Christmas Crack candy is a holiday tradition in many families. This Christmas Crack recipe is a delicious change up of the traditional saltine recipe. We used pretzels as our base under all that delicious toffee and chocolate.
The result is a heavenly crisp mouthful of chocolate crunchiness that is so addicting it will quickly disappear off your party tray. Yummy, delicious and quite simple to make. This treat deserves a place on the holiday treat menu every year.
Christmas crack is a popular treat to make and share during the holiday season.
Why is it called Christmas Crack?
The origins of This delicious holiday treat are murky. Tom Smith a London confectioner from the 1800s began the tradition of christmas crackers that actually made cracking sounds dues to the ingredients or the packaging.
It’s unclear exactly why this treat is called “Christmas crack” in todays world. But there are a few theories. One possibility is that the name refers to the crackling sound that the sugar mixture makes as it caramelizes in the oven. Another theory is that the treat is so addictive and irresistible that it can “crack” one’s willpower to resist eating it, especially during the holiday season when there are many other sweet treats available.
Whatever. “Christmas crack” is a playful and catchy way to describe a festive and delicious holiday treat. Whatever the origins of the name, Christmas crack has become a popular and beloved holiday treat that is enjoyed by many people around the world.
Christmas crack, also known as saltine cracker toffee or saltine toffee, is a sweet and salty treat that is often served during the holiday season.
Some Great Things About Christmas Crack:
- It’s easy to make: Christmas crack is a simple recipe that requires only a few ingredients and can be made in just a few steps. Kids can help decorate. They love that.
- It’s a delicious sweet and salty treat: The combination of sweet chocolate and salty crackers is a unique and delicious flavor combination that many people enjoy.
- It’s a fun and festive holiday treat: Christmas crack is often associated with the holiday season, and making and eating it can be a fun and festive activity to do with family and friends.
- It’s a great gift: Christmas crack can be made in large batches and packaged in decorative tins or bags, making it a perfect gift for friends, family, or coworkers.
Christmas crack is a tasty and easy-to-make treat that is enjoyed by many people during the holiday season.
Decorating Your Crack:
There are many ways to decorate Christmas crack, depending on your preference and what you have on hand. Here are a few ideas:
- Sprinkle with sea salt: Adding a sprinkle of sea salt to the top of the melted chocolate before it sets can add an extra layer of flavor and texture to the Christmas crack.
- Drizzle with melted chocolate: After the Christmas crack has cooled and the chocolate has hardened, you can drizzle on melted chocolate in different colors over the top for a fancy finish.
- Top with chopped nuts: Chopped nuts, such as almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts, can add a crunchy texture and a bit of flavor to the Christmas crack.
- Add crushed or whole candies like peppermints, cinnamon candies, M&Ms and more!
- Add sprinkles or other decorative toppings: For a festive look, you can add sprinkles or other decorative toppings, such as nonpareils or edible glitter, to the top of the chocolate before it sets.
- Cut into shapes: Using cookie cutters, you can cut the Christmas crack into fun shapes, such as stars or Christmas trees.
There are also many other ways to decorate Christmas crack. Get creative and have fun with it. Just remember for toppings you want to embed or stick into the chocolate add them before the chocolate sets. For surface decorations like additional fancy chocolate colors and lines, wait until the crack is hardened completely.
What is Christmas Crack Made Of?
The traditional Christmas crack recipe, also known as saltine cracker toffee or chocolate crack, is made by layering saltine crackers with toffee, and chocolate.
The crackers are coated in the mixture and baked in the oven until the sugar caramelizes, forming a crunchy and delicious layer. Melted chocolate and decorations are spread on top.
The finished product is then cut into squares or broken into pieces and often served as a holiday treat. Some variations of the recipe also include nuts or other flavorings, such as peppermint or espresso.
Our Christmas Crack Recipe uses pretzel twists for the crunchy layer. We love the extra crunch and salt we get using pretzels. We also did one other thing that made our recipe a step up from some others.
We used a block of melting chocolate specifically created to melt and pour. This is a rich, decadent chocolate that spreads well and creates a nice sheen on the top. We are please with the results.
What Can Replace The Saltines?
What else can you use instead of the original saltines for the crunchy layer in this Christmas Crack Recipe? We used pretzel twists for added texture and crunch. Ritz crackers and Chex mix are also popular choices to replace the saltine layer.
Using pretzels instead of saltine crackers can give the Christmas crack a different flavor and texture, as pretzels have a slightly saltier and more savory taste. Use pretzels, like we did, ritz crackers or make a Christmas Crack Chex mix recipe in place of saltine crackers.
Changing out the cracker layer is a simple way to give this sweet and crunchy holiday treat a twist. Grahams, club crackers and others that you enjoy can also be substituted for the pretzels in this Christmas crack recipe.
The process for making the Christmas crack recipe is the same using all these different crackers:
- Lay the crackers, pretzels or Chex mix in a single layer on a parchment covered baking sheet.
- Cook a mixture of melted butter and brown sugar as directed. This makes the toffee. Pour it over the pretzels or cracker layer.
- Bake the coated pretzels in the oven until the sugar mixture has caramelized.
- Remove from heat and cool until cracker layer is somewhat set. 10 minutes or so.
- Pour on melted chocolate and spread it evenly over crackers. When using chocolate chips it is best to pour them unmelted on the very hot toffee or to separately melt the chips so they easily spread on the slightly set toffeehristmas crack.
- Add decorations to warm chocolate to hold the pieces in place. Allow to cool completely to add more decorative chocolate and other finishing touches that will melt into warm chocolate.
- Then allow the Christmas Crack to cool completely before breaking into pieces.
What About the Chocolate?
Yes you can change up the chocolate layer in several ways.
You can even omit it and just decorate the toffee and leave it at that if you really don’t want any chocolate on yours. The chocolate topping is a optional component of the Christmas crack recipe.
What Types of Chocolate Work Best in This Christmas Crack Recipe?
Any type of chocolate can be used on Christmas crack, as long as it is in a form that can be melted and poured over the top of the cracker mixture. Some options include semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or dark chocolate chips. You could also use chopped chocolate bars or chocolate melts.
We used melting chocolate from the grocery store. Not a fancy brand. We used signature brand melting chocolate. It comes in blocks. There is nothing fancy about it except it is offers a finish that is a step up from your typical baking chips. We love the results. It taste nice and rich and sweet and looks pretty.
To melt the chocolate, you can use a microwave or a double boiler. To melt chocolate in the microwave, place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it in short bursts, stirring well between each burst, until it is fully melted. Alternatively, you can place the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl over a pot of simmering water, stirring constantly until it is melted.
Once the chocolate is melted, simply pour it over the top of the slightly cooled Christmas crack mixture after it emerges from the oven. Smooth the melted chocolate out over the baked toffee layer with a spatula or spoon.
Add decorative touches, such as sprinkles or chopped nuts, before the chocolate sets.
Trouble Shooting Christmas Crack Recipe:
Why is my Christmas Crack Chewy?
The texture of Christmas crack can vary depending on how it is made and how long it is baked. In general, Christmas crack should be chewy, but not too soft or too hard. It should have a bit of give when you bite into it, but it should not be overly sticky or gooey.
If your Christmas crack turns out too soft or sticky, it may be because you overcooked the toffee mixture or didn’t let it cool long enough before breaking it into pieces. If your Christmas crack turns out too hard or brittle, it may be because you undercooked the toffee mixture or baked it for too long.
To achieve the perfect chewy texture for your Christmas crack, be sure to follow the recipe carefully and pay attention to the cooking and cooling times. This will help ensure that you get the best results.
Why is my Christmas crack gritty?
There are a few reasons why your Christmas crack may be gritty.
- One possibility is that the brown sugar in the mixture did not dissolve fully before being baked. This can happen if the sugar is not properly combined with the melted butter before being spread over the crackers, or if the mixture is not heated long enough to allow the sugar to dissolve.
- Another possibility is that the sugar in the mixture has crystallized during the baking process, which can result in a gritty texture.
- To avoid a gritty texture in your Christmas crack, it’s important to make sure that the sugar is fully dissolved in the melted butter before spreading it over the crackers. You can do this by heating the mixture over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved, stirring constantly to help it dissolve more quickly.
- It’s also a good idea to bake the crackers for the full recommended time, as this will allow the sugar to caramelize fully and create a smooth and crunchy texture.
- Finally, be sure to let the Christmas crack cool completely before breaking it into pieces, as this will help to prevent the sugar from crystallizing.
Why is my Christmas Crack Soft?
There are a few reasons why your Christmas crack may be soft.
- One possibility is that the sugar in the mixture did not caramelize properly during baking. This can happen if the crackers are not baked for long enough, or if the oven temperature is too low.
- Another possibility is that the sugar in the mixture has absorbed moisture from the air, which can make the Christmas crack soft and sticky.
- To avoid a soft texture in your Christmas crack, it’s important to make sure that the crackers are baked for the full recommended time and at the correct temperature. This will allow the sugar to caramelize fully and create a crunchy texture.
- You can also try storing the Christmas crack in an airtight container to help prevent it from absorbing moisture from the air.
- Finally, be sure to let the Christmas crack cool completely before breaking it into pieces, as this will help it to set up properly and maintain a crunchy texture.
Why did my Christmas Crack Separate?
To ensure a good bond between the layers you have to control the temperature and set up for each layer. This is not difficult but it does matter to a good finished crack candy that holds up well when handled.
If your Christmas crack has separated, it may be due to one of the following reasons:
- The toffee mixture was not cooked long enough: In order for the toffee to hold together, it needs to be cooked for long enough to caramelize and thicken. If the toffee mixture is not cooked long enough, it may not set properly and may separate when the chocolate is added.
- The toffee mixture was cooked for too long: On the other hand, if the toffee mixture is cooked for too long, it may become too thick and hard, causing it to separate when the chocolate is added.
- The chocolate was not melted properly: If the chocolate is not melted properly, it may not blend smoothly with the toffee mixture and may cause it to separate.
- The toffee mixture was not cooled long enough: It is important to let the toffee mixture cool somewhat before adding the chocolate, as adding the chocolate while the toffee is still hot may cause it to separate.
To prevent your Christmas crack from separating, be sure to follow the recipe carefully and pay attention to the cooking and cooling times. This will help ensure that you get the best results.
How to Store Christmas Crack
Christmas crack can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. It can also be frozen for longer storage.
To freeze Christmas crack, wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container. Be sure to remove as much air as possible from the bag or container to prevent freezer burn. The cracker mixture can be frozen for up to 3 months. When you are ready to serve it, thaw it at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
It is important to note that the chocolate topping may become soft or lose its shine if the Christmas crack is stored in a humid or warm environment. To avoid this, you can omit the chocolate topping and add it just before serving, or store the cracker mixture and the chocolate topping separately and combine them just before serving.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
Best Christmas Crack
Christmas Crack is a very fun holiday candy to make, very popular at parties and it is extremely simple to put together. Follow the basic instructions so you get it right. Then, Decorate your christmas crack however you like. It make a creative, fun holiday treat you can easily tweak and change to suit yourself year after year.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 Cup brown sugar (packed)
- 2 Cups pretzel twists*
- 1 1/2 Cups Melted chocolate**
- Toppings of your choice:
- We chose Christmas sprinkles, sea salt, melting chocolate, peppermint candies, shredded coconut and crushed pretzel pieces.
- Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F.
- Melt butter and sugar in 1 quart saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil and boil constantly for three minutes until it turns thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Cover a baking sheet in parchement paper.
- Place a layer of pretzels on the parchment. Sides touching but no overlapping pretzels.
- Pour toffee mixture over the pretzel twists to make an even layer.
- Bake 5 to 7 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and allow to cool until pretzels are somewhat set. About 5 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate and pour it over the cooled pretzel-toffee layer.
- Decorate the chocolate while warm if pressing hard objects (like candies, shredded coconut or crushed pretzels) into the chocolate. After chocolate is cooled add colored melted chocolate drizzles or other liquid decorations that need to harden and set.
- Cool until hard. Break apart or cut into sections and serve.
- To store: Keep the crack in air tight containers so the candy does not absorb moisture from the air.
*To replace the pretzel layer with other crackers:
- Use 6 cups chex mix.
- You will typically need about 40 saltine crackers or Ritz crackers. This should be enough to cover a large baking sheet in a single layer, with a few crackers left over.
- If you prefer, you can also use other types of crackers, such as graham crackers or animal crackers, in place of saltines or Ritz crackers. Just be sure to adjust the amount of crackers you use based on the size of your baking sheet and the thickness of the crackers. You'll want to use enough crackers to create a single, even layer on the baking sheet.
**For the Chocolate. We used a brick of melting chocolate. It has a richer flavor and better shinier look than chocolate chips or melting chocolate wafers. but chocolate chips, actually any baking chips and melting chocolate wafers will work here.
Amount Per Serving Calories 229Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 24mgSodium 178mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 18gProtein 2g
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