Friday, December 6, 2013

Heath Saltine Cracker Toffee Bark

Saltine bark, cracker toffee bark, Christmas Crack; this is a recipe that is known by many names.  The one thing you need to know, however, is that you need this in your life.  This is one of those recipes that surfaces every Christmas season and takes over the web.  Pretty much everywhere you turn or look you see some variation or another of this amazing bark. 
I have been making and enjoying this bark for years now.  And let me say, the name Christmas Crack, as bad as it sounds is perfectly fitting because of just how addicting this stuff is.  If you judge solely by looks or the list of ingredients you really wouldn't be wowed.  But with one, single bite of this stuff you'd definitely be addicted. 

This is the perfect combination of sweet and salty.  Light, crispy, almost flaky caramel that enrobes salty crackers.  A generous dose of chocolate is then added and spread evenly over the caramel.  And that, alone is amazing but I didn't stop there with this particular variation, I then sprinkled some milk chocolate heath bits over the melted chocolate to add another layer of flavor and texture.
This is one of those recipes that's incredible and amazes each and every person that sinks their teeth into it.  Not only does the taste send their taste buds soaring but another thing that intrigues them is one of the ingredients, Saltine Crackers.  Yes, Saltines are the base of this amazingly addictive treat. 
After they get over the initial shock of the main ingredient they then want to know "just how do you make this stuff?".  Well, it's simple, just lay at some crackers, melt some butter and sugar, pour it over the crackers, bake and add chocolate.  Simple, right?  So not only does the taste WOW during this time of year, but the simplicity appeals to so many that want to make a special treat to share with their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.  Make a batch of this and you'll be everyone's favorite person...and make a double or triple batch because this stuff doesn't last long!

Saltine Cracker Toffee Bark
Ingredients:

40 Saltine crackers, approximately 1 sleeve of crackers
1 Cup (2 sticks butter)
1 Cup brown sugar
1 3/4 Cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 Cup heath toffee bits

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Like a rimmed baking sheet with foil.  Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray then lay the crackers in a single layer over the foil.

Place butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.  Once the mixture has reached a boil, reduce to medium and allow to boil for 3 minutes.

Pour over the crackers and spread evenly, being sure each cracker is covered.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for 5-6 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the caramel crackers.  Allow to sit for a few minutes, then evenly spread the chocolate over the caramel crackers.  Sprinkle the toffee bits over the chocolate.  Allow to sit until the chocolate has hardened.  Once the chocolate is hard, break the bark and store in an airtight container.

Recipe source: A Lynsey Original

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