Halloween Crack Recipe: Saltine Toffee with Chocolate
Looking for the perfect holiday (or anytime) treat that’s as delicious as it is simple? Join me and my friend and fellow baker Ian Chin as we whip up this beginner-friendly Saltine Toffee recipe that we’ve fondly dubbed “Halloween Crack.”
Saltine crackers and toffee may not seem like a match made in heaven, but they truly are. Saltine crackers are topped with homemade, brown sugar toffee and chocolate, then sprinkled with your favorite toppings in this simple recipe.
This dessert is easy to make and has the perfect blend of sweet and salty flavors. Even better? It’s totally customizable for any holiday, season or personal preferences!
If saltine toffee doesn’t sound like anything you’ve heard of before, you might know it by its other name: Christmas Crack. It’s made with crackers, it’s got a lovely crackly crunch and it’s downright addicting. But as my friend Ian Chin showed me recently, this dish can go way beyond Christmas!
Ian is an old friend from my Le Cordon Bleu Paris days who lives in Indonesia now. Ian, a Chinese American, also recently opened his own American Chinese restaurant called The Happy Chins. If you’re traveling to Indonesia, definitely check it out! But if not, you can still cook and bake with Ian on Instagram or his YouTube channel.
Ian joined me recently to host a live baking class on Instagram and make saltine toffee for Halloween, aka Halloween Crack! We used his saltine cracker toffee recipe and topped it with candy corn and seasonal (and spooky!) sprinkles.
Ready to make your own saltine toffee candy? This post will guide you step by step through the recipe.
What is Saltine Toffee Made Of?
One of the best things about this saltine toffee recipe is that it doesn’t call for any fancy ingredients. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance you have most (if not all) of the ingredients in your pantry right now.
Here’s what you need:
You’ll need about 2-2.5 sleeves of Saltine crackers. Make sure you’re using the original crackers and not a low-salt variety – it definitely impacts the flavor! If you don’t have Saltines or just don’t like them, you can also use any other plain, salty cracker. Just make sure they’re square or rectangular so they can completely fill the bottom of a baking pan.
Because we’re using salty crackers, it’s important to use unsalted butter. If you can’t find unsalted butter for any reason, you can still make it with salted butter, but it will affect the overall saltiness of the dish.
Brown sugar will work with the butter to make the delicious, slightly crunchy and oh-so-sweet toffee for this Christmas crack recipe. You can use both light or dark brown sugar, whichever you have on hand.
Chocolate is another place where you can use whatever you like best. Semisweet or dark chocolate chips are a good option because this dish is already very sweet. Using a milk chocolate might be a little too sweet.
You can top your saltine toffee with anything your heart desires! When Ian and I made it, we used candy corn and sprinkles for Halloween saltine toffee, but you can top yours with pretzels, butterscotch chips, crushed candy canes, nuts, seeds and even dried fruit.
How to Make Halloween Crack Saltine Toffee
Did I mention this recipe is so easy?! You’ll be invited to all the holiday parties if you bring saltine toffee, and you’ll be able to whip this up in less than 30 minutes.
Step One: Melt the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes.
Step Two: Line a 13×18-inch (or 33x46cm) half-sheet baking pan with parchment paper. Create a layer of saltine crackers on the bottom of the pan, making sure there are no spaces in between them.
Step Three: Pour the butter-sugar mixture on top of the saltines and spread it out so it evenly coats the crackers.
Step Four: Bake the cracker-toffee mixture at 350F (170C) oven for about 5-6 minutes.
Step Five: Immediately after removing the tray from the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the crackers. The chocolate should start to melt a bit. Spread the melted chocolate with the back of a spoon to create a thin layer of chocolate over the crackers.
Step 6: Add your choice of additional toppings and place the tray into a refrigerator or freezer for about 10-20 minutes.
Step 7: Break the toffee into pieces and get ready to devour it! If you manage to leave any leftover, store it in an airtight container.
Saltine Toffee Substitution Ideas
There are so many ways to make this saltine cracker toffee your own! While Ian and I made a Halloween version, I have been busy dreaming up all kinds of other ways to make this delightful treat.
I already told you some people call this dessert Christmas Crack. But you can absolutely lean into the name and make some delicious holiday versions. I can see this topped with crushed candy canes or red and green sprinkles.
Saltine Toffee with Nuts
The sweet-and-salty flavor profile of this treat would pair so well with nuts. Finely chop some cashews, almonds, pistachios, pecans, macadamia nuts or a mixture of all of them and sprinkle on top of the chocolate layer.
White Chocolate Saltine Toffee
This dessert can easily be made with white chocolate instead of regular chocolate. In fact, a white chocolate peppermint variety would be so good!
Saltine Toffee with Pretzels
I love the idea of adding an extra dose of salty goodness to this dessert. Pretzels (either whole or chopped up) and added on top of the chocolate layer would make a delicious, crunchy saltine toffee variation.
How to Store Saltine Toffee
If you look up the best methods for saltine toffee storage, you’ll likely see some recipes telling you to store it in the fridge and some saying not too. As long as your space isn’t too warm, I prefer to store saltine toffee at room temperature. While you can store it in the fridge, it may make the saltines less crunchy over time.
How long does saltine toffee last?
About 20 minutes in my house! But if you’re asking about the shelf life of saltine toffee, then it’s about two weeks – as long as it’s stored in a cool place and an airtight container.
Troubleshooting Common Saltine Toffee Issues
Making toffee with saltine crackers is very easy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t run into some bumps along the way. Here are solutions to a couple of common toffee problems.
Why is my saltine toffee chewy?
If you take that first bite of saltine toffee and it’s chewy, it’s probably because the chocolate hasn’t fully set yet. Put it back in the fridge or freezer for about 15 to firm up a bit more.
Why is my saltine toffee grainy?
If your toffee is feeling grainy, you probably didn’t let all the sugar get melted into the butter. Make sure to mix thoroughly while melting the butter and sugar together and scrape the sides of the saucepan to ensure the sugar is evenly dissolved.
Other Easy Dessert Recipes
Whether you’re getting ready for a holiday party or just want a sweet treat any day of the week, these are a few of my favorite beginner-friendly baked goods:
Halloween Crack: Saltine Toffee Recipe with Chocolate
Saltine Toffee is a simple, delicious treat perfect for the holidays or any time of year. This Halloween Crack recipe makes one 46 x 33 cm (18x13 in) pan.
- 2-2.5 Sleeves Saltine Crackers (NOTE: you can use other neutral-flavored crackers!)
- 1 cup unsalted butter (200g)
- 1 cup Brown Sugar (215g)
- Chocolate Chips
- Candies, Pretzels, Nuts, etc (for topping)
- 13x18 half-sheet baking pan
- In a saucepan on medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes.
- Line a 46 x 33cm (18x13in) half-sheet baking tray with baking paper. Arrange the saltine crackers on the trays so that they are side to side. There should be no spaces in between. Pour the butter-sugar mixture on top of the saltines.
- Bake in a preheated 350F (175C) oven for about 5-6 minutes. When out of the oven, immediately sprinkle on chocolate chips. Use enough to roughly cover the top. The chocolate should melt slightly. Spread the melted chocolate with the back of a spoon.
- While the chocolate is still melty, add toppings of choice.
- Place the tray into the refrigerator/freezer for 10-20 minutes until everything is set.
- Once completely set and cool, break the toffee into pieces and store in an airtight container.