Saltine toffee (aka Christmas Crack) is the ultimate easy candy recipe.

Very little prep, a few simple steps, and ready in no time at all (with no thermometer needed), this is going to be your new holiday favorite and a go-to every time you need to bring a treat!

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Why We Love This Recipe

  • This saltine toffee is both quick and easy to make and it’s crazy good!
  • It just needs a few ingredients, most of which you probably have.
  • Unlike most candy recipes, this is easy to make with no thermometer needed.
  • Can be made ahead of time and frozen.
  • It’s not fragile so it’s a great gift idea and holds up well in the mail.

ingredients to make Saltine Toffee

Ingredients in Saltine Toffee

Saltines: We love the flaky texture saltines add to this toffee plus they have a bit of a salty sweetness we can’t get enough of. Make sure you get salted top saltines!

Butter: Use real salted butter in this recipe for the best flavor.

Brown Sugar: Light or dark can be used in this recipe.

Chocolate: Chocolate chips spread on top to make the topping. Be sure to buy only a good national brand of chocolate chips. I have found some store brands or bargain brands do not melt properly.

Optional Toppings

Any of the following make great toppings sprinkled over the melted chocolate.

  • Kosher salt
  • Sprinkles or jimmies
  • Chopped nuts or pecans
  • Christmas candies, M&M minis, toffee bits

process of adding ingredients together to make Saltine Toffee

How to Make Saltine Toffee

This saltine toffee recipe could not be easier!

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil (or parchment paper) and place saltines in a single layer.
  2. Bring brown sugar and butter to a boil in a saucepan (per the recipe below). Once it begins bubbling, let it boil without stirring for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour the brown sugar mixture over the crackers and place the pan in the oven. Bake 4 minutes or until bubbly.
  4. Cool for a minute or so and add chocolate chips on top. Spread over the toffee and sprinkle with toppings if desired.
  5. Cool completely.

Saltine Toffee on a baking sheet cut into pieces

Variations for this Christmas Crack Recipe

  • Use Ritz Crackers, club crackers, or even make a graham cracker toffee.
  • Swap the semi-sweet chocolate chips for dark chocolate.
  • Saltine cracker toffee is great with all kinds of toppings, get creative!


Once cooled, break or cut the toffee into bite-sized pieces.

Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Saltine toffee can be frozen up to 3 months (and doesn’t need to be thawed before serving).

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Saltine Toffee

Saltine toffee is a decadent toffee treat topped with chocolate and nuts or a sprinkle of salt.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 servings


  • 48 saltine crackers
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Line large pan with foil (11"x17").
  • Combine butter and brown sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Once the mixture comes to a rolling boil, let it boil for 3 minutes without stirring.
  • While the mixture is coming to a boil, place crackers in a single layer on the foil.
  • Very carefully pour the toffee mixture over the crackers.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake 4-5 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly. Turn the oven off.
  • Remove from the oven and rest 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and let sit 4-5 minutes or until chocolate is soft. Spread chocolate evenly.
  • Sprinkle the top with salt, crushed pecans, almonds or sprinkles.
  • Cool at room temperature 25 minutes. Refrigerate or freeze to cool completely. Break or cut into pieces.



Be sure to allow the mixture to come to a full rolling boil before you start the timer.
The candy mixture will be extremely hot, be cautious with pouring.
If you only have unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to the toffee before pouring over the crackers.
Light or dark brown sugar work in this recipe.
Be sure to buy only a good national brand of chocolate chips. I have found some store brands or bargain brands do not melt properly.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Saltine Toffee can be frozen for up to 3 months. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 215 | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 244IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. I never leave comments on recipes / blogs, but I just had to say THANK YOU!! This was a childhood favorite that my aunt made at the holidays and for special occasions. I’ve never seen it outside of my family, so I honestly thought it didn’t exist outside of my family (although I have searched high and low to try to find a recipe for it). I’m so happy to have found this recipe!!5 stars

  2. Thanks for posting this easy and yummy recipe. A new go to recipe for sure. I had some Ghirardelli’s semisweet baking bars which I used instead of chips. Delish!5 stars