When I was in college, one of the girls who lived on my floor in the dorm always got care packages from her Grandmother full of many of her favorite treats. Now, if I’m being honest, I thought this was a little weird as she lived less than an hour away and she went home at least once a month, but I suppose it’s just a typical sweet grandma thing to do. Anyway, one of the items that was frequently included were what they called cracker toffee – a saltine cracker covered in sweet caramel. Holy moly. I’m pretty sure that they caused me to have a few cavities as they were delicious and addictive.
It never occurred to me to ask for the recipe back then, as I was 19 and not remotely interested in adding to my culinary repertoire at that time, but have often thought of it since – typically when I see a box of saltine crackers.
I’ve seen recipes online for different cracker candy variations, but decided that I would just make a caramel and wing it.
It’s salty, it’s sweet. It’s chocolatey. It has pecans. It is everything I could want in a dessert. You can also personalize this by using whatever kind of chocolate chips you like, eliminate the nuts, change to a different nut, add M&M’s or other candy… the possibilities are endless.
I love that these don’t require making a giant mess in my kitchen with flour everywhere, and they are ready in just a few minutes. I think they are great to take to parties or for when you have guests coming over and you don’t want to have a big dessert – or one that requires doing more dishes.
Proceed with caution, however. Once you start eating this, it can be very difficult to walk away.
- Two Sleeves Saltine Crackers
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cover a large cookie sheet with saltine crackers. I use a very large one that will hold two sleeves of saltines.
- In a small saucepan, melt butter and sugar. Allow to come to a boil and continue to boil for approximately 3 minutes until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the mixture over the crackers.
- Bake for 5 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds until melted. Then pour and spread over the crackers.
- Top the chocolate with the pecans.
- Allow to cool completely (you can put these in the fridge to help speed the process) and then cut/break into pieces.