Christmas Crunch (Toffee-Chocolate Bark)
We made 26 batches of this stuff last year as Christmas gifts. Word spreads each year about how yummy this stuff is so everyone will it expect it annually from you! Be warned!
Don't let the idea of the saltines disturb you. When someone
handed me my first bag of this stuff 4 years ago and said there were
saltines in it, my eyebrow raised up skeptically. But then I tried it.
Oh...my...GOSH!!! ;-) The stuff is awesome. You break it apart so it
winds up looking like that chocolate 'bark' stuff afterward.
Preheat oven to 400. Take a cookie sheet that has a little lip
to it (so stuff doesn't run off the side) and line it with one big
piece of aluminum foil. I leave the edges up straight so it helps catch
anything that may want to run over side. Next, lay the saltines flat on
the foil. You will use nearly the whole sleeve and will, depending on
cookie sheet, possibly need to trim the last ones down to fit. Next,
stirring CONSTANTLY, over medium-low (NOT medium) heat, bring butter
and sugar to bubbling. It will take some time to come to this point.
Just be patient and keep stirring. It takes 10-15 mintues I think? I
can't remember. Anyway, once it starts bubbling, time it for 3 more
minutes exactly. Then, immediately pour the mixture over the saltines.
Tilt the saltine tray around to evenly coat. Pop it in the oven for
exactly 6 minutes (no more!) While it is baking, have the chocolate
chip bag open and ready to pour. As soon as you take the tray out of
the oven, pour the chips over the top. After a couple of minutes the
chips will have started to melt and will be ready for you to spread
evenly over. I use a rubber spatula to do that. Then refrigerate
overnight or at least like 5 or 6 hours. Break it into pieces. David
and I eat the little shards (we call it shrapnel (sp?)) that result
from breaking the pieces apart. I have had dozens of people ask for
this recipe. You won't regret trying it. You may regret passing it out
to too many people though, because you don't want to be like me, having
to make 26 batches of the stuff! I even have to buy a new Pampered Chef
saucepan because you can see all the nonstick coating is gone where I
was stirring over and over! lol