Salted Blood Orange Toffees

Lauren Caris Short

By Lauren Caris Short

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5 from 3 votes

Treat your sweet tooth with these salted blood orange toffees. These chewy delights blend zesty blood orange with a hint of sea salt for a unique and delightful treat. Get ready to savor a citrusy twist on classic toffees!

close-up image of a batch of salted blood orange toffees with slices of orange placed beside them

Making caramel is not something to be feared; in fact, one of the most important instructions is not to stir it. These are the kind of toffees your grandma would always have in her handbag (think Werther’s Originals) except they are elevated with sea salt and awesome orange-ness, which obviously takes them to another level!

Using a mix of water and blood orange juice, gives the toffees a hint of flavor from the juice, but also that signature buttery toffee taste. The addition of the orange zest is what gives the most kick of orange flavor. When the zest first hits the hot toffee in the pan… oof that is an orange hit!

Once sprinkled with a few flakes of sea salt and some dried cranberries, these little toffees would be the perfect gift!

plate of salted blood orange toffees with fresh orange slices and whole oranges, accompanied by three individually wrapped toffees resembling candies

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy to Prepare. These candies are easy to prepare as long as you have all of your ingredients ready to go.
  • Homemade Healthy Candy. These candies have healthy ingredients compared to store-bought candies.

How to Make Salted Blood Orange Toffees

These tasty homemade toffees are easy to make and make great gifts too!

top view image of sliced blood oranges and regular oranges arranged on a surface, some whole oranges are placed beside them

Key Ingredients 

  • White Sugar. This sugar works perfectly to make toffee.
  • Butter. Unsalted butter for that perfect buttery toffee flavor.
  • Blood Orange Juice & Zest. Fresh juice is preferred and gives this toffee its signature flavor.
  • Sea Salt. Salt enhances all of the flavors in these candies.
  • Dried Cranberries. The tart cranberries compliment the buttery citrusy toffee.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Bring the Ingredients to a Boil. In a saucepan or skillet, add the sugar, water, and blood orange juice. Place on medium-high heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

2. Wait for the Color to Change. Keep the sugar mixture boiling until you have a medium amber-colored mixture. Take the pan off the heat and immediately add the melted butter, orange zest, and salt.

3. Pour the Toffee into Molds. Pour the toffee into molds.

collage of two images: on the left, a pan pours salted blood orange toffee mixture into a mold. on the right image, a hand adds a topping to the mixture in the mold

4. Garnish the Toffees. Sprinkle the toppings on top of the toffees and leave to set. Pop the hard toffees out of the mold once they are fully cold.

top-down view image of a hand pressing a single salted blood orange toffee from a batch, with dried cranberries nearby, and slices of blood oranges and regular oranges on the other side

Recipe Tips, Variations, and Substitutions

  • Have everything measured and ready to go. You do not want to be measuring things out while you need to be watching sugar boil.
  • Do not stir while the sugar is boiling. No stirring once the sugar has dissolved. You want the sugar/water mixture to be bubbling quite vigorously. The sugar needs to get hot to brown properly.
  • Candy Molds. Mini silicone cupcake molds are perfect for making these individual sweets, but you could use any kind of mold you like, or even pour the toffee onto a sheet of parchment paper and then break it up like bark once it has set. If you use a non-stick metal mold make sure to coat it with a little oil.
salted blood orange toffees arranged on a piece of cloth with slices of fresh oranges placed next to it

Storage Recommendations

Wrap the toffees in wax or parchment paper and store in an airtight container. Homemade toffees can be stored for up to 2 months in a cool and dry place.

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cropped image of toffees on a plate of salted blood orange toffees with fresh orange slices and whole oranges, accompanied by three individually wrapped toffees resembling candies
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5 from 3 votes

Salted Blood Orange Toffees

Treat your sweet tooth with these Salted Blood Orange Toffees. These chewy delights blend zesty blood orange with a hint of sea salt for a unique and delightful treat. Get ready to savor a citrusy twist on classic toffees!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 10 toffees
Calories: 61kcal

Equipment

  • 1 saucepan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 50 ml water
  • 2 tbsp. butter melted
  • 2 tsp. blood orange fresh juice
  • 1 blood orange zest
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt

For Toppings

  • sea salt flaked
  • cranberries dried

Instructions

  • In a saucepan or skillet, add the sugar, water, and blood orange juice. Place on medium-high heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. After this, do not continue stirring, but have a whisk nearby for when you add the butter later.
  • Keep the sugar mixture boiling until you have a medium amber-colored mixture. Swirl the pan throughout the cooking process to keep things evenly distributed. As soon as you have reached medium brown color, take the pan off the heat and immediately add the melted butter, orange zest, and 1/4 tsp of salt.
  • Pour the toffee mixture straight into whatever mold you are using. If the mold is silicone, there is no need to line it with anything, but if it is a non-stick metal tray coat it with cooking spray before you start.
  • Sprinkle the toppings on top of the toffees and leave to set for 30 minutes.
  • Pop the hard toffees out of the mold once they are fully cold.

Notes

Get everything you need prepared before you start. Measure out the water, orange juice, and sugar, zest the orange, and get the butter melted. Prepare whatever mold or baking sheet you are going to use to set the toffee in, and prepare any toppings so they are closeby the mold.
Wrap the toffees in wax or parchment paper to store.
Sugar boiling is extremely hot – I would not recommend making this recipe with children around.

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 0.05g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.01mg

Images by Lauren Caris Short.

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    • Sorry I just realised I didn’t add it!! 30g and I updated the recipe too thanks for letting me know!

  1. Wow! Orange toffee? Sounds amazing! Very cool idea. Love that you added zest and dried cranberries in them. Would make awesome gifts!

    Reply
    • Thanks Lokness! They are super fun and really tasty. I am really enjoying blood orange season so definitely making the most of it!