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Published on February 3rd, 2016 | by Kristen Swain

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Valentine’s Cracker Toffee

I am not that much of a candy maker. To be honest, the thought of all that boiling lava hot sugar scares me a bunch.

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It reminds me of a time when I was just living away from home and had been making chocolate treats. I was alone in the house, and was using a double boiler. The water ran out of the bottom pot and I wasn’t aware of it. Very quickly it got hot and dangerous! I noticed that the water was gone, and moved the pan to the sink to add more water, and saw that the pot had actually melted!!!!

There were a couple holes in the floor from drops of the pan burning through, and I was in bare feet, I am so lucky that I didn’t drop bits of molten metal on my feet and injure myself. I honestly think it was a faulty stove, and a crappy cheap pan that melted on me. Lesson learned. Which is why almost always I now melt chocolate in the microwave!!

Hence… my fear of molten liquids. aka candy making.

However, I am weak and when it comes to anything toffee, I will absolutely cave. Nice to know if you ever need to blackmail me…..

Valentine’s Day is quickly coming up and I thought, this Valentine’s Cracker Toffee would be a great treat, maybe to take to share with friends, family or coworkers. Or just to eat in the closet at 3 am.

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I love how easy it is to make, and you don’t have to worry about complicated candy thermometers or getting to a soft ball stage. The pre-made crackers form a crust that gets en-robed ( candy talk for covered) in the toffee, and doesn’t taste a THING like cracker at the end of the recipe. Then you add a quick top layer using chocolate chips that melt easily on the hot toffee. Add some holiday sprinkles and  you could make this for every holiday of the year. Honestly, I wouldn’t complain about ever getting this toffee. EVER!

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So get yourself a nice big pan. And cover that baby with foil. Not only does the foil make for easy clean up – just pull off the pan and wahla!  but it also makes the toffee come off super easy since thetoffee is  all rich and buttery.

I used about 1 1/2 packages of butter crackers. You can use any kind you like. I think these are club crackers. reduced fat too.. hahahahahaahaha…..

You need however many that it takes to fill your sheet pan up, single layer.

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In a large pot ( I like to have lots of room for boiling bubbles) I’d say mine is a 4 quart pot.

Add 2 sticks ( 1 cup butter)

1 cup light brown sugar.

Allow the sugar and butter to melt and blend a bit on medium  heat, stir well and often.  Allow the mixture to come to a boil, at that time, time 3 minutes of allowing this mixture to boil. Stir constantly.

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Once your three minutes is up, drizzle the sugar mixture over the crackers. Use a spatula to try to move the mixture around to cover every bit of the crackers.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Place the sheet pan in the oven for 6 minutes.

This is what your pan will look like after 6 minutes.

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Within 1 minute, sprinkle the chocolate chips all over the toffee. You can put the pan back in the oven for a minute if you want this process to go faster.

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But you can see, they get melty quickly.

Use a spatula to spread the chocolate out, to cover all the toffee and crackers.

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You can decorate as you like. My minion#2 helped me, we used Valentine’s M&M’s and pink and white sprinkles.

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Allow to cool, it might take an hour on your counter. Or be impatient like me, and throw them in the freezer so you can eat them in 10 minutes.

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Remove from freezer and break into chunks, or cut into squares.

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Eat.

Serves??? one person??? just me??? maybe 10-15 people. maybe.

enjoy!

kris

 

 



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