Saltine Cracker Candy

Whether you call it Christmas Crack, Saltine Toffee, Toffee Cracker Candy, Crack Candy, or just Saltine Cracker Candy, this easy, snappy dessert is sure to be a hit this holiday season.  
Be sure to check out the how-to VIDEO below! 
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas candy, cracker candy, saltine cracker candy, saltine toffee
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Setting Time 1 hour
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 pieces
Calories 225kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • 1 1/2 sleeves salted saltine crackers about 45 crackers
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (226g)
  • 1 cup brown sugar tightly packed (200g)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips¹ (350g)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or other topping (50g)
  • flaky sea salt for sprinkling optional


  • Preheat your oven to 400F (205C) and line a standard-sized cookie sheet with foil.  Lightly spray with cooking spray or grease lightly with butter.  
  • Layer crackers evenly over the foil (salted side up); it's alright if there are spaces between the crackers and not every edge is completely filled in.
  • Prepare your toffee by combining butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Allow mixture to come to a boil and allow it to boil for three minutes -- do not stir while it boils.
  • Immediately remove from heat and pour over crackers (it's ok if some of them start to float, just try to keep them in an even layer), spread with a heatproof spatula to completely coat crackers.
  • Place in 400F (205C) oven for 5 minutes -- toffee will begin to bubble.
  • ²Remove from oven and evenly sprinkle chocolate chips over toffee.  Return to oven for two minutes, then remove and use a spatula or knife to spread chocolate evenly over crackers.
  • Sprinkle evenly with chopped pecans (or preferred topping -- or no topping!) and a scant amount of flaky sea salt.  
  • Allow to chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until chocolate hardens.  Cut into pieces using a large knife and serve. 



¹I recommend using a quality chocolate chip, Ghirardelli is my preference. I used to use Nestle but they don't seem to melt properly in the oven any longer. 
²Several people have commented that their chocolate chips did not melt or spread properly after going back in the oven. This may be due to the brand of chocolate chip or the chocolate being placed too close to the heating element in the oven. To avoid this, you can instead melt your chocolate chips in the microwave (heat in a microwave-safe bowl for 15 second increments, stirring well in between) and then pour and spread over your candy (no need to return to the oven).

Cleanup Tip!

Did the toffee harden to your saucepan, rendering it virtually impossible to clean?  Fill it about halfway with water and return it to the stovetop.  Bring the water to a boil and the toffee should melt away from the sides -- then just pour everything down the drain (scrape the sides while it's hot, if there's still some toffee stuck) and allow the pot to cool and clean as you would normally.  


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 225kcal