Christmas Cracker Candy

Ingredients for 45 pieces

  • 28 to 35 saltine crackers (about one sleeve, enough to line your tray)
  • 1 cup (220 g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (225 g or 2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (10 to 12 ounces) chopped good-quality semi-sweet chocolate

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Line a 10×15-inch jelly roll pan with nonstick aluminum foil (preferred) or regular heavy duty foil, making sure that the foil completely covers the bottom and sides of the pan. If using regular foil, spray lightly with baking spray. Line the saltine crackers in a single layer on the bottom.
  3. Make the caramel sauce:Place the brown sugar, butter and salt in a medium sized saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until the butter melts. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 3 to 5 minutes, just until the mixture comes to a boil and starts to darken. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the hot brown sugar mixture over the saltine crackers: Spread to evenly coat the crackers.
  5. Move the pan to the oven and bake for 5 minutes: The caramel will be hot and bubbly.
  6. Melt the chocolate: Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook it in the microwave in 30-second intervals at full power, stirring between each cook time, until the chocolate has melted.
  7. Pour the chocolate over the baked crackers: Once the crackers are done baking, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 minute exactly, until the caramel is no longer bubbling. Then pour the melted chocolate over the crackers. Use a spatula to spread the chocolate evenly over the top.
  8. Chill the crackers overnight: Let the crackers cool to room temperature then move to the refrigerator and cool overnight.
  9. Crack the crackers: The crackers will form a single sheet once cool. Remove from pan and gently peel the foil away, being careful not to tear the foil. (If any bits of foil tear and get stuck in the caramel, break those bits away and discard.) Cut the candy into snack-sized pieces using a chef’s knife (you can use your hands, too, but I find it easier with a knife). Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week.