Christmas Extra Quality Crack Made With Saltines
These kinds of salty-sweet treats with plenty of texture and crunch are most definitely my kryptonite this time of year. Heck, any time of year. It's all I can do to stop myself from having "just one more piece" of Christmas crack or "just one more handful" of my Candy Coated Crispix Mix.
christmas crack made with saltines
Once the toffee mixture is ready, pour it over a grid of saltines laid out in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray to keep the toffee from sticking. You're aiming for even coverage here, but you can spread it around with a knife a bit after pouring so each of the crackers gets covered.
Immediately sprinkle with the chocolate chips and then don't touch them! Leave them alone for at least a couple of minutes. The residual heat from the toffee will melt the chips and make them spreadable. Some Christmas crack recipes have you melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave and pour that over, but I have never found that step to be necessary (and this way I get to avoid dirtying an extra bowl).
Our family goes crazy for it every Christmas. If you love toffee as much as we do, try this easy Homemade Toffee, this Graham cracker-based Christmas crack toffe, or this Disneyland copycat churro toffee!
I love making Christmas candy to share with friends and neighbors. I like that I can hand out a few plates of Grinch cookies and some divinity candy, and I know everyone will love it. Everyone in my family knows I just want fudge for Christmas! This Christmas crack makes the perfect addition to any treat plate or cookie box that you plan on sharing with loved ones this Christmas season.
Hello! made these and they taste great! The bottom of the cracker is very greasy. I just layed the crackers on parchment paper and then poured the brown sugar and butter mixture over them etc.Are they supposed to be greasy on the bottom?
I usually make this with graham crackers but this time I tried saltine crackers. UGH! They all floated and shifted on the toffee in the oven while it was baking. What a mess. I had to try to spoon the toffee over the crfackers after I removed it from the oven. What went wrong?
Christmas crack tastes just like salted toffee mixed with a mouthwatering cracker base. Throw that in with creamy chocolate and salty peanut butter, and this would have to be the easiest Christmas treats recipe you could make in less than 15 minutes!
STEP 1: Place a piece of parchment paper (or aluminum foil) on a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking sheet. Line with 40 saltine crackers in a single layer. This is about 1 sleeve of crackers. Set aside.
YUM! I'm pretty sure I have everything for these except for the saltine crackers, which means I've got a store run to take care of. Although I don't usually pair sweet and sweet, I think I'd have to cheat and have these with some hot chocolate ? Thanks for sharing the recipe! Pinned!
Salty crackers, caramelized butter and brown sugar plus a layer of creamy, rich chocolate dusted with pecans - this simple combination creates the holiday sweet known as Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack).
Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Wait 1 minute until the chocolate chips begin to melt. (The crackers may shift a bit in this process, just push them back in place as best you can.)
Once out of the oven, sprinkle the saltine cracker toffee with chocolate chips and wait for 3 to 5 minutes, letting them soften and melt a bit, and then spread and smooth them into an even layer with a spatula.
*Optional: After smoothing the chocolate, add nuts, seeds, graham cracker crumbs, toffee bits, dried fruit, candy bits, or swirl in some peanut butter or other nut butter. Or use other types of chips, such as butterscotch, white, peanut butter, etc. either in addition to or in a half-and-half combination with the dark chocolate chips for your top layer.
To keep this recipe gluten-free, use GF crackers or make your own GF saltine crackers. To keep vegan, use margarine/Earth Balance and use a vegan cracker.
Hi! A friend sent me your site for this recipe. Love this soooo much! I used it to make a peppermint version, which I blogged about here: -christmas-crack-recipe.htmland linked to you, of course!
I just made these for the first time. They were a hit and miss with me. All my fault though. I used chocolate chips and white chocolate chips, my plan was to marble them. WRONG!!!! The white chocolate chips did not melt. I would not recommend using them. Other than that, they were great! Thanks for sharing.
so happy I stopped over from Jane Deer Blog. Both your Chocolate Saltine Toffee and my Shortbread Cookies were featured last week. I have made some notes on some of your recipes and am going to bake with my kids this weekend!
This is one of those super surprising recipes...you know the kind - where you see an ingredient and think there's just no way you can make something work with that. Saltines?! But OMG it's so good...there's a reason why it's called Christmas crack, lol.
Christmas crackers are a traditional Christmas favorite in the UK. They were first made in about 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith. He had seen the French 'bon bon' sweets (almonds wrapped in pretty paper) on a visit to Paris in 1840. He came back to London and tried selling sweets like that in England and also included a small motto or riddle in with the sweet. But they didn't sell very well.
Legend says that, one night, while he was sitting in front of his log fire, he became very interested by the sparks and cracks coming from the fire. Suddenly, he thought what a fun idea it would be, if his sweets and toys could be opened with a crack when their fancy wrappers were pulled in half.
When Tom died, his expanding cracker business was taken over by his three sons, Tom, Walter and Henry. Walter introduced the hats into crackers and he also traveled around the world looking for new ideas for gifts to put in the crackers. The crowns might have been inspired from Epiphany cakes from Europe which are often decorated with a paper crown on the top.
The company built up a big range of 'themed' crackers. There were ones for bachelors and spinsters (single men and women), where the gifts were things like false teeth and wedding rings! There were also crackers for Suffragettes (women who campaigned to get women the vote), war heroes and even Charlie Chaplain! Crackers were also made for special occasions like Coronations. The British Royal Family still has special crackers made for them today!
The Christmas Crackers that are used today are short cardboard tubes wrapped in colorful paper. There is normally a Cracker next to each plate on the Christmas dinner table. When the crackers are pulled - with a bang! - a colorful party hat, a toy or gift and a festive joke falls out! The party hats look like crowns and it is thought that they symbolise the crowns that might have been worn by the Wise Men.
The world's longest Christmas cracker measured 63.1m (207ft) long and 4m (13ft) in diameter and was made by the parents of children at Ley Hill School and Pre-School, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK on 20 December 2001. Now that would be one big bang!
I liked it with Saltines but wanted to try some other things and found Ritz crackers are even better! Pretzel sticks are to die for and then I switched it up with some white chocolate on top. Just some other ideas if you feel like switching things up!
If you have trouble with your toffee setting, my friend Meggan over at Culinary Hill suggests the use a candy thermometer to ensure your toffee reaches 270-290 degrees before pouring over the crackers.
Christmas Crack Candy can be made with a wide variety of cracker options! This one uses Club crackers for a delicious buttery flavor but saltines or Ritz can easily be substituted. This recipe was topped with pretzel pieces for some additional salt but is optional. My kids really go nuts for this cracker toffee recipe and other homemade candies like these pecan caramel clusters and this Nut Goodie Fudge.
There are a lot of ways to customize your crack toffee to suit your tastes or to customize for particular holidays or celebrations. I chose to add pretzels to the top because it adds a bit of of saltiness and I had them on hand. I prefer to use a square or rectangular shape cracker like Club crackers or Saltines because they fit nicely in the pan. But Ritz can easily be substituted as well.
Yes, you can! Try this with mini saltine crackers, unsalted saltines, Ritz, Club, or other butter crackers. You will need to mix them in a bag or other container and modify the amount of oil. Oyster crackers are also great for this!
This Christmas Crack or saltine cracker toffee is one of the easiest Christmas sweet and salty treat recipes ever! It is made with a layer of Saltine crackers, homemade toffee, and melted chocolate, and topped with your favorite nuts, sprinkles or Christmas candies. It is made with simple ingredients but if the perfect gift to give your loved ones this holiday season.
This Christmas Crack candy is a mixture of chocolate crackers and toffee. It tastes like toffee but has the perfect crunchy bite thanks to the crackers. It is an old school dessert that many have been having since they were very young! It is an easy way to make candy without a thermometer, just make sure to time the recipe right!
Brownie brittle makes this amazing almond brownie crunch, which I lined my 9 x 13" sheet pan with before pouring toffee over it. If you can't find Brownie Brittle, look for a very DRY, THIN, cookie or cracker (saltine, ritz, chocolate wafer cookies). You need to line the whole bottom of the sheet pan with it. Small spaces are fine, the toffee will act as a glue to hold everything together.
A Christmas Cracker is a cardboard paper tube, wrapped in brightly coloured paper and twisted at both ends. There is a banger inside the cracker, two strips of chemically impregnated paper that react with friction so that when the cracker is pulled apart by two people, the cracker makes a bang.