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Chocolate Cracker Candy with toasted coconut on top

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!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 pieces (approx.)


  • 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.


*IMPORTANT NOTE: Use only stick butter and margarine - not soft or light. Must use the margarine so that the butter does not burn OR you may use ALL butter (2 sticks) but  cook it for less time.
Source: Adapted from a family friend Margaret S.
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Keyword candy, chocolate, dessert, gluten free, holiday