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Christmas Crack(er) Toffee

Hey foodies, have you ever had Christmas Crack Candy? It's a super delicious and addictive treat that is perfect for the holidays! This easy recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients, and it's so good that you'll want to make it all year long.

I'll never forget the year I was introduced to Christmas crack, as it was lovingly called. I think it was the first thing we devoured in full from the cookie exchange basket!

I'm not even going to say how quick it was gone, it's slightly embarrassing, but sufficient to say, it didn't even make it all the way home with me. So I guess by we devoured it, I mean me.

But hey, this is a judgment free zone, right?

Either way, you'll love this quick, easy, salty and sweet Christmas cracker candy. Plus, it's really easy to customize with your favorite flavors, so get creative!

This Christmas cracker candy recipe is dedicated to judgement free zones!

Overhead view of christmas cracker toffee in a white bowl.

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Tips + Tricks

No. 1 --> If you're using a chocolate bar in place of chocolate chips, ensure it's a good melting chocolate. I've made this recipe before and used a chocolate bar that seized in the oven and was gritty and awful! I've had great luck with Lindt bars.

No. 2 --> Get creative with it! I've included some fun variations below so you can really customize this sweet and salty treat to your liking.

No. 3 --> Don't forget to allow your Christmas toffee to cool sufficiently before breaking apart. The chocolate and caramel need to be completely set or you'll run into issues.

No. 4 --> Spread the caramel and chocolate gently! If you're too vigorous, the crackers can shift causing pools of crunchy caramel, which while delicious, can affect how how much you're able to spread it over the crackers.

Christmas crack toffee in a white bowl.

Key Ingredients

Crackers: Kind of hard to make Christmas cracker treats without the "crack"! Am I rite?! Good old fashioned saltine crackers are great in this recipe!

Chocolate: You're worth it, splurge for the good chocolate. I used a chopped Lindt Dark Chocolate bar for this recipe while taking photos, and I would do it again! That said, if you don't have a chocolate bar handy, use high quality chocolate chips. Ideally, semi sweet or dark. Milk chocolate will work but I find the whole thing too sweet with milk chocolate.

Ingredients for Christmas crack saltine toffee.

How To Make Christmas Crack (er) Candy

Make the caramel:

  1. Preheat oven to 375f. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out saltine crackers in neat, close rows.
  2. In a large saucepan, add 1 cup of salted butter and 1 cup of lightly packed brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium low heat and allow to boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour the boiling mixture over the saltine crackers and carefully spread, trying to avoid moving around the crackers.

Add the chocolate + bake:

  1. Sprinkle the chocolate around the top of the caramel covered crackers and place in the preheated oven. Bake at 375f for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and carefully spread the chocolate around in an even layer.
  3. Sprinkle the top of the chocolate with fleur de sel or coarse sea salt.
  4. Place in fridge to cool for at least 2 hours.
  5. Once completely cooled, crack the Christmas cracker toffee and place in desired storage container.

Variations + Substitutions

This recipe is so fun because there are so many different variations and iterations.

Change up the cracker. Use one of these:

  • graham crackers
  • Ritz crackers
  • pretzel crackers

Change up the chocolate. Try these ideas:

  • white chocolate chips
  • peanut butter chips
  • butterscotch chips
  • no chocolate (!?)

Change up the topping. Get creative:

  • pretzels again (chocolate plus caramel plus pretzel = best)
  • sprinkles
  • chopped nuts, like pecans or walnuts
  • dried fruits, like cranberries!
  • chopped candy canes
  • marshmallows (especially if using graham crackers!)
Overhead view of christmas crack candy.

Batch + Storage Information

Batch:

A single recipe of this irresistible Christmas Crack(er) treat makes about 12 servings. If you're gifting this recipe as part of a cookie exchange, I'd recommend 1/2 a batch per dozen cookies required.

Storage:

Christmas cracker toffee can be stored in an airtight container or cookie jar at room temperature for up to 7 days, or in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months (as if it's going to last that long!)

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Baking Sheet: A 10x15" rimmed baking sheet or jelly roll pan is perfect for this recipe. I prefer this size because it fits 42 saltines so perfectly!

Parchment Paper: Parchment paper makes this Christmas Crack recipe so easy, the caramel won't stick and it's reusable! Bonus!

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Christmas cracker toffee in a white bowl.
Yield: 12 servings

Christmas Crack(er) Toffee

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Looking for a delicious and festive treat to bring to your Christmas party? Look no further than this addictive Christmas cracker toffee! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this sweet and crunchy treat is sure to please everyone. Plus, it's easy to make - perfect for beginner cooks. So get ready to wow your friends and family with this delicious Christmas crack!

Ingredients

  • 42 saltine crackers
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips
  • fleur de sel or coarse sea salt, for garnish

Instructions

    Make the caramel:

    1. Preheat oven to 375f. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out saltine crackers in neat, close rows.
    2. In a large saucepan, add 1 cup of salted butter and 1 cup of lightly packed brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium low heat and allow to boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Pour the boiling mixture over the saltine crackers and carefully spread, trying to avoid moving around the crackers.

    Add the chocolate + bake:

    1. Sprinkle the chocolate around the top of the caramel covered crackers and place in the preheated oven. Bake at 375f for 5 minutes.
    2. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and carefully spread the chocolate around in an even layer.
    3. Sprinkle the top of the chocolate with fleur de sel or coarse sea salt.
    4. Place in fridge to cool for at least 2 hours.
    5. Once completely cooled, crack the Christmas cracker toffee and place in desired storage container.

    Notes

    Batch:

    A single recipe of this irresistible Christmas Crack(er) treat makes about 12 servings. If you're gifting this recipe as part of a cookie exchange, I'd recommend 1/2 a batch per dozen cookies required.

    Storage:

    Christmas cracker toffee can be stored in an airtight container or cookie jar at room temperature for up to 7 days, or in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months (as if it's going to last that long!)

    Variations + substitutions

    This recipe is so fun because there are so many different variations and iterations.

    Change up the cracker. Use one of these:

  1. graham crackers
  2. Ritz crackers
  3. pretzel crackers
  4. Change up the chocolate. Try these ideas:

    • white chocolate chips
    • peanut butter chips
    • butterscotch chips
    • no chocolate (!?)

    Change up the topping. Get creative:

  5. pretzels again (chocolate plus caramel plus pretzel = best)
  6. sprinkles
  7. chopped nuts, like pecans or walnuts
  8. dried fruits, like cranberries!
  9. chopped candy canes
  10. marshmallows (especially if using graham crackers!)
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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    12

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 3gSugar: 30gProtein: 3g

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    Jennifer

    Thursday 16th of December 2021

    I just tried this today... I didn't have butter, so I used Margerine...Also cut up some older Purdy's chocolates that I had and it worked perfectly. I will be making it again for sure!

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