This Christmas crack candy recipe is a delicious, old fashioned blast from the past. It is great as a Christmas or holiday gift and is a very simple recipe. The perfect combination of salty and sweet comes together to form what some call saltine candy. This toffee flavored candy can be quite addicting.
Christmas Crack Candy Recipe
Christmas crack can go by quite a few various names or nicknames. It is also known as saltine candy, old fashioned saltine toffee candy, saltine cracker English toffee candy, or saltine cracker candy. I am certain there are other terms out there for it, but these are some of the more popular names you will hear flying around. There is no clear history as to where this candy recipe specifically came from, although I am glad it was continuously passed down over the years so we can enjoy it to this day.
I love making Christmas crack candy every year, and it has become somewhat of a tradition to make it at some point during the Christmas season. Honestly, it can be made at any time of the year. However, it is more popular during the holiday season and is usually used solely as a Christmas candy.
How Do You MakeChristmas Crack Candy?
First, you’ll want to begin by heating your oven to 350 degrees and wrap an average-sized cake pan in foil, greased generously. Line the pan with a single layer of saltine crackers. Next, in a saucepot, melt your butter and brown sugar until it bubbles consistently. At this point, allow it to simmer for about two minutes longer before pouring the mixture over the saltines evenly. Place the pan in the oven for about five minutes, then remove and sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips. Put it back in the oven for a minute. Using a flat utensil, spread the warmed chocolate chips over the top of the candy evenly. Quickly sprinkle with your preferred toppings before placing them in the fridge to chill for an hour. Once cooled, break into pieces like you would peanut brittle.
Tips for making this Christmas craxck candy recipe:
● ½ sleeve of Saltine Crackers is approximately 24 crackers.
● In the US, 1 stick of butter = 8 ounces, so 2 sticks = 1 pound.
● If you are unsure whether or not your brown sugar mixture is ready, you can use a candy thermometer to see if it has reached 285°F. You do not want to overcook the sugar as it will taste burnt and ruin the entire dessert.
● You can use any topping you prefer. Some popular toppings are: sprinkles, chocolate chips, Christmas M&Ms, nuts, etc.
● It is important that the toppings go on quickly once you have spread the chocolate as it will cool quickly. You want the toppings to stick and cool into the chocolate
● Once you get the sugar mixture to the bubbling point, do not stir it while it simmers for two minutes or so. This helps its process.
● This Christmas crack candy recipe can also be made with soda cracks or ritz crackers.
Common Questions About Christmas Crack Candy
Can I Freeze Christmas Crack?
Unfortunately, this treat cannot be frozen due to the cracker portion of the candy. When defrosted, the bottom ends up mushy, resulting in the candy basically falling apart. It is a very unpleasant texture and taste which means it will end up in the garbage. The best place to store the toffee candy is in the fridge in an airtight container. It can also be stored outside the fridge, it just will not last as long. A general rule of thumb is around three days outside the fridge and around seven days inside the fridge.
Why Are Saltine Crackers Called Soda Crackers?
Saltine crackers are often called soda crackers due to the baking soda used to make them. There are few ingredients that go into saltine crackers, which may make the baking soda involvement stand out more. They are a 2-inch by 2-inch cracker that has a distinct set of holes that are made during their creation for steam to release in the baking process. They are topped with a sprinkle of salt and work great as a snack.
What is Good with Saltine Crackers?
Saltine crackers are very versatile and go well with a plethora of items and they’re even great by themselves. They have long been used as a snack for adults and children alike. They’ve also been popularly served with soups and chilis across the US for decades. Items such as apples, pears, various cheeses, pepperoni, salami, dips, cheese balls, etc. all pair really well with saltine crackers. As you can see with this recipe, they even work great as a crust for some desserts. There’s no limit to what a saltine cracker is good with.
How Do You Store Saltine Crackers?
Saltine crackers are best stored in an airtight container, in a dry area such as a cabinet. They don’t do well will condensation which means storing them in the fridge or freezer wouldn’t be a very good option. However, if they’re stored in an area of the kitchen or pantry that gets too cold, this also could result in them going bad much quicker than usual. If their package hasn’t been open, simply storing them in the box, unopened is fine as well.
This terrific Christmas crack candy recipe is always made in our house for the holidays! Different toppings keep the recipe fresh and varied! This saltine candy is one of my most requested treats and I bet you would get the same response if you added it to your candy list this year.
If you would like more Christmas candy recipes, you may enjoy these:
Christmas Crack Candy Recipe Ingredients:
● 24 Saltine Crackers
● 1 cup Unsalted Butter
● 1 cup of Light Brown Sugar
● 1 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
● ½ cup of Holiday M&Ms
● ½ cup of Assorted Christmas Sprinkles
Christmas Crack Candy Mise en Place:
● 9″x13″ Pan
● Aluminum Foil
● Measuring Cup
● Airtight Container
Christmas Crack Candy Recipe Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Line a 9″x13″ pan with foil and grease it generously.
3. Place 24 saltine crackers flat on the lined tray.
4. Combine the butter and the brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat it over medium heat until it is steadily bubbling. Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
5. Pour the toffee sauce all over the saltine crackers.
6. Place the pan of saltines in the preheated 350°F oven for 5 minutes.
7. Take out the hot pan from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the toffee saltines.
8. Place the pan in the oven for a minute.
9. Spread the melted chocolate over the entire saltine crackers.
10. Sprinkle the top of the chocolate immediately with holiday M&Ms and assorted Christmas sprinkles.
11. Allow the Christmas crack to chill in the fridge for an hour.
12. Break the Christmas crack into small pieces for serving.
13. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
- 24 Saltine Crackers
- 1 cup Unsalted Butter
- 1 cup of Light Brown Sugar
- 1 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- ½ cup of Holiday M&Ms
- ½ cup of Assorted Christmas Sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Line a 9"x13" pan with foil and grease it generously.
- Place 24 saltine crackers flat on the lined tray.
- Combine the butter and the brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat it over medium heat until it is steadily bubbling. Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
- Pour the toffee sauce all over the saltine crackers.
- Place the pan of saltines in the preheated 350°F oven for 5 minutes.
- Take out the hot pan from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the toffee saltines.
- Place the pan in the oven for a minute.
- Spread the melted chocolate over the entire saltine crackers.
- Sprinkle the top of the chocolate immediately with holiday M&Ms and assorted Christmas sprinkles.
- Allow the Christmas crack to chill in the fridge for an hour.
- Break the Christmas crack into small pieces for serving.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
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