It wouldn't be Christmas without a Christmas Crack recipe! This saltine toffee recipe is a perennial favorite, especially for gifting.
This chocolate saltine toffee recipe is a sweet treat with salty flavor from the crackers and a ton of rich flavor from the buttery toffee! Once you try it, you won't be able to stop eating it.
I don't possess the skill OR the patience to make candy, so you won't find me making traditional Christmas candy recipes! This saltine cracker candy recipe is the exception because it's SO dang easy to make. No candy thermometer required!
To make this easy chocolate saltine toffee, all you need are crackers, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and chocolate chips! The brown sugar, butter and vanilla form a toffee bark layer, which is then topped with a chocolate layer made from the melted chocolate chips.
What do I need to make Christmas Cracker Candy? And frequent substitutions.
- Saltine crackers: You can also use graham crackers, ritz crackers or club crackers.
- Light brown sugar: You can also use dark brown sugar
- Butter: If you use unsalted butter add ¼ teaspoon sea salt to the recipe to balance out the sweetness
- Vanilla extract
- Milk chocolate chips: I used Ghirardelli chips. Make sure to use a high-quality brand so they melt smoothy and the chocolate is easily spread. You can also use a high-quality chocolate bar, or white chocolate.
- Sprinkles: I used red and green sprinkles to keep with the Christmas theme of these treats. You can use any color and shape of sprinkle or even replace the sprinkles with crushed nuts, shredded coconut, red and green M&M candies, or just stick with the plain chocolate topping.
You will need measuring cups, a large baking sheet, non-stick aluminum foil, a saucepan and whisk.
How can I store this recipe?
Store the Christmas Crack candy in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Why is my Christmas Crack chewy?
If you find that your candy is very sticky and chewy it’s most likely because you didn’t cook the brown sugar and butter long enough. Make sure it comes to a good roiling boil and continues to boil for the entire 3 minutes. This toffee will be slightly chewy, but it shouldn’t be very sticky or super soft.
Why is my chocolate not setting?
If you find your chocolate to still be melted and not hardening after sitting overnight, it may be too warm in your kitchen. You can place the Christmas Crack in the fridge or freezer for up to 1 hour to harden. Note that your chocolate may change color a bit after being cooled but it will still taste delicious!
- 40 saltine crackers
- 1 cup (222 g) light brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup (226g) salted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (11.5 ounce/326 g) package high-quality milk chocolate chips or chocolate bars
- Christmas sprinkles or crushed candy canes
- Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Cover a half-sheet sized baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper making sure to overlap the sides completely.
- Line the saltine crackers in a single layer on the sheet pan. It's ok if a few overlap on the edges.
- In a medium saucepan combine the brown sugar and butter to make the toffee mixture. Heat over low-medium heat, stirring often, until it the butter melts and it comes to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes without stirring. The mixture will come to a full rolling boil and get very sticky. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Pour the brown sugar mixture evenly over the crackers. Bake for 5 minutes.
- Remove the crackers from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top. Allow the chocolate to melt for 1-2 minutes then spread the melted chocolate over the entire top of the cracker layer.
- Top with sprinkles and allow the candy to cool and set overnight.
- Crack into pieces with your hands or use a knife for a cleaner cut.
- Enjoy the finished candy as an easy gift or dessert!
If you're having issues with your toffee or chocolate setting, check the notes in the body of the post above this recipe card.