toffee nut syrup is quite sweet, so use it sparingly to avoid overwhelming the flavor of your coffee. You can always add more syrup to taste if you want a sweeter drink.
How Is Toffee Nut Made?
Here's a simple recipe for making toffee nut syrup at home.
Homemade Toffee Nut Syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ¼ cup water
- 1 cup chopped nuts almonds or hazelnuts
- 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup corn syrup
- Mix the sugar, butter, and ¼ cup of water in a medium saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium heat, and constantly stir until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted.
- Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil without stirring until it reaches the hardball stage.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped nuts and vanilla extract (if using).
- Mix 1 cup of water and the corn syrup in a separate saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
- Stir the toffee mixture into the water and corn syrup mixture and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let the syrup cool. Once it has cooled, transfer the syrup to a jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- To use the syrup, simply drizzle it over your favorite desserts or beverages. Enjoy!