Crack Candy Delight




  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (dark, milk, or semi-sweet, as per your preference)
  • M&M’s, for topping (optional)
  • White almond bark, for drizzling (optional)


  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange a single layer of saltine crackers on it, making sure to cover the entire surface.
  2. Make the Caramel Sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the brown sugar. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens and becomes a caramel consistency. Be careful not to burn it. This usually takes about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Pour Over Crackers: Pour the caramel sauce over the saltine crackers, spreading it evenly with a spatula to coat all the crackers.
  4. Bake in the Oven: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven for about 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on it to ensure it doesn’t burn. The caramel will bubble and spread over the crackers as it bakes.
  5. Add Chocolate Chips: After removing the baking sheet from the oven, immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the hot caramel-covered crackers. Let them sit for a minute or two to melt from the residual heat.
  6. Spread the Chocolate: Once the chocolate chips have softened, use a spatula to spread them evenly over the caramel layer, creating a smooth chocolate coating.
  7. Optional Toppings: If desired, sprinkle M&M’s over the melted chocolate for a burst of color and added crunch. You can also drizzle melted white almond bark for a decorative touch.
  8. Chill and Set: Transfer the baking sheet to the refrigerator and let the candy cool until the chocolate hardens, usually for about 1-2 hours, or until it’s completely set.
  9. Break Into Pieces: Once the candy has hardened, remove it from the refrigerator and break it into irregular pieces.
  10. Serve and Enjoy: Arrange the pieces on a serving plate and enjoy your irresistible Crack Candy Delight!

This delightful treat is perfect for parties, holidays, or any occasion where you want to impress with a sweet, crunchy, and chocolaty snack. Enjoy!

Q1: Can I use other types of crackers for this recipe? A1: While saltine crackers are commonly used, you can experiment with other plain crackers like soda crackers or buttery crackers. However, keep in mind that the texture and taste may vary slightly based on the crackers you choose.

Q2: How should I store leftover Crack Candy Delight? A2: Store the leftover candy in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. If you need to store it for a longer period, refrigerate it for up to two weeks, or freeze it for up to three months. Be sure to layer the pieces with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Q3: Can I use different types of chocolate for the topping? A3: Yes, you can use different types of chocolate such as dark, milk, or white chocolate based on your preference. You can even create a marbled effect by using a combination of chocolates.

Q4: Can I add nuts to this recipe? A4: Absolutely! Chopped nuts like pecans, almonds, or walnuts can be sprinkled over the melted chocolate layer for added crunch and flavor.

Q5: Can I make this recipe ahead of time for a party? A5: Yes, you can make Crack Candy Delight a day or two in advance. Store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. It’s a great make-ahead treat for parties and gatherings.

Q6: Can I use margarine instead of butter? A6: While it’s possible to use margarine, it’s recommended to use butter for the best flavor. Real butter contributes to the rich taste of the caramel sauce.

Q7: How long does it take for the chocolate to harden after spreading it over the caramel layer? A7: The chocolate will start to harden relatively quickly, especially if the caramel layer and the crackers are still warm. It usually takes about 1-2 hours in the refrigerator for the chocolate to completely set and harden.

Q8: Can I make this recipe without using the oven? A8: While the oven is used to melt the caramel and slightly bake the crackers, you could try melting the caramel on the stovetop and then pouring it over the crackers. However, baking the candy in the oven helps the caramel to spread more evenly over the crackers.

Enjoy making and indulging in your Crack Candy Delight! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

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