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Easiest Cracker Candy (Saltine Cracker Toffee)

Saltine cracker candy is one of the easiest candies you could ever make! With just 5 ingredients and no candy thermometer required, you can’t go wrong here! This cracker candy is also known as toffee bark, Christmas crack, candy crack, and saltine toffee.

cracker candy stacked on top of each other to form a high pile.

No Bake Cracker Candy

For anyone who wants an easy homemade candy recipe with no candy thermometer required, this is it!

Cracker candy is made with three layers: saltine crackers, toffee and chocolate. It isn’t a hard toffee, it’s more brittle. Together these layers create a delightful candy that’s crunchy, sweet and chocolatey.

saltine toffee cracker candy sliced into square pieces in a single layer.

Cracker Candy Ingredients

This recipe uses only 5 ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Saltine Crackers – I prefer to use salted crackers, but you could also use unsalted. You’ll need 1 package worth, about 40 crackers.
  • Unsalted Butter – This can be chilled or room temperature. Choose a good quality butter as it will make a difference in how the toffee turns out. Margarine will not work as a substitute.
  • Brown Sugar – You’ll need 1 cup of brown sugar to make the toffee with.
  • Vanilla Extract – This recipe uses 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Chocolate Chips – You can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate. You’ll need 12 oz which is about 1 bag of chocolate chips, or 2 cups worth.

Variations

Sprinkle Nuts and Seeds – You can sprinkle your favorite chopped nuts or seeds on top of the melted chocolate for an added crunch.

Sprinkles and Candies – Add M&Ms, sprinkles or crushed candies to the top of the melted chocolate. If you’re making this with kids you could have them pick out their favorites to add on top.

Use Dark or White Chocolate – Instead of using milk chocolate chips, you can substitute for dark or white chocolate chips.

Skip The Chocolate – Some people make cracker candy without chocolate. If you prefer this, just follow the cracker and toffee making steps and then add it to the fridge.

Two pieces of cracker candy. Once showing chocolate side, the other showing the toffee side.

What Does Cracker Candy Taste Like?

This candy tastes sweet and salty, chocolatey and crunchy. It’s a delightful mix of three layers: the crunchy cracker base, toffee center and chocolatey top.

The top of the candy will be a layer of chocolate (this can be dark chocolate or milk chocolate) and the bottom will be a golden toffee color with the saltines poking through.

a stack of four pieces of cracker candy

How To Make Saltine Cracker Candy

This cracker candy is really easy to make. Here’s an overview with full detailed steps in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Crackers – First lay aluminum foil in a baking sheet and spray the top of it with non-stick cooking spray. Next add a single layer of saltine crackers to the baking sheet. You want them to cover the entire surface, so feel free to bread crackers in half to help them fit.
  2. Toffee – In a small pot heat the butter until fully melted. Add in the brown sugar and bring it to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes while toffee bubbles, stirring occassionally. Use a timer for this step. Once it stops, immediately pour toffee overtop of the crackers and bake for 7 minutes at 350°F.
  3. Chocolate – Remove the crackers from the oven and let sit 1-2 minutes, then sprinkle the chocolate chips over top. Add the baking sheet back to the oven for 30-60 seconds (no need for oven to still be on). Remove and spread the melted chocolate chips over the entire surface covering all the cracker edges.
  4. Chill – Let the baking sheet cool completely. Once it’s cool to the touch, add it to the fridge for 3-4 hours. Remove and break into pieces or slice into squares. Serve and enjoy!

Does Cracker Candy Need To Be Refrigerated?

No. You can store it in an airtight container on the counter for up to one week. However, the chocolate tends to melt as you hold it. For this reason, I prefer to store it in the fridge. Cracker candy can be stored in the fridge for up to one 1 week.

I added my cracker candy to the freezer and it was totally fine once thawed. However, I’ve read that some people end up with mushy crackers when they freeze them. For that reason, I would do a smaller batch test before adding it all to the freezer to make sure it works for you.

Why Is My Cracker Candy Chewy?

There are two main things that can result in a chewy cracker candy. Both come from the toffee making process:

  • Use good quality butter. This can make a big difference in the toffee texture.
  • Boil the butter and brown sugar for three minutes. This is how the correct toffee texture is made. If you don’t allow it to bubble and cook for long enough, it can result in a chewy texture.
saltine toffee candy stacked on a marble counter.

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Cracker Candy

Saltine cracker candy is one of the easiest candies you could ever make! With just 5 ingredients and no candy thermometer required.
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Servings: 30 servings
Calories: 127kcal

Ingredients

  • 40 saltine crackers - 1 package
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz chocolate chips - 1 package (2 cups)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil making sure it also covers the sides. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray (I used avocado oil spray).
    baking sheet lined with aluminum. Avocado oil spray beside baking sheet.
  • Add the saltine crackers in a single layer to the baking sheet. Break in half if needed so that crackers fill the whole space.
    saltine crackers in a single layer inside baking sheet.
  • Melt the butter in a small pot over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
    white pot with wood handle with melted butter inside
  • Add the brown sugar and stir in. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the sugar doesn't burn. Set a timer for this step.
    white pot with melted butter and brown sugar dropped in
  • The caramel sauce will be bubbly and thick with all the sugar dissolved.
    Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
    melted caramel sauce in white pot with small spatula
  • Use a large spatula to pour the caramel overtop of the crackers. Spread it as evenly over each on as you can.
    caramel sauce poured overtop of saltine crackers in baking sheet with grey spatula beside it
  • Bake for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 1-2 minutes.
    baked saltine crackers with caramel sauce in baking sheet
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the baking sheet. Place in the oven for 30-60 seconds. No need for oven to be on, it will still be warm enough to melt the chocolate.
    chocolate chips sprinkled overtop of caramel saltine crackers in baking sheet
  • Remove from oven and use spatula to spread the chocolate over the entire baking sheet, covering all the cracker edges.
    Let cool 20 minutes then place the baking sheet in the fridge. Let chill for 3-4 hours.
    melted chocolate inside baking sheet with grey spatula
  • Once chilled, use a knife to slice into squares or break into pieces. Serve and enjoy!
    hardened saltine cracker canty cut into squares with knife beside

Recipe Notes:

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container on the counter or fridge for up to 1 week.
Freezer: I stored mine in the freezer and it defrosted just fine. However, I’ve read that some people have the cracker base go mushy after freezing. So you might want to test a small batch first to see if it freezes ok for you.
Nutrition
Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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