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Cracker Candy

May 9, 2011
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by thenestinggame

Keyword being CRACK.

Sidebar: There was some show I saw recently where someone compared something to crack and the other person is like, “Have you ever done crack? Can you really say that <blank> is as ADDICTIVE AS CRACK?” Anyone else see this? Am I going to be totally embarrassed when someone reveals that it was on Celebrity Apprentice?

Anyhoosit, we got all this new fancy schmancy bakeware for our wedding and we were going to a party this weekend where we had to bring a dish. So, I thought I would bake something. But instead I made this. Which, technically does involve a cookie sheet and an oven (for five minutes), so maybe that counts? Cracker Candy is not gourmet anything. But it is delicious.

My college friend Abigail used to make Cracker Candy when we lived together. It tastes like a Kit Kat made sweet sweet love to a Skor bar. I rediscovered the recipe when I received a wedding gift from Abigail purchased from her sister Amy Fay’s biz. Initially Amy Fay offers great gifts, including engraved acrylic serving pieces (two of which I got and love!).

INGREDIENTS:

Saltine Crackers (I needed a sleeve and a 1/4 for my fancy pants pan)

1 cup light brown sugar

2 sticks of salted butter (only the real stuff will do)

1 bag milk chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil. (Try to use 1-2 big sheets. Don’t patchwork it.)  Spread the crackers out evenly with sides touching to fill the pan.

Put the butter and the sugar in a sauce pan and melt them together, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes. The caramel will thicken and pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and quickly add the vanilla. Give it another whisk and pour the caramel mixture as evenly as possible over the crackers. You can spread it with an icing or rubber spatula. Then pop it in the oven for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, pull out the pan and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the tops of the crackers and bubbly caramel. Amy Fay has a great tip to leave the oven door open slightly so that the heat melts the chocolate a little quicker. Give it a minute, then use your spatula to spread the chocolate evenly over the whole batch.

I did not do this, but a friend of mine suggested sprinkling sea salt on the top of the chocolate. I think this sounds like an excellent idea.

Pop the whole pan in the fridge and let it harden for a couple hours. When it’s done, peel the foil off. Big sheets peel off better and won’t leave you with foil shards on the bottom of the candy. Then, break up the pieces like brittle. Make sure to try a piece or two or seven to see if it’s good enough to serve to your company.

Serve it on paper plates left over from last week’s baby shower.

So stinkin’ good.

Original recipe found here.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine permalink
    May 9, 2011 11:37 am

    Between you and Taylor delicious goodies are always being prepared in your home!
    Loved the picture of the ribs and corn that he grilled on the green egg.

    • May 9, 2011 11:54 am

      The ribs were delicious! Wish you could have joined us!

  2. Julianna permalink
    May 9, 2011 11:50 am

    These were delish!

    And if was The Office (Pam made the crack comment ;)

    • May 9, 2011 11:53 am

      Thank you! So glad to know that it was a show of respectable humor. :)

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