Christmas Crack Recipe

What’s not to love about this easy Christmas Crack recipe? It’s salty, sweet, crunchy, and filled with chocolate and caramel. Sometimes called saltine cracker toffee – it’s highly addictive!

This irresistible sweet and salty candy recipe is a great filler for holiday cookie plates, along with Marble Bark, Turtles Candy, and Gingerbread Cookies!

Christmas Crack Recipe close up picture

Saltine Cracker Toffee

Today I’m sharing this delicious Christmas crack recipe. If you’ve never tried it before, it’s a homemade toffee made with saltine crackers, caramel sauce, and chocolate.

This candy recipe is deliciously crunchy and impossible to resist (just like our Classic Toffee recipe and Pretzel Toffee recipe).

The saltiness of the saltine crackers balances out the sweetness perfectly, and the combination salty, sweet & crunchy makes it the perfect homemade candy recipe.

We love to make it and break it up in pieces to add to some of our cookie plates. 😉

Christmas Crack Candy in baking sheet

4 ingredients and a pan!

This saltine cracker toffee is super easy to make, and you don’t need any fancy equipment or ingredients.

PREP THE PAN. First, we get started by lining a jelly roll pan (10×15 inches) with aluminum foil and giving it a light spray with non-stick cooking spray. This is super important, otherwise, the toffee will stick to the foil. Then arrange the saltine crackers to cover the pan in 1 layer.

CARAMEL SAUCE. Put 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of packed brown sugar into a medium saucepan. Melt it together, then boil for 3 minutes while stirring.

Note: Since we’re not making homemade caramels – you don’t need to worry about what temperature it reaches, just make sure it’s boiling for 3 minutes and that you continuously stir it to prevent burning.

POUR & BAKE. Pour the bubbly mixture over top of the crackers, and spread it over so that they’re all covered. Be careful here, because the mixture is very hot. Pop the tray in the oven, and bake for 5 minutes at 400F. This is where it gets that perfect “crack” and deliciously crunchy texture.

CHOCOLATE. Once it’s done baking, let it cool for about 5 minutes. Then melted chocolate gets spread over top.


I like to decorate my Christmas crack with holiday sprinkles. Chopped nuts, holiday M&Ms, Heath toffee bits or a drizzle of white chocolate works perfectly too.

Saltine Cracker Toffee stacked

How to store christmas crack + Gifting

It also makes a great homemade gift too – you can wrap it in holiday cellophane bags or tins, and everyone will be excited to receive a batch. Gift it to friends, family or neighbors – or make a big batch for yourself!

You can easily make it in advance and have it on hand for cookie plates or neighbor gifts because it will last stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days, or in the fridge for 10 days!

But trust us – it most likely won’t last that long. 😉

Saltine Toffee on white plate

This Christmas crack is so delicious, and the perfect easy homemade toffee recipe.

For more easy homemade candy recipes, try:

Christmas Crack Candy Recipe

Christmas Crack - or saltine cracker toffee - is a delicious homemade candy with crackers, caramel & chocolate
4.89 from 54 votes
Christmas crack - also known as saltine cracker toffee - is a delicious homemade candy that's impossible to resist. Made with saltine crackers, caramel sauce & chocolate. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 40 pieces
Calories 113 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 sleeve saltine cracker about 35-40 crackers
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 400F degrees.
  • Line a 10x15 inch pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.
  • Place the saltine crackers on the cookie sheet to cover the entire pan in 1 layer of crackers. 
  • Melt together the butter and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Once the butter is melted, bring to a boil for 3 minutes while stirring constantly.
  • Carefully pour the mixture over the crackers. Spread it overtop so that all of the crackers are covered.
  • Bake in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chocolate to a medium heatproof bowl. Microwave on medium power for 1-minute bursts, stirring between each. When the chocolate is almost melted, stir until smooth. 
  • Spoon the chocolate over the crackers, and spread it smooth to completely cover the pan. Decorate with sprinkles. 
  • Let the toffee harden until the chocolate is set. Either at room temperature or in the fridge.
  • Once completely hardened, remove from the pan peel the aluminum foil off. Break/"crack" it into pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the fridge for 10 days. 


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My name's Fiona and I love to bake and blog. I share homemade, from scratch, classic recipes for desserts & sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    thank you for sharing this recipe, great reminder of something I haven’t had in years and certainly never with sprinkles so love that new twist, at least for me

  2. LOVE this recipe! we do 2 cups butter and brown sugar.

    Because the crackers are slightly cupped, salt side up is better for us. Less floatage movement and less seepage under the cracker

    And we don’t pre-melt the chocolate:
    Right after removing from the oven, Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Adjust the crackers if they’ve moved and overlapped in the oven. Let chocolate soften 1 to 2 minutes and spread evenly. But here’s the risk; Spread as soon as it softens and before it begins to cool. If the chocolate cools and cannot be spread, the batch is ruined. The chocolate will not remelt and be spreadable.

    If adding pecans, add to top while chocolate is still warm. Gently press the pecans into the chocolate so they won’t easily fall off when eaten.

  3. 5 stars
    The perfect give away gift! It makes plenty for family and friends. Its taste so good with the combination Of all the flavors!

  4. 5 stars
    I am so excited to find this recipe because a neighbor gave me this for Christmas last year and I never got the recipe! Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made THis REcipe about a dozen times and it turns out perfect every time! A tried and true family favorite in our house!

  6. 5 stars
    I Make this EVERY YEAR! And every year its a hit. Its easy to make, delicious, and festive. Thanks for the amazing recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    The brown sugar & butter, melted with on the saltines, is the greatest thing ever, especially when you add chocolate. These really are so addicting!

  8. to save time, when your tray comes out of oven scatter chocolate chips on top right away. Let sit for 3 or 4 minutes then spread with rubber spatula. No need to melt chocolate this way. After spreading chocolate, sprinkle crushed roasted almonds. I call mine Almond Butter Crunch.

  9. I have made this twice and both times it tasted like old oil. First time I used spray oil and today I just used unsalted butter. Any guess as to what I’m doing wrong.

  10. 1 star
    Readers. You need to compare other real candy makers recipe to this one. I tried making this recipe 2 times. Both times it was a fail. The boiling of the sugar is key and your recipe says 5 minutes cook time. The toffee part never thickened up. I followed the instructions. So I did it again and cooked 7 minutes. Again the toffee part was better but still not thick enough. It was better but still not good enough. I’m very disappointed. It was a waste of a lot of ingredients. I do love your tortilla recipe though. Good luck y’all.

  11. Followed the recipe and it came out perfect! I saw some comments about the chocolate chips not melting, I melted mine first in a small fondue pot and then poured them over the top – super easy. This is definitely a family favorite, thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Had to tell you I’m making it again – the third time this weekend-absolutely addictive! My son requested it for a get together with his high school friends, it was gone in no time – this is a keeper!