Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Homemade Toffee aka "Christmas Crack"

When my lovely friend Shell made this salty sweet dream for her holiday treat last year, it wasn't pretty.  The large mason jar she gifted my family, went within seconds...and mostly straight to my belly.  Once I had a taste, I couldn't stop.  My stomach hurt, my jaw ached from nonstop chewing and yet I just kept going.  I even found myself sneaking off to different rooms so others wouldn't notice that I had a problem.  It was clear something wasn't right.  Had she drugged me?  No, of course not, but soon this treat carried the name, "Christmas Crack". 

I decided early on that this year, I would be forgoing my usual Peppermint Bark Brownies and turn everyone around me into an addict...homemade toffee was happening, and in a major way.

I talked to Shell to get her input on the recipe, I didn't want to mess up her masterpiece.  I then consulted Pinterest, just to double check I didn't miss anything.  Next, I headed to Costco to get my supplies.  I was going to need butter, brown sugar, saltines and chocolate chips.  Then, it was home and  into the kitchen.

 


For each batch of this delectable dish you need:

  • 1 sleeve of Saltines (or however many fit on your pan)
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Before you get started, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Next, cover your cookie sheets with foil and line up as many Saltines as can fit (usually around a sleeve).


With the Saltines lined and the oven heating up, throw two sticks of butter into a pan and turn it to medium/high heat.  Once the butter starts melting, add 1 cup of brown sugar and stir your heart out.  Turn up the heat and bring the butter/sugar combo to a boil for 3 minutes, don't forget to stir!


Let the caramel bubble it's heart out, take it off the heat and continue to stir until you have this sassy sauce ready to pour on the crackers.


Pour the caramel evenly over the crackers and put in the oven for five minutes (watching for bubbles).
 
 


After five caramel bubbling minutes, take it out and sprinkle two cups of chocolate chips over the top while it is hot, hot, hot.

 

As the chocolate starts to melt, sprrreeeaaaddd it out all over the caramel crackers so it gets nice and even.


Once the chocolate has been spread, place it in the refrigerator to cool.  The amount of time you chill it for is up to you, I usually make it the night before.  While it gets nice and hard, take a moment to prepare your gift presentation....

I had found some cute mini lunch boxes at the Dollar Tree and was very excited to use this as my packaging this year.  I grabbed some red gift tags, wrote what was to be found inside and got ready to give these to my friends and co-workers.




I lined each box with tissue paper, tied on my tag and simply broke off chunks of that cooled toffee and filled each box.  Soon, I had all sorts of little boxes filled with a deadly, highly addictive treat...oh wouldn't everyone be so happy!

With my little gifts ready to go, the only thing left to do was start organizing a CCA support group...Christmas Crack Anonymous, they had no idea what they were in for....

Have you tried this salty sweet treat? Did you make yourself sick too?!


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