Saltine Crack Candy

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Saltine Crack Candy, also known as Christmas crack, is a sweet and salty holiday treat made with saltine crackers, toffee, and chocolate. This addictive 30-minute recipe makes a great gift- light, crispy, and perfect for snacking.

Toffee Saltine Candy broke into pieces


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Saltine Crackers: The Star of Christmas Crack Candy

These delicious chocolate and caramel candies got their name from their saltine cracker base, which gives them a crisp “cracking” sound. Plus these saltine crackers coated with toffee is really easy to make.

Saltines were invented in the early 19th century, but Premium brand Saltines, produced by the Josiah Bent Bakery, were the first trademarked Saltine brand in 1876. They are made with baking soda, hence why they’re also called “soda crackers.” Saltines can be eaten with sweet and savory toppings, or enjoyed on their own.

Why This Cracker Candy Recipe aka Christmas Crack is a Keeper

  • 30 Minute Treat: This saltine toffee only takes minutes to make, and about a half hour to set up. this candy is made so easily.
  • Family Friendly: A snappy crack of toffee when you bite into this candy makes it super fun and delicious.
  • Adaptable: Make these toffee crackers with milk chocolate, white chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate chips. You do not require a candy thermometer required.
  • Makes Great Gifts: Place the Christmas Crack Candy in a festive tin for the perfect gift. This recipe is easy, do not skip this recipe.

If you’re looking for more holiday gift recipes, try these: Christmas Chex Mix, Sugar Cookies with Hershey’s Kisses, and Best Apple Pie Moonshine.

Can You Make Saltine Crack Candy With Different Candy Chips?

A pail of the finished treat.

Of course you can! Vary this toffee recipe with butterscotch, dark chocolate, or white chocolate chips. This simple candy is one of the easiest candy recipes that you can make.

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Cracker Candy Ingredient Notes to Make Saltine Cracker Candy

Crackers brown sugar and chocolate chips.

Not only are the ingredients for this cracker candy recipe simple, like butter and brown sugar, they also provide the perfect mix of sweet and salty. Find them easily in your kitchen, or at any grocery store.

  • Saltine Crackers: This Christmas crack recipe makes two sleeves of crackers, or about 64 of them. For the cracker layer for the toffee candy.
  • Chocolate Chips: One 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips. Use any brand of chocolate.
  • Pecans: Use chopped pecans, or any type of nuts you like. You will love this recipe because of it’s versatility.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions to Make Christmas Crack Recipe

Looking for even more ways to make saltine cracker candy? This candy made with saltine crackers with a chocolate topping that you pour over crackers. Try these tips for cracker candy ingredients.

  • Different Salted Crackers: Use water crackers, Graham crackers, or Ritz crackers to vary your flavor.
  • Pretzel Thins: Instead of saltines, try pretzel thins for this simple recipe.
  • Candy Canes: In addition to melted chocolate chips, add crushed candy canes on top of this holiday treat for this easy cracker candy recipe.
  • Cracker Candy without Chocolate Layer: Skip the chocolate and just use the toffee layer with sprinkles.

How to Make Toffee Crack Candy

Just follow these three simple steps to make this crispy Christmas cracker candy. It’s so easy to make, and uses simple ingredients.

These are the basic steps for making saltine crack candy. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Arranging the saltines.

Step 1: Prep the Toffee Saltine Crack

First, preheat the oven and prepare your rimmed baking tray. You can use parchment paper or aluminum foil for your pan. Be sure to cover in cooking spray to make the process easier.

Step 2: Arrange the Saltine Crackers in a Single Layer

Next, arrange the crackers in a single layer, covering the whole baking sheet. Then in a saucepan, cook the butter and brown sugar, Boil for 3 minutes and pour the brown sugar mixture over the saltines. Make sure cracker covered completely.

Step 3: Bake and Sprinkle the Chocolate Chips on Top of the Crackers and Spread

 Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and sprinkle the chips over the mixture in a single layer. Melt the chocolate. Spread the melted chocolate chips over the saltine toffee layer and finely refrigerate for about a half hour. Break the candy into pieces after candy cool. Store Christmas Crack in an airtight container at room temperature.

Melting butter and sugar.

Recipe FAQs for Christmas Cracker Candy

You can make this chocolate crack candy up to two weeks in advance. Refrigerate in an airtight container.

While you don’t need a candy thermometer to make this Christmas candy, for best results, when making the toffee mixture, it is best to have one on hand. The toffee needs to reach 270-280 degrees before you pour it over the crackers.

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

A close up on the Christmas saltine crack.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe for Saltine Toffee

  • Add Sprinkles: Fun and festive sprinkles are such a colorful way to make this candy. Sprinkle on top of the chocolate.
  • Nuts: Switch out the pecans for walnuts or peanuts if you wish or leave them out, or if you have nut allergies.
  • Variation Tip: Use different colored chocolate melts to drizzle on top for even more Christmas color to the Toffee Saltine Crack.
  • Alternate Ingredient: Candies add a nice touch to this toffee crack. Try adding coated chocolate candies on top, or replace crackers with pretzel thins.
A metal pail of toffee saltine crackers.
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Saltine Crack Candy

Yield: 42 pieces
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Saltine Crack Candy 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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  • 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

7 thoughts on “Saltine Crack Candy”

  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.

  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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