Chocolate Cracker Candy
Chocolate Cracker Candy is a sweet and salty homemade candy sometimes referred to as “Christmas Crack.” It can be left plain chocolate or topped with toasted coconut, M&M candies, or sprinkles. It keeps well in the fridge and is perfect for holiday gifting in a festive tin!
This post was originally published as the 5th Day of Christmas in my 12 Days of Christmas Series.
My family first had Chocolate Cracker Candy at a family friend’s house many years ago and fell in love with it. It’s pretty simple but so delicious. I know there are several versions of this recipe around – some using graham crackers for example. I prefer the saltines because they really contribute to the salty/sweet aspects of the candy. And no one will ever guess they are saltines – seriously!
I’ve made a note below that you must use real, stick butter and margarine for this recipe for it to turn out right. I know some people prefer to avoid margarine, so if that’s the case this might not be the recipe for you. I personally don’t use margarine on a daily basis but will make an exception for exceptional recipes such as this 🙂 UPDATE: I have now switched to using ALL butter, I just have to reduce the time the sugar and butter simmer and keep a close eye on it!
I make this candy every year during the holidays and give it away in decorative tins or wrapped up in small bags. When stored in the fridge, it lasts quite a long time. Another thing I love about this candy is that it’s so versatile – you can top it with virtually anything (think candy, peppermint, toasted coconut, nuts) and even the chocolate can be personalized to suit your taste – white chocolate, colored chocolate, mint chocolate, raspberry chocolate, swirled, etc. I usually prefer straight up traditional (no topping, semi-sweet chocolate), but feel free to get creative. You will not be disappointed!
Last year I decorated with these red/green swirl morsels.
I could not find them this year 🙁 I decided to use dark chocolate holiday M&M’s instead.
I also decorated with toasted coconut this year for the first time.
I served this Chocolate Cracker Candy at our Holiday Open House. I often give it as a Host/Hostess gift when attending parties and to teachers, bus drivers, etc. It is always a HUGE hit, hence the name “Christmas Crack”!
Gluten Free Chocolate Cracker Candy
Use gluten free crackers in place of saltines. I have not tired this myself, but I think it should work well!
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- salted saltine crackers (approximately 1 sleeve)
- 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick, see note)
- 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick, see note)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Optional toppings: red/green swirl morsels (M&M’s, toasted coconut, crushed peppermint, chopped nuts (pecans or almonds))
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a medium-sized (close to 10 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ x 1″) jelly roll pan with foil.
- Place one layer of saltine crackers edge to edge to cover the pan.
- In a heavy saucepan, heat the butter, margarine, and sugar to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, no stirring necessary. If using all butter (2 sticks), keep a close eye on it to prevent it from burning. It may only take 2 minutes. If the butter mixture begins to turn brown, remove from heat and proceed with recipe.
- Pour mixture over saltines and spread with a rubber spatula if necessary to distribute evenly over the crackers.
- Bake about 6-10 minutes or until crackers are golden brown (the browner the crackers, the more toffee-tasting the candy will be).
- Remove from oven and pour the chocolate chips over the crackers. Wait 1-2 minutes, then spread the chocolate to cover the entire surface. Optional: decorate with toppings of choice.
- Refrigerate pan for 2 hours or longer. Break candy into pieces. Store in refrigerator for best results.