Halloween…the most magical time of the year.
Okay, I know Christmas is usually the most wonderful holiday, but when Target pulls out their Halloween decorations, I feel like a kid in a candy store.
I just adore Halloween! It’s a lot of fun and spooky fun, and did I mention the candy?
I adore sweets. This Halloween Cracker Candy is one of our favorites, but we only make it during Christmas. I’m so pleased I decided to go for the eerie with this one!
The perfect Halloween and fall season delicious treat made with saltine crackers and candy! An easy cracker candy recipe created using chocolate-covered crackers and a saltine toffee base. If you enjoy cracker bars, you’ll enjoy this simple candy recipe!
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WHAT IS HALLOWEEN CRACKER CANDY?
Cracker candy is the perfect sweet treat for any occasion, but I especially enjoy creating it around Halloween because I can use leftover Halloween candy to make this saltine candy crack.
Cracker candy is a very simple candy to create. It’s created with toffee-coated saltine crackers and topped with melted chocolate. If you’ve never made candy before or are afraid to attempt, this is one of the simplest candy recipes you’ll ever try. It also just takes 25 minutes to prepare!
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:
- I nickname this “sugar crack” since I can’t stop eating it once I take a mouthful! This meal comes together quickly and easily, and there is very little cleanup.
- This saltine cracker candy does not require the use of a candy thermometer.
- This recipe is adaptable. You can top this cracker candy with whichever candy you have on hand.
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INGREDIENT YOU’LL NEED:
When preparing cracker candy, you only need four ingredients: butter, brown sugar, saltine crackers, and chocolate morsels. Because micro semisweet chocolate chip morsels melt quickly, I prefer these.
Making toffee is a simple process that requires melting dark brown sugar and butter. I use dark brown sugar since it contains molasses, which imparts a stronger toffee flavor.
There’s no need to add more salt because the crackers are salty enough to balance out the sweetness. Because this is a salty cracker recipe, use salted crackers rather than unsalted crackers. The salt in the butter also helps to balance out the sweetness.
My favorite candies to use are Reese’s Pieces and pumpkin spice morsels, but you can use whichever candy you choose. Leftover Halloween candy can be used to make cracker candy. I’ve used little chocolate bars (Mr. Goodbar, Krackle, and so on), a crushed up Snickers bar, and even M&Ms chocolate, and it was delicious!
Twix chocolate bars and Nestle crunch bars have also been used. Milky Way and Kit Kat chocolate are other excellent choices. The possibilities for confectionery combinations are almost limitless!
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Begin by lining a quarter (9×13) cookie sheet with aluminum foil for this cracker candy recipe. Expert Tip: When baking, the glossy side of the aluminum foil should be facing up to assist retain heat. Lay your favorite brand of saltine crackers side by side on a cookie sheet so that they are touching.
- Make sure the crackers are uniformly spaced and touching on both sides, but not overlapping.
- It’s now time to make the caramel toffee. In a large saucepan, combine the salted butter and brown sugar. Turn the stovetop burner to medium-high.
- When the brown sugar and butter begin to melt, they will begin to bubble. Prepare a spoon because we’re going to begin stirring! The toffee caramel sauce should be kept at a rolling boil until the toffee thickens. Allow the mixture to boil for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking or burning. You want to keep the caramel toffee mixture at a rolling boil so that some of the moisture can evaporate.
- Pour the caramel toffee onto the tray of salted crackers once it has reached the desired consistency.
- Spread the warm caramel toffee as evenly as possible onto the salted crackers with a spatula.
- Now that the caramel toffee is evenly distributed, place the cookie sheet of salted crackers covered with caramel toffee in the preheated oven. The idea here is to allow the mixture to get heated and frothy. This generally takes around 5 minutes, so keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!
- When the caramel toffee is hot and bubbly, remove the cookie sheet from the oven and equally distribute the mini chocolate morsels, Reese’s Pieces, any other candies, and pecans chips. With a spatula, spread them as evenly as possible.
- Return the cookie sheet to the oven for a further 5-7 minutes, or until the chocolate morsels begin to melt. It’s vital to keep in mind that the Reese’s Pieces and any candy you use will not totally melt. That’s fine! Remove the cookie sheet from the oven once the chocolate has begun to melt.
- The cracker candy now needs to cool so that it can harden. Place a potholder or kitchen towel in the refrigerator, followed by the cookie sheet, for about 1-2 hours, to allow the candy crackers to firm.
- When the saltine cracker candy has hardened, it is ready to be broken! Pull the bark from the aluminum foil with your hands and break it up into bits.
- To make gluten-free cracker candy, use a gluten-free saltine cracker, such as Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Table Crackers. If you use vegan butter and vegan chocolate, you can easily make a vegan version of this dish.
- Use these Nestle Pumpkin Spice Toll House Morsels to provide a pumpkin spice flavor. Also delicious are these M&M’s Candy Corn White Chocolate Candies!
- To balance off the sweetness, use a dark chocolate morsel, such as these Nestle Dark Chocolate Morsels. Pretzel sticks can also be used to help mitigate the sweetness.
- To keep the cracker candy from sticking to the aluminum foil, spray it with cooking spray or equally apply butter on it before placing the crackers. Heavy-duty foil works best because it peels away easily. You can alternatively use parchment paper, which eliminates the requirement for greasing.
- When cracking the bark, make sure to pull off any tenacious aluminum foil that may have gotten stuck. It enjoys sticking to the bottom of the caramel and crackers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my cracker candy grainy?
With the texture issue, something is crystallizing the sugar. Try using your ingredients with the more classic method. I just made three trays of these and they turned out grainy and not set-up. I followed the recipe I was using and boiled for 3 minutes at a rolling boil before pouring on crackers and baking.
Why is my brown sugar not melting?
Light brown sugar is about 94 percent sucrose, and therefore has less molasses than dark brown sugar. The more molasses in the sugar, the richer the flavor. Since brown sugar has molasses added back in, it naturally has more moisture in it too, which is key. Sugar has to have more moisture to melt.
Why is my toffee soft?
If your toffee doesn’t have a hard texture (where you can snap it in half) you did not cook it long enough. Again, the 5-minutes is just a guide. Cook it until it is the color of a brown bag.
Why does brown sugar and butter separate?
If the two elements melt unevenly it can result in separation. If the heat is too high, but butter might melt too quickly and can separate from the sugar. Toffee and caramel can also separate if the recipe calls for constant stirring and the candy isn’t stirred often enough
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