Christmas Crack (Also Known As Cracker Candy or Toffee Bark)

I have the best girl friends for a lot of reasons. Many of them live across the country, but we are soul mates. We can pick up a conversation days, weeks, or months after it began without missing a beat.

That’s a real friend, you know?

Anyway, one of my dearest friends, Carol, left a comment here a couple of weeks ago about Christmas Crack.

That made you raise your eyebrows, didn’t it?

I have to think that this name, Christmas Crack, came from our other dear friend, Sara. I can’t think of anyone else who would come up with such a name.

As soon as Carol mentioned that Christmas Crack involved toffee and chocolate, I neeeeded the recipe.

That’s typical of crack, isn’t it? It’s a good name for this candy.

I used to eat this candy at my grandparents’ house at Christmastime. It was a layer of toffee in between two layers of chocolate. It was heavenly. I’d eat it in place of dinner if I could have.

I’ve never seen a recipe for that candy, but this comes close.

I know that Christmas is over, but this is so delicious that you could make it for Valentine’s Day. Or Mother’s Day. How about Easter? Every week on Tuesday?

Don’t do that. You’ll gain thirty pounds by summer.

Actually, you’d be furthest ahead to just forget I shared this recipe with you.

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Christmas Crack (otherwise known as Cracker Candy or Toffee Bark)
 
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces saltine crackers
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line cookie sheet with saltine crackers in single layer.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the sugar and the butter. Very slowly, heat until mixture reaches 270-275 degrees F. (This will take about 30 minutes, according to Carol.) Immediately pour over saltines and spread t0 cover crackers completely.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees F for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate and top with chopped nuts. Cool completely and break into pieces.

Carol also says that cooking it quickly will make the toffee soft and sticky, like caramel. Cooking it very slowly will make it harder, more like hard candy.

Photo courtesy of Liz Marie on Flickr

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Comments

  1. says

    Cracking up at your post! This looks so good and easy too! I will have to try this…
    I'm having a New Years Give away… Stop by if you get a chance and enter. Have a wonderful new year!
    ~Really Rainey~

  2. The Muse says

    I do love your foodie submission..but admittedly I most love the underlying post parts on friendship!…
    I can say this…because I am eating fudge…Otherwise, I am sure the Candy Crack recipe would OD me!
    :)

  3. Gollum says

    I love when friends can pick up where they left off. This recipe looks addictive in a fabulous way! I can't wait to try it.

  4. says

    I'm always afraid to make candy-like things that require precise temperatures…but this sounds fairly easy. I've eaten it at a friend's house and it was really delicious! Thanks for the tip, and thanks for participating in Food on Fridays!

  5. says

    I'm always afraid to make candy-like things that require precise temperatures…but this sounds fairly easy. I've eaten it at a friend's house and it was really delicious! Thanks for the tip, and thanks for participating in Food on Fridays!

  6. says

    Oh, I’ve had this before and my girlfriends and I also joked that it’s like crack. When I sold it at a bake sale, I jokingly called told an elderly woman “This is cracker candy. It’s so good I call it crack!” The poor woman just gave me a dirty look and walked away. Oops!

  7. maranda says

    This is so yummy…we make it every year with one substitution that makes it even better…use graham crackers instead of saltines. You won’t be sorry!

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