Toffee Saltine Crack

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5 from 9 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Toffee Saltine Crack is a a simple toffee caramel poured over saltine crackers and then covered in luscious melted chocolate. It is often called Christmas Crack.

A metal pail of toffee saltine crackers.

This Toffee Saltine Crack is truly delicious – you’ll find yourself going back for more. It is such a thoughtful gift to give to people and also a wonderful hostess gift. It will become everyone’s favorite holiday treat.


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What We Love About This Recipe

With the invention of the saltine crackers in the 1800’s people have been coming up with unique ways to use them. Including this seasonal recipe. Find out its origins.

  • 30 Minute Treat: This saltine toffee only takes minutes to make and about a half hour to set up.
  • Easy Ingredients: This cracker candy only takes a few minutes and only a couple of ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: A snappy crack of toffee when you bite into this candy makes it super fun and delicious.
  • Adaptable: Can make these toffee crackers with dark chocolate, white chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Makes Great Gifts: Place the Christmas Crack Candy in a festive tin for the perfect gift.
A small pile of the toffee saltine crackers.

Ingredient Notes

  • Saltine Crackers: Two sleeves or about 64 crackers.
  • Brown Sugar: Light brown sugar or sugar substitute.
  • Butter: salted butter or unsalted butter will work.
  • Chocolate Chips: One 12 ounce bag.
  • Pecans: chopped. Or any type of nuts you like can be added to the mixture.
Crackers for the toffee candy.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Toffee Saltine Crack

These are the basic steps for making the Saltine Cracker Toffee. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and total time.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat the oven and prepare your rimmed baking tray. You can use a non stick cooking spray and parchment paper or a non stick aluminum foil for your pan.

STEP 2: ARRANGE

Next arrange the crackers in a single layer, covering the whole baking sheet. Then in a saucepan boil the butter and sugar for a minute and pour the brown sugar mixture over the saltines.

STEP 3: BAKE

Then bake for 8 to 10 minutes and then remove from the oven and sprinkle the chips over the mixture in a single layer. Spread the melting chocolate over the crackers and finely refrigerate for about a half hour and then break into pieces.

Chocolate on crackers.

Prep and Storage Tips

MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This is a great make ahead recipe as this treat will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It takes little to no prep time.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Always store in an airtight container or zip top bag. It is good at room temperature for five days.

CAN YOU FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze the crack candy for up to three months in an airtight container.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try using a low sugar or sugar free chocolate chip, a brown sugar substitute that is sugar free or low salt or no salt crackers.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT CRACKERS?

Of course, you can use your favorites such as club crackers, ritz crackers, graham crackers etc.

RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, since it is great for gift giving make this christmas crack candy in several batches and have it during the holidays.

WHY IS MY TOFFEE GRAINY OR TOO CHEWY?

For best results, when making the toffee mixture, it is best to have a candy thermometer. The toffee needs to reach 270-280 degrees before you pour over the crackers.

A side view of the pail of candy.

Expert Tips for Making This Saltine Toffee Recipe

  • Add Sprinkles: Fun and festive sprinkles are such a colorful way to make this crack candy.
  • Nuts: Switch out the pecans for walnuts or peanuts if you wish or leave them out if you are afraid of nut allergies.
  • Variation tip: Use different colored chocolate melts to drizzle on top for even more christmas color.
  • Alternate ingredient: Candies add a nice touch to this toffee crack. Try adding coated chocolate candies on top. Or replace crackers with pretzel thins.

What to Serve with Toffee Saltine Crack

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A metal pail of toffee saltine crackers.
5 from 9 votes

Toffee Saltine Crack

Yield: 42 pieces
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Toffee Saltine Crack is a a simple toffee caramel poured over saltine crackers and then covered in luscious melted chocolate. It is often called Christmas Crack.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Place crackers in a single layer, covering the entire baking sheet.
  • Boil butter and sugar for one minute; pour over crackers.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from over and quickly place chocolate chips on top in a single layer.
  • As chocolate chips melt, spread into an even coating.
  • Refrigerate until hard (at least 30 minutes) and break into pieces.

Expert Tips

  • Add Sprinkles: Fun and festive sprinkles are such a colorful way to make this crack candy.
  • Nuts: Switch out the pecans for walnuts or peanuts if you wish or leave them out if you are afraid of nut allergies.
  • Variation tip: Use different colored chocolate melts to drizzle on top for even more christmas color.
  • Alternate ingredient: Candies add a nice touch to this toffee crack. Try adding coated chocolate candies on top.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brittle, christmas, Gift giving

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7 thoughts on “Toffee Saltine Crack”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is a must-try! It’s easy to make my family can’t get enough of it. Thanks, Christina, for this amazing recipe. We enjoyed it so much.

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  2. 5 stars
    This is a hit! Everyone loves it. We enjoyed this toffee saltine crack with extra melted chocolate, it was so good! We’ll surely add this to our Christmas treats list. Highly recommended!

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