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Christmas Crack

This must-make holiday Christmas Crack sweet treat can be made in just 15 minutes! It’s a tasty combination of sweet and salty plus caramel and chocolate that’s topped with red and green candy-coated chocolate M & Ms for a festive touch.

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Using just 5 ingredients, this Christmas Crack recipe is a crowd-pleaser among adults as well as kids. It’s ridiculously simple to make, too! With a crust made from saltine crackers that have been covered in a homemade caramel mixture to the melted chocolate layer garnished with M & Ms, this mouth-watering candy is a holiday favorite that’s perfect for parties as well as gifts for your friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

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What is Christmas Crack?

Whether you call it candy or dessert, this delectable treat is a salty and sweet recipe that starts with a layer of crackers such as saltines, Ritz crackers, or graham crackers that are topped with a caramel sauce. A layer of chocolate comes next, is melted by a session in the oven, and is followed by toppings such as M & M’s or sprinkles. Once cooled, “crack” the dessert by hand-breaking it into pieces or cutting it into squares with a knife. It’s a tasty and addicting candy dessert!

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Why should I make Christmas Crack?

  • It’s super fast and easy – it takes just 15 minutes to make. Even the kids can help!
  • It has an excellent reputation as a crowd-pleaser.
  • It’s highly adaptable. Change it up with different chocolates and toppings.
  • It makes a great holiday food gift.
  • It’s both salty and sweet.
  • It’s festive!

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What ingredients do I need to make Christmas Crack?

40 Saltine Crackers

1 cup Salted Butter

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 cup red and green M&Ms, roughly chopped

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How do I make and assemble Christmas Crack?

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Line a baking sheet with saltine crackers in a single layer.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat the butter and brown sugar on medium heat until bubbly. Let simmer
    3-4 minutes.
  5. Pour the brown sugar mixture over top of the saltine crackers, as evenly as you can.
  6. Place the pan into the oven and heat for 5-6 minutes, until bubbling.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Give the chocolate
    a minute or so to get melted.
  8. Use a spatula to spread the chocolate around to cover the top of the crackers.
  9. Sprinkle the chopped M&Ms evenly over top.
  10. Place the pan into the freezer for 30 minutes.
  11. Enjoy, or store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

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What other options are there for toppings?

Almost anything that’s salty and/or sweet can be used as a topping. Here are some ideas:

  • Festive sprinkles
  • Sea Salt
  • Toffee bits
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Chopped or broken pretzels
  • Chopped Reese’s cups
  • Toasted coconut
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds)

For the chocolate layer, you can also swap the chocolate chips for white chocolate chips or do both and swirl them together.

How do I store Christmas Crack candy?

Store the candy in an airtight container by separating each layer with parchment paper. It will last 1-2 weeks in a refrigerated airtight container.

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When you’re looking for a quick and easy Christmas treat, you can’t go wrong with this Christmas Crack candy recipe. The crunchy crackers become the perfect vehicle for the toffee-like caramel sauce, making this a sweet and salty flavor explosion. Add melted chocolate and candy garnishes on top of that and you’re headed into the swoon-worthy territory.

If you’ve never made Christmas Crack before, give it a try! You’ll definitely be hooked on this holiday sweet treat once you’ve experienced it for yourself!

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Yield: Serves 20-25

Christmas Crack

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This must-make holiday Christmas Crack sweet treat can be made in just 15 minutes! It’s a tasty combination of sweet and salty plus caramel and chocolate that’s topped with red and green candy-coated chocolate M & Ms for a festive touch. Only 5 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 40 Saltine Crackers
  • 1 cup Salted Butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup red and green M&Ms, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Line a baking sheet with saltine crackers in a single layer.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat the butter and brown sugar on medium heat until bubbly. Let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Pour the brown sugar mixture over top of the saltine crackers, as evenly as you can.
  6. Place the pan into the oven and heat for 5-6 minutes, until bubbling.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Give the chocolate a minute or so to get melted.
  8. Use a spatula to spread the chocolate around to cover the top of the crackers.
  9. Sprinkle the chopped M&Ms evenly over top.
  10. Place the pan into the freezer for 30 minutes.

Notes

Enjoy, or store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 230Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 22mgSodium 117mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 21gProtein 2g

Christmas Crack

This must-make holiday Christmas Crack sweet treat can be made in just 15 minutes! It’s a tasty combination of sweet and salty plus caramel and chocolate that’s topped with red and green candy-coated chocolate M & Ms for a festive touch. via @Mooreorlesscook

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