This Christmas Crack is the most addicting holiday treat! Buttery saltines are layered with homemade toffee, melted chocolate, and Heath toffee bits. It’s crunchy, salty, sweet, and so good!
This Christmas crack recipe is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, caramel-y, chocolate-y, crunchy amazingness. Everyone loves it, it’s crazy easy to make, and it’s SO ADDICTING.
This Christmas crack is sweet, salty, nutty, chocolate-y, crunchy and so good…and you only need six ingredients to make it!
- Saltine Crackers – the base for the candy. Cuts the sweetness with salty flavor.
- Unsalted Butter and Brown Sugar – boiled together to form a homemade toffee that hardens when cooled to create a crispy texture.
- Dark Chocolate Chips – melted over the caramel for delicious chocolate-y flavor .
- Heath Toffee Bits – adds a nutty flavor and crunchy texture.
- White Chocolate – melted and drizzled over the top of the Christmas crack for a rich flavor and creamy texture.
How to make
This delicious Holiday sweet treat is ready in 15 minutes!
- Place your crackers side by side on a baking sheet lined with greased parchment paper.
- In a large saucepan, mix together butter and brown sugar then bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Pour the butter/sugar mixture over the crackers and bake for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and layer chocolate chips on top. Let that stand for 5 minutes then use a spoon to spread the melted chocolate chips over the crackers.
- Top with toffee and drizzle with white chocolate, then cool in the fridge or freezer.
- Break into pieces then serve and enjoy!
Can you use a different cracker?
Yep! I love the buttery and salty flavor and crispy texture of saltine crackers, but if those aren’t your thing try ritz crackers, club crackers, graham crackers, or even pretzel crisps!
Can you make christmas crack without chocolate?
You can make this recipe without chocolate if preferred. It will still be delicious! But I mean, life is better with chocolate, is it not?!
If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate try replacing it with milk or semi-sweet chocolate. If you’re not a fan of the white chocolate drizzle, try melted peanut butter chips instead.
Why is my christmas crack chewy?
There are a couple of reasons your candy might have come out chewy.
- You didn’t boil the butter/brown sugar long enough. You want to bring the butter/sugar mixture to a boil and let it boil for exactly 3 minutes. That sweet spot results in a crunchier, harder candy when it cools, not soft and chewy.
- You didn’t cool it long enough. Make sure you chill the assembled dessert in the fridge for 1-2 hours or in the freezer for 20-30 minutes so it has time to crisp up. If any of the layers are still warm, the Christmas crack will be soft.
I love this Christmas crack as-is but if you want to switch things up here are some yummy ideas!
- Use a different base. If saltines aren’t your thing, try graham crackers, ritz crackers, or even pretzel crisps.
- Make it minty. Sprinkle on some crushed up peppermint candy for some extra flavor.
- Swap the toppings. Feel free to add or use other toppings. Crushed pecans, peanuts, Oreos, toasted coconut, M&Ms, you name it.
- Use a different drizzle. Swap the white chocolate for melted semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate, or melted peanut butter chips.
How to store
Leftover Christmas crack will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Eat frozen or enjoy chilled in the fridge!
Christmas Crack Recipe
Equipment for this recipe
- 1 sleeve salted saltine crackers about 42 crackers
- 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 (12 oz) package dark chocolate chips
- heath toffee bits
- white chocolate melted
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper with cooking spray.
- Place crackers side by side on lined pan. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar.
- Bring to boil over medium/medium-high heat and boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Pour evenly over crackers.
- Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
- Let stand for 5 minutes, then use the back of a spoon to spread melted chocolate chips evenly over the crackers.
- Top with toffee bits and drizzle with white chocolate.
- Cool completely in fridge (about an hour or two) or in freezer (about 20 minutes), then break into pieces.
- Store in fridge in covered airtight container.
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.
This post was originally published December 5, 2016 and has been updated to provide more detailed content.