Published on February 3rd, 2016 | by Kristen Swain0
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
But you can see, they get melty quickly.
Use a spatula to spread the chocolate out, to cover all the toffee and crackers.
You can decorate as you like. My minion#2 helped me, we used Valentine’s M&M’s and pink and white sprinkles.
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.
Remove from freezer and break into chunks, or cut into squares.
Serves??? one person??? just me??? maybe 10-15 people. maybe.