I’ve heard this toffee called Christmas Crack.
I think that name is most fitting but others have more P.C. names for it and some variations on the recipe.
They all used matzoh whereas I used saltines.
Paula Deen also uses saltines and she calls it Pine Bark
Really Paula, with all that butter, sugar, and chocolate, and the best name you could come up with is Pine Bark?
I call it easy and amazing.
Recipe looks a little long but I am just being extra thorough explaining the steps. It’s very easy: Boil sugar and butter, pour over saltines, bake, add chocolate chips. Done. But I want to make sure no one messes up their crack so am being very detailed.
I recommend making this for a holiday party or as a Homemade Holiday Food Gift for folks on your to-buy-for (or to-make-for) list.
You may not necessarily want it all around your house. Because it’s really, really addictive. As the name would imply.
There is also no saltine cracker taste. The crackers make for the perfect toffee base that holds all the gooey, caramely, wonderfulness together.
But you definitely don’t bite into the toffee and say oh, this tastes like saltines.
When I gave it to Scott and asked him what he thought was in it he said, “chocolate?” Yes, good call, Einstein. But he had no clue there was toffee in it.
This is an iPhone picture taken in a very hot Aruba kitchen at about 11:17pm the other night as the chocolate chips were poured over the almost finished
crack saltine toffee.
Between the 86F degree evening, no A/C in the kitchen, the stovetop that I had on to boil the butter and sugar, and then the 350F oven that was on, I’m pretty sure you could have fried an egg on my forehead I was so hot.
Same thing when I was trying to take the pictures the next day. It was literally melting before my eyes.
The brown sugar + butter base and the chocolate top? Not exactly Caribbean heatproof. Best to keep this stuff chilled or at normal (wintertime in the U.S.) room temperatures
But this stuff was well worth every hot, melty moment.
They don't call this stuff 'Christmas Crack' for nothing. It's easy to make, extremely addictive, and combines a salty, sweet, crunchy, and chewy into a holiday favorite.
Yield: one 9x13 pan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 to 7 minutes
Total Time: about 1 hour, for cooling
30 to 40 saltine crackers (I used about 32 crackers)
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup brown sugar, packed (I used half light and half dark because that's what I had)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used one 12-ounce bag of TJ's semi sweet morsels, also see optional note below)
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Have you ever tried Christmas Crack, Chocolate Saltine Toffee, or something similar?
What’s the most addictive holiday treat you make or like to eat at someone else’s house?
I am going to say the White Chocolate Peanut Butter Vanilla Puppy Chow ranks right up there for me.
Or else the original dark chocolate puppy chow, too.
See this post for more info.
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