This looks so yummy! Plus its easy enough that my kiddos can help!
looks amazing! pinning!
This is making my mouth water! This would be a great neighbor gift for Christmas.
love love love the stuff! pinned!
Yummy… YUMMY! I am pinning :)
How fun and easy! Will be trying. Thanks for sharing!
I hope you enjoy it, it is so yummy and addicting!! :)
I’ve tried the regular kind (ummm toffee crack, not crack crack). But never Christmas kind. Will have to try this asap. Pinning!
I love this, totally pinning to do this later. Thanks.
Hope you like this toffee as much as my family does! Thanks for stopping by Sandra!
Can’t wait to make Christmas crack, we had some last night at a friends house and instead of M&Ms they use chopped up peanuts it was so so good and a very addictive!
Yum! Peanuts would be delicious too! Christmas crack toffee really is so addictive! :)
I only know it’s christmas when I go to the chocolate store and smell the toffee/caramel…Yes! The is the season! I can smell it now!
Yummy! I love the smells of christmas baking! :)
:/ I can’t find Saltines here in Ireland!!! :( What is a girl to do????????
Hmmm…you could try using graham crackers, club crackers, or any kind of plain cracker! Hope that helps! :)
I’m going to try it with a graham wafer bottom. Do you have those in Ireland?
Do you try to break it into the squares keeping the crackers intact or do you just go to town breaking it? And I know this is specific, but do you lay the crackers salt side down or up? I would think down might be good so you get more of that salty taste? :) Sounds yummy!!
I try to break it into the squares and it usually breaks pretty easy! I’ve only done them salt side up…but you should give it a try doing salt side down! That would be yummy to have more of a salty taste!
This recipe doesn’t work for me. The toffee spreads to thin after baking and then choc chips melt INTO the toffee and are not spreadable… Any suggestions?
You might not have pushed your saltines close enough together, maybe try putting them closer. And try letting it cook a minute before you add the chocolate chips! Hope that helps!
Thank you. I think they were too spread out. I ended up cooking the choc chips for a minute and the. They spread a little better. The end result was not perfect but definitely still delicious! Luckily that was my practice batch and now with a little more confidence I am making them again time for thanksgiving. I am putting m&m’s and pretzels bits on the top :)
I tried this last weekend…I let it cool for hours and I basically made caramel. Toffee is supposed to be hard, right? Did I over boil? Under boil? It was good but oh so messy!
Hmmm…it is supposed to be harder! I would try baking it a little longer and then refrigerating it longer! I hope that helps! :)
Oh, I had this problem too! It still tastes good, but the toffee didn’t harden. I worried I’d underboiled it (I actually burned the first batch by overboiling it!). Thanks for clearing that up! I’ll have to bake it an extra minute next time!
Mine seemed really runny too. I’m waiting on mine right now, it’s in the fridge! And my chocolate was mixing into the toffee as well! I’m beginning to wonder if it’s gonna sticki to the foil?!:/
This stuff is amazing with pecans on top! I make it every year!
Yum, sounds delicious Alexis! I love Christmas crack toffee!
Can you give the measurement/eqivelent for two sticks of butter…..as we don’t have ‘sticks’
Two sticks would be one cup of butter. Hope that helps.
This looks delicious and festive, but respectfully , why even make fun relating it to an illegal and dangerous substance?
Hi Ele! It is quite delicious. Not sure who was the first to call it that but it’s always stuck. I think it is more named that because when you pick it up you crack it into pieces. Enjoy!
Does this freeze well?
I’ve never tried freezing it, but I would probably recommend eating it within a few days!
Mine didn’t turn out very well, the toffee was so soft I had trouble breaking it and most of the m&m’s fell off/broke off.
I’m sorry you had trouble with it Shirley. I would try cooking the toffee mixture a little longer and putting them m&ms on sooner so they have time for the chocolate to melt on them. It may be different depending on the altitude! Hope it works better next time!
mmmmmm!!! looks delish!!
Cleaning, relaxing and baking! Yum Thanks for sharing!
Where did you get the cute containers for the Christmas crack? They are adorable!
I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but I think Michael’s has them too!
This is delicious! Thank you so much for the quick and amazing holiday recipe. I brought it into work today for treat day and it has been very successful.
I’m so glad it turned out for you Danielle! It is such a yummy treat! :)
Love, love, love the toffee bars (crack) lol but mine didn’t break so evenly and although they taste great they don’t look great? Any hints on how to get them to break better and more even? Should I use a knife? Should I not overlap crackers? THanks for sharing this great recipe!
Hmmm…I usually will run a knife over it and then break it with my hands. I don’t overlap them, so you could try that to see if it looks better! Hope that helps!! :)
I tried this today and it is definitely crack! The only thing I couldn’t get was how to harden the chocolate. Even after it being in the fridge for 1 hour, the chocolate melts instantly when I touch it so it’s all over our fingers. Any tips on how to harden the chocolate properly or what I’m doing wrong? Thanks for the recipe!
Weird, that has never happened to me before! Hmm..I used Nestle chocolate chips, maybe try using a different kind of chocolate!
Where did you did those cute little containers that you packaged them in?
Hobby Lobby! Michael’s has them too I think!
i used all the small broken chocolate & toffee crumbs from the first batch to put on the top of the next batch. very yummy !!!!!!!
What a great idea Anne, that sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing! :)
very good only problem i can`t seem to make it fast enough
This is on of my favorite Christmas treats! I could eat a whole batch, just myself!
Dorothy made me a batch of this last Christmas, and I have been dreaming about it all year!!!! I might just have to make a batch of my own this year. And with M&Ms to boot! Brilliant :)
YUM!! Never made this before and can’t wait to try! :D
The first time I made it, I think I didn’t boil it long enough. The recipe I used said the toffee should start to pull away from the pan when it’s ready. It didn’t the first time and that batch never got hard enough. The bottom was messy. The next batch (thank goodness for the practice batches) was perfect and it did start to pull away on the sides. Mine didn’t look as pretty. I used club crackers because I heard they tasted better.
I’m glad it worked for you the second time! It is always a little hard to know when the toffee is ready in the pan. It definitely takes a little practice to get it perfect!
I made these tonight for a cookie exchange and they’re delicious. I forgot the M&M’s but they weren’t missed. Once the chocolate was hard I flipped them over on to a cutting board and was able to cut them into equal portions using the cracker as a guide. I can’t wait to share them with my friends at our Christmas party tomorrow. P.S. I followed the directions to a T (minus the M&M’S) and they turned out perfectly.
Revision……. My first batch I let cool in the refrigerator just until the chocolate set. I don’t know if it was the time I let it set but it was very easy to cut into equal portions. The second batch I made and went to bed while they cooled. In the morning I tried to cut them like the other batch and they were so hard they shattered and broke into very uneven pieces. I’m not sure if it’s because they set over night or maybe the toffee was coked a little longer than the original batch. They’re still delicious no matter the shape. However, next time to appease my OCD I will cut them the same night :)
Thanks for your comment Sindi! I’m glad that your first batch cut into equal portions…I am a little OCD about that too! ;)
My daughter makes this recipe all the time. It is the best. I decided to give it a go this year and it turned out great. Only problem is that it DOSENT last long enough for gift giving. It barely makes it to day two. My family LOVES it way to much. LOL. Me thinks me will be making a few mor batches before Christmas for gift giving. Hands off family!
I’m kinda glad to see that I wasn’t the only one with the issue of the toffee not hardening…are we supposed to let the toffee come to a rolling boil and then start stirring constantly for 3 min? Or is it just a matter of cooking it once it’s poured over the crackers?
Yes, let it come to a rolling boil and stir constantly for 3 minutes! :)
The recipe says 50 crackers, my pan holds 25 so do you add a double layer in the pan?
I need an answer for this too!!
You could try using 2 pans or a bigger pan, I don’t like to do a double layer because they don’t come out as pretty! Hope they turn out yummy! :)
Hi, just wondering, could I line the pan with parchment paper rather then foil or does that not work? Also, just wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!! Thanks for the great recipes to.
Yes, parchment paper would work! :)
I made this yesterday and it was a HIT!! Handing some out to friends and neighbors! Thanks for the recipe, Jamielyn!
Jamielyn….You evil, evil woman….I am trying to loose tonnage…your orgasmic recipes are not helping……keep up the good work!
I can’t help it!! Glad you are enjoying the recipes. :)
Exactly how much butter is two sticks?
I seriously laughed out loud (and showed my husband) when I saw that you also call this recipe “Christmas Crack.” I’ve been making this toffee recipe for many years now, and not long after the first time I made it I labeled it the very same thing, Christmas Crack! Because once you have had one piece, you are immediately hooked! It is amazing and I make it every year. Thanks for sharing!
Hahaha! This recipe is so addicting, I’m glad I’m not the only one that calls it Christmas Crack! Thanks for leaving a comment!
Mine turned out delicious. But, it’s chewy rather than hard like toffee? Is it because I used dark brown sugar?
It may have been the dark brown sugar! I’m glad you liked it! :)
Everything looks great! Can’t wait to try them all out!!! !
I really want to try the Crack and other recipes
LOVE THESE!!! Thanks so very much for sharing! I’ll be certain to try out several if not all of these great recipes! Merry Christmas!!!
Salted or Un-Salted Butter? Or, does it matter. Making this tonight :)
Do you think these would stay fresh for at least a week? I need to mail them. Thanks!
Definitely! These should be good for about two weeks!
Can you substitute the saltine cracker with graham cracker? Have you tried that and would it change the taste to much? TIA
I won’t have as much of the salty/sweet combo going on with it, but I bet it would be delicious!
Looks easy and delicious
Making Christmas Crack this weekend. Question: is putting in the freezer the only option? Could you refrigerate, but for longer??? Thanks!
Yes, the fridge should work!
Haha…good one! Store for up to two weeks! That I would like to see. We can’t even get it to last two days.
Do you use dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips?
We used semi-sweet :)
Could you use peppermint pieces on top as well? I think that would look just as festive! :)
That would be delicious!
Can’t wait to try this!
These are amazing!!!! Instead of candy or nuts I use mini marshmallows on top. I also use a pizza wheel to cut them, so much easier than a knife!!!!
Are the crackers salted or unsalted?
Made this today and I LOVE IT!!!! Do I need to refrigerate it? Is it okay in a tin on the counter?
I’m so glad you tried it and love it! It is one of my absolute favorite holiday treats. Yes, you can definitely leave it in a tin on the counter. :)
I have made these before and one thing I did was crisp up the saltines in the oven first . It helps to hold up the toffee.
Can’t wait to try some of the recipes
I made a second batch and sprinkled coconut over the toffee. Mixture before putting it in the oven. Then I put 1 1/2 cups of butterscotch chips on top along with about 3/4 cup f chocolate chips. Gives a marble look. Instead of peanuts, I used chopped pecans.
Have you tried using gluten free crackers? If so what kind?
Hi Gina! This is Laura, the Community Manager – I eat gluten-free and I’ve found some “Glutino Table Crackers Gluten Free — 7 oztable crackers” that are a good substitute for Saltines. They don’t have as much salt on them, but you could sprinkle some between the toffee and chocolate layers to mimic the salty/sweet combo more.
I am from Australia and have never seen this recipe before so I tried it today. I made a mistake over lapping the crackers and didn’t work quick enough when applying the toffee BUT I covered it in a load of chocolate and it looks great. Waiting by the fridge to try it. Thank you for this easy quick receive
I make this but I put toffee pieces on top. They are scrumptious!!!
i will certainly be trying this. It sounds wonderful. My Mom & I used to make all kinds of Christmas candy & confections. I miss her & all of our good times together.
I have made this for years, only I use white sugar instead of the brown sugar and it is always wonderful, so either will work. I did laugh at the line “will stay fresh for 1-2 weeks”. hahahaha – it doesn’t last more than one or two DAYS at my house!
Great ! Now I have something new to try. Thank you for sharing.
What’s the best way to store it, refrigerator or is it ok left out in a container or ziplock?
Left out should be ok!
Silly question but, salted or unsalted butter? I can never remember for this recipe.
Either will work!
I’ve made this using waffle pretzels. Yummy
Hi Jamielyn…quick question. Should the caramel firm up completely like a brittle or will it still be soft? I refrigerated/froze mine and while it tastes AMAZING, I wasn’t sure if the toffee layer should be firm or pliable. Thanks so much for the recipe and taking the time to respond!
It should be firm, but not hurt your teeth firm. :)
Made Christmas crack & used m&m on top. Place in freezer for 30 minutes & the m&m lost their gloss. How do I keep that from happening?
I’m not sure – I haven’t had that happen before. I would think either the m&ms were a bit old (it’s so hard to find the “best by” dates on those packages!) or your freezer temperature is off (but if you aren’t having any issues with ice or frozen foods, then I wouldn’t think it’s that).
I have just tried this…….I’m in Australia, so for those of you playing at home….I used Saladas as the biscuit.
I think I was transported to some sort of other dimension with the taste!!!! These won’t last 3 minutes!!!
I told my husband we can’t keep them in the house, because I’ll eat them all….trouble is, if I give them to someone, I may slap them and snatch them back (kidding of course)….but seriously, I may snatch them back!!!!
Can’t wait to try this recipe! Did you try it with white chocolate chips yet? I can’t eat chocolate, so usually I swap out regular chocolate for white chocolate when making recipes. Wonder if I will need to melt the white chocolate a little to spread it…thanks for sharing!
That would be delicious! I think you could follow the instructions just substituting white chocolate chips. :)
Thanks so much for this. I have been stressing over what to bring to meeting and now I have one. I guess that you can tell that I don’t do much baking.
What size is a Large jelly roll pan?
Mine is 10.5 x 17.5 inches :)
Could gluten free crackers, vegan butter, and coconut palm sugar be substituted?
Hi! I’m Laura, the Community Manager, and my family and I have a lot of food allergies – so I can definitely say YES! to the gluten-free crackers (I added a sprinkle more of salt when I made it) and YES! to the coconut palm sugar.
As for the vegan butter – that I don’t know. Fake butters have water and oil, and don’t function like butter when cooked. I think coconut oil would be a better substitute but even that might not work out properly. I cannot think of any substitute that I can definitely say “try this instead of the butter and it will work.”
Can you make these with a buttery cracker like Ritz?
Yes, that would be delicious!
Awesome Recipe. I topped one batch with crushed Starlight mints (green & white spearmint candies); deLISH!!! It was fun and festive with the green & white color contrast to the chocolate which also added a bright fresh punch to a sweet, rich treat.
“Stays fresh 1-2 weeks”… As if it actually goes uneaten that long! Lol!
This is yummy ! Should you keep it in the refrigerator after it is made? Will not serve until next week Thanks. Kathie
I probably would! Then take it out the day before. :)
hi! would you say that this makes roughly 50 pieces per batch? making for a cookie exchange and just want to make sure i have enough!
It depends on what size you break them into – I think you could make 50 work!
I am currently making these and my toffee did not harden! Did I do something wrong? I have flipped the pan and peeled off the foil and threw it back in the freezer with hopes that this will help! Also the toffee seems to be a bit salty. Did you use unsalted butter?
The toffee shouldn’t be too hard – it is breakable but when you bit into it, it’s more soft than you’d think.
Regarding the saltiness, some butters have more salt than others, so I’d try unsalted. :)
I made these today, they were so good! My only question is for some reason the m and m’s faded a lot in color, so they look like Easter colors! Any idea what I did wrong?
I’ve heard from a few people that the m&ms are fading in the freezer, and I’m really not certain why. :(
I thought it might have to do with the age of the m&ms (it’s difficult to find their “best by date” on the packaging), but I’m not really certain. Did you cover it in the freezer then bring it to room temperature still covered? If so, maybe the condensation of coming to room temp did it?
Ok these don’t need to stay fresh 1-2 weeks because they don’t last that long! The only thing I did differently was to put the pan back into the oven after pouring the choc chips – this helped them melt more quickly and made spreading a breeze (I turned the oven off – be careful not to overheat or the choc will seize). About 45 secs was perfect. I topped mine with pecans as I didn’t want to add more chocolate – YUM!
As for the m&m’s loosing their sheen – I don’t know the science behind it, but the extreme and quick temp change (going from hot/warm to FREEZER) and for too long will cause them to become dull. So my suggestion would be to leave the toffee with the m&m’s at room temp for a few minutes and then use the fridge. If you use the freezer ( need quick turn-around time), be careful not to leave them too long (recipe says 30 mins, try not to exceed that) and the m&m’s *should* keep thier gloss.
Thanks for the tip!
THIS IS THE BEST STUFF EVER!!! I made a batch the other night for a church Christmas party and today I’m on batch #4 for friends and neighbors.
I tastes wonderful, but I must be doing something wrong… I can’t get my toffee to harden. Any tips?
Yay, so glad you like it! The toffee shouldn’t be super-hard, it should be soft to the tooth.
Are the chocolate chips sweetened or unsweet?
We used semi-sweet chocolate chips. You could also use milk chocolate chips. I would not recommend unsweet chocolate for this recipe.
OH! MY! GOODNESS! My friend brought this to a Christmas party and I could not keep myself from eating an embarrassing amount haha so much that she made me my own little tin of it for Christmas, loved it even more than the first time around so naturally I had to take to Pinteret to find out how to make it! THANK YOU! I had a friend pop in when I was melting my butter/sugar on med.low. so I am not sure how long it had been going for and I didn’t stir it at all…oops but dumped and spread just fine, didn’t have chocolate chips but did have left over almond bark so I did a half chocolate have white almond bark, its 1) beautiful and 2) amazingly delicious and if hasn’t even cooled yet haha thanks again!
Great recipe. This stuff is awesome. I’ve made a few minor changes, however:
1) Used graham crackers instead of saltines; they make the finished product crunchy instead of chewy.
2) Used mini baking M&Ms for the topping.
3) Added slivered almonds with the M&Ms
4) Added Reese’s Pieces or peanut butter chips to the toppings.
A pan won’t fit in my side by side freezer. Can I put in the fridge?
Made this tonight, the toffee isn’t hardened yet, don’t know if I boiled it long enough. It tastes pretty good already, have it hardening in the fridge as I type this.
The toffee won’t get too hard, it’s soft to the tooth. :)
I made this for my entire side of the family while in VA as their gift from us. All of the batches worked like perfection. Then I came home to GA and started making the batches for my hubsters side of the family and for some reason the first batch I made turned out all sorts of crazy. The toffee came out of the oven grainy and pulled away from the cracker when I tried to spread the chocolate. I made my second batch and, shockingly, it was absolute perfection. The only difference between batch 1 and batch 2, batch 1 was made with store brand butter and batch 2 with Land O’ Lakes. Never again will I laugh at my mom when she tells me all butters aren’t created equal. Lol.
Thanks for the wonderful recipe. After my mom trying for almost 3 weeks to get me to change my mind on making this our gift, because “it just sounds gross Rebecca”, my entire family has been converted. ;)
I am so glad everyone loved it!
(And weird on the butter, I wonder if the house brand had an additive in it?!)
This is in the freezer cooling right now. I can’t wait to taste it and share with my family. Thank you so much for sharing!
We have always made ours with Graham Crackers, saltines seem like they wouldn’t do it justice, but maybe I need to try it first. I do like the idea of Ritz oh sooooo good!
What kind of chocolate chips do you use? Semi sweet or milk chocolate?
I used semi sweet, but you can use whatever you like!
Has anyone ever tried to freeze the Christmas crack?
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Happy Friday!! Who is excited for the weekend? Me, me me! My husband has Saturday AND Sunday off this week so I’m hoping to squeeze in a date night. ;) You know what else I’ll be doing… making more Christmas crack. You are going to want to put this recipe on your MUST MAKE list this year because it is seriously amazing. It takes SWEET and SALTY to a whole new level. The best part? One of my favorite Christmas desserts and it only takes about 15 minutes to make!
This recipe should be familiar to you. I’m sure many of you that have awesome grandma’s have tried this recipe before. ;) I shared my grandma’s saltine cracker toffee over the summer and this is just a glorified version. In my opinion everything tastes better with chocolate and the M&M’s make it so festive. You could also top your Christmas crack with crushed saltines, sea salt, toasted coconut, slivered almonds, pecans or heath bits.
Would be perfect to add to your holiday plates with your favorite Christmas cookies. Chocolate saltine toffee AKA Christmas Crack on iheartnaptime.com ... Seriously addicting and super easy to make!
50 saltine crackers (approx.)
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, cubed
1 cup soft light brown sugar, packed
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 to 1 cup M&M's, chopped nuts or sliced almonds
Pre-heat oven to 325°F.
Line a large jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray and then line the pan with saltine crackers.
Place the butter and sugar in a medium sized pot over low medium-low heat. Stir until the butter is melted. Once the butter has melted, bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes. Stir constantly.
Once it's nice and bubbly, remove pan from heat and pour evenly over saltine crackers. Spread mixture with a knife... however it doesn't have to be perfect. Try to move fast during this part so the toffee doesn't harden.
Place pan in the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes. The mixture will spread evenly over the crackers as it bakes.
Remove pan from oven and then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the toffee while it's still hot. Let the chocolate chips melt for a few minutes and then spread all over the toffee with a spatula. Sprinkle M&M's (or nuts) on top and then place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Once chocolate has hardened break pieces off the foil and in an container. It will stay fresh for 1 - 2 weeks.
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Put some in a jar and pass out to your neighbors and friends. I even have a free printable for you.
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