Cracker Toffee (Easy Peasy Christmas Candy)

Merry Christmas! Elena and I are whipping together some Christmas candy to give away to our extended family (and enjoy ourselves). Included on our candy platter is this very easy and simple Christmas candy. It has crunch, a slight saltiness, caramel goodness and, of course, chocolate. My mother made it for us growing up and we always loved it. It sounds a little crazy with crackers as the base, but it’s really good! The saltines add a nice crunch and salty base for the sweet caramel and chocolate toppings. I love that it only takes a few minutes to make and with only a couple of ingredients.

Because most of the saltine like crackers have ingredients in it that I don’t like (such as soybean oil) I ran to my nearby health food store and bought Back to Nature’s Organic Saltines. (I’ve wondered if I could use one of my homemade cracker recipes, but didn’t have time to experiment with it. If anyone has tried it with homemade, let me know how it turned out!). While it does contain white flour, it’s a step ahead (or two or three) of normal saltines. I also “updated” the recipe to include natural sweeteners and dark chocolate. Yum!

I think that this candy along side our yummy fudge, and cinnamon vanilla cashews (based off of my walnut recipe), and orange chocolate bark (inspired by Elana’s recipe), we will have a yummy plate of Christmas candy. All of these candies only take a few minutes to whip together, and are easy enough for my four year old to help with. How fun is that?

Besides making candy, I have fresh clams in the fridge for our favorite stuffed clam recipe for tomorrow night (spent with Joel’s family) and I will also be making biscuits and gravy, slow cooker applesauce and whole wheat (soaked) cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning and mashed potatoes to go with our Christmas dinner that my mom is hosting. It should be a fun, yummy, Christmas day filled with good food, family, and lots of celebrating what Christ has done for us.

What are you all doing? I would love to hear!

    Cracker Toffee
    1 stick of butter (preferably grass fed)
    1 cup of rapadura, sucanat or, coconut sugar
    1 sleeve of saltine style crackers
    2 cups of dark chocolate chips (I used grain sweetened)

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I suggest you line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. I didn’t and felt like it was much to hard to remove the candy. Spread the crackers side by side on a jelly roll pan. In a small pot over medium low heat, add the butter and sugar. Melt the butter and cook for a few minutes, or until the mixture turns gooey and caramel like. Spread over the crackers.

2) Place in the oven for 5 minutes, or until the caramel mixture is bubbly. Remove from the oven and evenly sprinkle the chocolate chips over it. Place back into the oven just for 30 to 60 seconds, or until the chocolate is softened enough to spread. Spread out evenly with a heat resistant kitchen tool (such as a spatula).

3) Place in a freezer for one hour until hardened. Remove and break into small pieces (for a more even look, cut with a sharp knife and then remove with a spatula). Store in the freeze until ready to giveaway or serve. Enjoy!

KimiHarris

I love beautiful and simple food that is nourishing to the body and the soul. I wrote Fresh: Nourishing Salads for All Seasons and Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons as another outlet of sharing this love of mine. I also love sharing practical tips on how to make a real food diet work on a real life budget. Find me online elsewhere by clicking on the icons below!

Comments

  1. says

    I love making this! It is so easy to make and most people don’t realize it has saltines until I tell them (well, unless they have turned it over, but doesn’t everyone eat it with the chocolate up?!)
    Merry Christmas!

  2. says

    I can see why this recipe would be delicious. I should give it a shot!! I will be celebrating Christmas with my family :) and like you, celebrating the TRUE meaning of the season, that Jesus Christ is born and has saved us. Happy Birthday Jesus and Merry Christmas Kimi!

    • KimiHarris says

      I am actually just making “mock” cinnamon rolls with the biscuit dough (linked above). It’s super easy and yummy! Just roll with sweetener and cinnamon and raisins-if you want) and cut into small slices. You can also sweeten the biscuit dough if you like. This is a Christmas tradition for Elena and I to do together.

      • Kaye Warren says

        You have made me curious with your biscuit dough cinnamon rolls. You wrote that the recipe was linked above. Could you help me by posting the link to the recipe with your comment? Thank you very much!!!

      • says

        We already love this biscuit recipe, and I never thought of rolling it with sucanat and cinnamon (& raisins). It sounds heavenly! I’m going to make these this week. Thank you, yet again :)

  3. says

    We are having a pizza night with my folks tonight and them tomorrow it’s just us and the children.

    I am making a Tip Roast with Baked Potatoes, Broccoli and Roasted Shrimp Coctail. Keeping things simple.

    The children and I already made biscotti and sugar cookie cutouts.

  4. says

    rising soaked cinnamon rolls–took my nana’s original recipe and made a soaked version with a biga dough–so far looks really good! then eggnog, but can’t wait to try this, too. thank you and happy christmas!

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  6. Theresa says

    Hi Kimi,
    This is a favorite in our house, but we make it a little different. We leave the crackers, butter and sugar mix in the oven for 10 minutes, then we take it out and immediately sprinkle the choc. chips over on the top. After two to three minutes, the chips are ready to be smoothed out over the crackers. Finally, we finish it off by ADDING about 1 CUP CHOPPED PECANS, lightly pressing them into the melted chocolate. :)

  7. Megan says

    Looks wonderful Kimi! My 2 year old and I made up some of the cinnamon vanilla nuts (using almonds, cashews, and walnuts) for gifts and they were very popular! I also tweaked your fudge recipe to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge to put in my little girl’s stocking. Thanks so much for the amazing recipes!

  8. says

    My Grandma made these for us all the time growing up. I have the recipe now and use healthier, organic ingredients like the recipe you posted. Yum!!! Every bite brings back the best memories!

  9. Linda Osmond says

    I just made these with gluten-free, rice crackers! And I substituted raw honey for the sugar. There were great!

  10. Amanda says

    I make a similar recipe- except I do 1 cup of butter and club crackers instead of saltines. We call it Christmas Crack :)

  11. Heather says

    Love all your recipes…would you mind sharing your whole wheat soaked cinnamon rolls?? Would love to try them!! Thanks for all your time you put into this! :)

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