Friday, December 17, 2010

christmas "crack" candy

The name of these breaks down like this.  Christmas because it can only be made one time a year.  Crack as in made with a cracker but, also crack as in the addictive nature of this candy.  It is that good.  It is that addictive.  There is so much buttery, sweet, chocolaty deliciousness in each piece that it can only be made one time per year.  Bad things would happen to me if I made it more often.  I would become a candy crack fiend.  These are so easy to make.  Honestly there is no reason for you not to make these this holiday season.  Please make them.  Please come to the dark side with me.  I don't want to eat alone.

christmas "crack" candy

40 saltine crackers
1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 11-by-17-inch baking sheet completely with foil, and then line the base of the foil with parchment paper, cut to fit.

Line the bottom of the baking sheet with crackers, covering all parts.

In a medium heavy-duty saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together, and stir it over medium heat until it begins to boil. Once it has begun boiling, let it bubble for three more minutes, stirring it well. It will thicken a bit as it cooks. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla, and then quickly pour it over the crackers. Pour and spread it quickly as it will start to set.
Bake the caramel-covered crackers for 15 minutes, watching carefully as it will bubble and the corners might darken too quickly and/or burn.

Remove from oven and immediately cover with chocolate chips. Let stand five minutes, and then spread them evenly across the caramel. . If you’re using them, decorate with sprinkles.

Cool and then break into pieces.

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