Candy Ayers Recipe

Saltine Toffee

By Candy Ayers CookingChic

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Candy's Story

Before I tried this recipe I was skeptical. I mean how could saltines ever turn into toffee? Well I'm a skeptic no more. This really is a wonderful treat that keeps well in the fridge and actually seems to taste better after a few days.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
When this was in the oven it reminded me of the candy shops in New Orleans where they make their own candy. You would never know this was made with saltines; It looks like a fancy candy you would buy in a candy store. The perfect blend of salty and sweet!

I have a friend that used to make something similiar with graham crackers but, honestly, I like this much better. For the second batch I made, I lowered the temp to 350 and shortened the cooking time to 5 min. Turned out just to my liking! This will be added to my holiday goody baskets. It is inexpensive to make and is sure to impress!!


35 saltine crackers
1/2 c
(1 stick) butter
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1/2 c
firmly packed light brown sugar
(8 squares) semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped (you can also use 8 oz. of chocolate chips)
1 c
chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Place saltines in even rows on lined baking pan.
Melt butter and sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Continue cook on medium-high heat until butter is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently. Bring to boil; boil 3 min. without stirring. Spread evenly over crackers. (Note: this is the only tricky part. A friend advised that if you use a full cup of butter it's much easier to spread but I've stuck to the 1/2 cup measure).
Bake for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped chocolate or chips is using and allow to stand about 5 minutes so chocolate can melt.
Spread melted chocolate evenly over ingredients in pan; sprinkle with nuts. Cool and break into pieces. Store pieces in refrigerator.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Collection: Back to School
Other Tag: For Kids

  • Comments

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    Bonnie D. Utahn - Jan 23, 2011
    This is very interesting. I have to try it! Thanks!
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    Candy Ayers CookingChic - Jan 24, 2011
    This is a really good, kind of addictive treat Bonnie. Just warning you. I was so surprised at the results when I first made it.

    There are many variations on this recipe. One uses butterscotch chips and I've think I saw one that used shortening in some way. I believe this is the basic recipe though and it's good as is. :)
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    Amy Croyle ILUVARTICHOKES - Jan 24, 2011
    Yes these are so good and addicting!!! We always make it at christmas time (but you really can make it any time) We have always called it Christmas Crack (yes because it is addicting) This is really close to the way we make it too except I leave off the nuts. This is a great recipe!! Every one should try it! Good Recipe to post Candy!
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    Bonnie D. Utahn - Jan 24, 2011
    Christmas Crack! Hysterical, Amy! That is so funny!
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    Avery Davis-Fletcher TexAvery - Jan 25, 2011
    I've made this candy many times. The versions I make are called Chocolate Crack and Vanilla Crack.(Thank you, Joanne Fluke). I have also experimented and used many different types of "chips" on top. All are very, very good and always a hit.