Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Saltine Cracker Candy {Christmas Crack}

Updated Post: I wanted to add a update to my Saltine Toffee Candy. Ever since Christmas I have been experimenting with this recipe just a bit. There isn't anything wrong with the original one, but I was wanting to try and come up with a less chocolate version.

I think I came up with the perfect combination, so I wanted to make sure to come back and share it with everyone. I'm not sure which version I like better, the full chocolate or the toffee heath version. All I know is I'm so glad that now I have two versions of this yummy recipe.

The second version is almost exact to the original recipe below with one change. Instead of using chocolate chips and chopped pecans I omitted both and just used Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits.

I found them in the baking isle at Walmart. I really love this new version. I have included a few step by step photos above so you could see how I substituted with the milk chocolate toffee bit. 

The second version is still prepared the same way as the original recipe (recipe below) except I just left out the chocolate part and substituted with heath toffee bits. With this version you don't have to return the cracker candy back to the oven to melt. Just leave it like it is and refrigerate for two hours. 

When finished break into pieces and store in a air tight container. I usually store mine in the freezer until I want to use them for gift giving and such. In this case I have them put aside for Valentine Teacher Treats. I hope you will give the second version a try because it ROCKS!!!



Toffee Saltine Cracker Candy {without chocolate}

Ingredients:
1 1/2 - sleeves saltine crackers
1 1/4 - cups unsalted butter, not margarine
1 1/4 - cup light brown sugar
1 - 12 oz package chocolate chips or
1 - 8 oz package milk chocolate toffee bits

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil that has been sprayed with a bit of non stick spray.

Arrange
crackers on sheet in one layer. In a medium sized saucepan melt the butter and the brown sugar.

Stir often and bring to a full rolling boil. After the mixture comes to a full rolling boil set your timer and boil the mixture for exactly 3 minutes.  

Pour over the saltines and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle the milk chocolate toffee bits all over the caramel mixture. Set aside to cool. Break into pieces.

Cook's Note: Graham Crackers can be used in place of saltines.

My holiday cookie and candy tray just wouldn't be the same without a yummy batch of Saltine Cracker Candy {chocolate version}. This recipe isn't anything new and lately I have seen this toffee popping up on blogs all over the place.

But for anyone who has never tried saltine toffee candy, this post is for you. I love the sweetness of the brown sugar mixed with the saltiness of the saltine crackers and topped with melted chocolate. Um it really is the perfect combination.

I call this candy Christmas Crack because it's so addicting. One year I couldn't get enough of this stuff that I kept making batch after batch just eating and giving it away to friends.

Anyone who tries this toffee candy always asks me for the recipe. To me it taste almost exact to Almond Roca. So if you are an Almond Roca fan you have to try this recipe even if it is just out of curiosity.


If you have a fear of making candy this recipe will change your mind. It's so easy that my daughter helped with most of recipe. So if she can do it then I have faith in you.  Another great thing is all the ingredients called for are ones that you usually have on hand in your pantry! That's always a plus.

Why don't you give this candy recipe a try and surprise a loved one or friend with a homemade batch of toffee candy. I have included some step by step photos of how to make this yummy candy.   In usual fashion the full recipe is at the end of this post.
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil that has been sprayed with a bit of non stick spray. Lay crackers out on your baking sheet in one layer. In a medium sized saucepan melt the butter and the brown sugar. Stir often and bring to a full rolling boil. After the mixture comes to a full rolling boil set your timer and boil the mixture for exactly 3 minutes.

Pour over the saltines andbake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Wait until they are almost melted then spread evenly all over all the saltines. Sprinkle on the nuts as evenly as possible. Refrigerate for two hours and then break up into pieces and store in a air tight container.


Mackenzie had such a fun time adding all the chocolate chips and the nuts. I have to admit my kids are awesome helpers in the kitchen. I'm such a lucky mommy.

Add the toffee to clear gift sacks and tie on a holiday ribbon and gift tag. You can also add the toffee to a holiday tin with pretty tissue paper. I apologize ahead of time for your new addiction. Once you get your first taste I know you will be hooked.



Saltine Toffee Candy aka Cracker Candy 
{Chocolate Version}

Ingredients:
1 1/2 - sleeves saltine crackers
1 1/4 - cups unsalted butter, not margarine
1 1/4 - cup light brown sugar
1 - 12 oz package chocolate chips or
1 - 8 oz package milk chocolate toffee bits
1 - cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts or almonds)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil that has been sprayed with a bit of non stick spray. .

Lay crackers out on sheet in one layer. In a medium sized saucepan melt the butter and the brown sugar.

Stir often and bring to a full rolling boil. After the mixture comes to a full rolling boil set your timer and boil the mixture for exactly 3 minutes.

Pour over the saltines and bake for 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips and wait until they are almost melted then spread the chocolate evenly all over all the saltines.

Sprinkle on the nuts all over the top as evenly as possible. Refrigerate for two hours and then break up into pieces and store in a air tight container. Graham crackers can be used in place of saltine crackers.



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65 comments:

Mom24 said... #

I've also had it topped with chopped up Heath. I love this recipe.

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

I bet that is good with the addition of heath bits.

Stephanie said... #

I've seen this recipe before, and had it recommended, but I've never actually tried it. I really should give it a try, I love toffee and almond roca and all that kind of candy. Yours looks so delicious.

DessertForTwo said... #

This really is Christmas crack! Love it! :)

Andrea said... #

We just call it cracker candy, or like you say, crack candy for short, lol! People beg me for it every year...I should start "dealing" it, bet I'd be rich, roflol!

Mrsblocko said... #

My husband has dubbed them pantry cookies...cause I always have the ingredients on hand. I haven't figured out if this is a good thing or a bad thing!!!!!

Adventures of the Smith Family said... #

I ate some of this for the first time last week. You are right - it is addicting! I'm planning on making a batch for a party we're going to this weekend.

Jenny - AKA - frogmama said... #

I love what you call this, hehe
But I have a problem!! I've made saltine toffee twice and both times it turned out metallic-tasting!! Maybe it was just me - my grandmother didn't detect it and actually asked me for the recipe - but to me it tasted "off". Could you help me troubleshoot? I think I may have had a problem with my candy thermomiter - It wouldn't seem to go over 212 (wouldn't it get hotter after that??) I have since gotten a different thermomiter, but its not a digital one or anything. I like how easy/cheap this is and wish I could get a batch that would taste good!

Lynette said... #

You always make the greatest things! I can't wait to make this Christmas Crack Candy. Yum. You amaze me!

~Lynette
(Crazy About Cakes)

Anonymous said... #

I made a batch today and it really is addicting. Christmas Crack is a great name and I may just call it that from now on. Easy to make and tastes great. Thanks for a wonderful website. I visit every couple of days to get new ideas.

Recipes of Gulzar said... #

Hi

Great information in this post and I think this recipe isn't anything new and lately I have seen this toffee popping up on blogs all over the place.

shweetpotato said... #

omgosh just made a batch of this and its DELICIOUS, I used margarine only because my butter was in the freezer but it turned out FABULOUS, soo yummy. This is a keeper for sure, thanks so much, Carmen

Benita said... #

I just made this with the snowflake Ritz because I was all out of saltines and it is soooo yummy!! I also put Heath bits on top instead of nuts. Tina you always have the best recipes. Every one of your recipes I have ever made is a winner!! Thanks for sharing them.

topgunsangel said... #

I made this with splenda brown sugar and topped with sugar free toffee candy for my daughter and she loved it..

That Tech Chick said... #

Yes this looks so very addicting!

Jenny @ Adventures of the Smith Family said... #

Any idea how long this will keep in a sealed container? I'm wondering if I can mail some back to Texas for Christmas gifts.

Anonymous said... #

This is awesome. Had some at a party made with white chocolate chips and crushed candy canes - now that's Christmas Crack!

Kathryn said... #

Sound delicious! Going to try this sometime. Thanks for sharing this with us and have a Merry Christmas!

Di said... #

I made this for christmas eve and we loved it! I topped it with toffe bits instead of nuts. It was wonderful, my girls cracked up when I told them what it was called, so they started telling me I'd have to make more of the "stuff" !!
Thanks for sharing, it's a christmas tradition for us now.

mary lou said... #

I have to tell you this was a hit! I will def. make it again. Everyone was crazy for the sweet/salty flavor.

Dwight, Rebecca, Siobhan & Henry said... #

I made this with pretzel flats instead of the saltines. SO GOOD! My family loved it. Thanks for the recipe and great photos!

Anonymous said... #

Every time I make this, it never turns out just right. It's delicious but the brown sugar and butter always turns out weird. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I let it melt together then I bring it to a boil and let it boil or 3 minutes exactly while stirring the whole time. What am I doing wrong? Thanks! Great recipe!

Anonymous said... #

The metalic taste might be from the foil. I have had that taste different times when making this. Wondering if it would work just on a cookie sheet?

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

I have never had a problem with a metalic taste. You can use parchment paper instead. I haven't done it on just a plain baking sheet. I think it would stick, so I don't recommend it.

Anonymous said... #

Hi I have made this before and LOVE It but I call it Quick Easy Bar.

Anonymous said... #

we love this treat so much we call it Crack! (it's that addictive) I package pieces in cello bags and decorate for the occasion.

Leslee said... #

Oh this saltine toffee is great!!! So easy and such a nice gift! Thanks!

Anonymous said... #

I made this about a year ago. The butter/sugar mixture didn't complete absorb into the crackers. I've had it when other people made it, and theirs did. Am I boiling the mixture too long (or not long enough)? Thank you! Any other tips?

Anonymous said... #

Made it tonight with pistachios, looked gorgeous, tasted great

Desi said... #

I made this recipe the other day and everyone has loved it! Love the sweet and salty mix. I posted about this wonderful recipe on my blog and linked back to you of course! Thanks for this masterpiece of a recipe :)

http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/12/saltine-toffee-aka-christmas-crack-2.html

Anonymous said... #

I made this last night for the proable 100th time. I also have varied the toppings a bit. I do the chocolate and crushed up cracker bits for the topper and then melt some peanutbutter and just swirl it on the top. Its a HUGE hit!

Cindy said... #

I have been making this candy for a while. We have starting adding craisins, coconut, and different nuts. Craisins and salted peanuts tastes like a chunky bar. We did dark chocolate chips and coconut. Everyone of them is yummy.

Anonymous said... #

All the other recipes I have seen only call for 1 cup butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar why is this so much more?
But then i guess it will only make the toffee thicker.

Sharon Anderson said... #

Instead of nuts on the top you can melt a square of white almond bark with a teaspoon of veg oil and drizzle it over the top or peanut butter chips or what ever you like.

Anonymous said... #

Not sure if they make them but this would be good with mint chocolate chips too

Tina Butler said... #

Anonymous, that is what the recipe I use calls for. Any less and it is never enough toffee to cover all the saltines called for in the recipe. If you think it is too much you are welcome to alter the amounts but, I cannot guarantee the results of the recipe.

kellie said... #

can you freeze this?

Tina Butler said... #

@Kelli,
Yes this freezes very well. I toss them into a large ziplock freezer bag. I have made mine up to a month in advance of using or to hide it from my kids LOL.

ilene said... #

Instead of saltines, try graham crackers. I've been making them that way for years and they are fantastic. Always a hit.

Anonymous said... #

I didn't read all comments so hopefully I'm not repeating information here. I've been making these for about 25 years and I modified mine with half chocolate & half butterscotch chips. Topped with chopped pecans...spectacular!

Naomi said... #

The candy is also delicious with white chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candy. Can't wait to make some tonight!

Jane Eddy said... #

2 words....YUM MEE

Sandy S. said... #

I have used graham crackers instead of saltines and they were wonderful.

Anonymous said... #

Another variation for Christmas that we love: substitute chocolate grahams for the saltines, and use Andes brand white chocolate/peppermint bits for the topping instead of the nuts. Pretty and delicious! :)

Anonymous said... #

I wook at a hospital, took Christmas Cack for coworkers. Drs. and nurses had a good laugh when they heard the name. After a while the said they understood why it's called CHRISTMAS CRACK. We all love it.



Tina Butler said... #

The Christmas Crack part always makes me laugh, but it's so true. I'm making a batch this weekend and using half graham crackers and half saltines. I forgot the heath toffee bits mix at the store, so I have to make another run. I'm so glad everyone loved it.

Anonymous said... #

I just made this tonight. It is amazing! I don't use foil because I don't like having to remove pieces of foil off the bottoms of the candy. I use just a cookie sheet but spray it well with cooking spray. It worked very well! I also used all three, the chocolate chips, the almonds and the Heath bits. I melted the chocolate then sprinkled with both almonds and Heath. So good my hubby can't stay away! :)

Anonymous said... #

I have a severe nut allergy so this recipe is wonderful... I rarely am able to have desert or candy. Thanks fot the recipe. ... exceptionally yummy.....

Renna said... #

In your second, updated version, you said to omit the semi-sweet chocolate chips, as well as the nuts, and to only use the toffee bits. Do you then increase the amount of toffee bits, or still use the same amount as called for in the original version?

Thanks!

Anonymous said... #

We make this but with matzah boards, not saltines.
It's Passover Toffee In our house.

jenny said... #

I've been making this for years it is so easy and so fast and it is delicious

Glenda said... #

The recipe' I use is very similar but use graham wafer crackers intead of saltines and always get rave reviews and requests for recipe'
Glenda.

Chris P's Minis and More said... #

TOTALLY ADDICTING!!!!!!

Anonymous said... #

Maybe try parchment paper. I use it for almosr ALL of my baking/candy making. Just a thought. :)

Anonymous said... #

My friend makes these but uses the Keebler Club crackers which make them really good.I think it because of the buttery taste cracker. YES THEY ARE VERY ADDICTING!

Anonymous said... #

I recently came across the Easy Toffee Candy recipe much the same but asking for a 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk. Has anyone tried it and how was it?

Deborah Bender said... #

Can this be made ahead of time and the put in the freezer until needed?

Karen Wyke said... #

I used Andes peppermint crunch chips with the chocolate chips. Very pretty as well as yummy!

Anonymous said... #

Love this receipe try using milk or white chocolate and crushed candy canes great twist for holiday

Anonymous said... #

I make this using the sweetened condensed milk and I love it.

Anonymous said... #

I am going to try your version.........can't wait to try!!!!!!!!!

musical-lover said... #

When I make this it only taste good if I freeze it cause if I leave it in a container it becomes chewy instead of crunchy. Does anyone know why?

Laura Vance said... #

My butter sugar mixture never hardens up. I have already thrown away 3 batches. Please help me!

Tina Butler said... #

You might not be cooking the sugar mixture long enough. You have to make sure the brown sugar mixture comes to a full rolling boil. See the photo in the post. This is very important for the sugar to set up. After the mixture comes to a full rolling boil set your timer and boil the mixture for exactly 3 minutes the pour mixture over the crackers.

parrotmomma said... #

Hi! Love this recipe. My original version used a white sugar/butter mixture so I am looking forward to trying it with brown sugar. I make the toffee version and am trying one with shredded coconut and chopped pecans...thank you for posting!