Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack)

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Chocolate Saltine Toffee – The perfect addition to your Christmas baking.   Saltine cracker toffee  is ready quickly, is easy to make and everyone loves it!

There are a few things that I look forward to every year during the holidays, and anything with toffee always catches my attention. These Chocolate Toffee Bars are a definite favorite. But there is just something about toffee belongs during the holiday season.

Chocolate peanut butter balls are one of my all time favorite treats, but this saltine toffee is down right addicting.  Which is why it is also known as Christmas crack.

saltine toffee stacked on a white plate


In my family this has always been called Saltine Toffee, but it goes by lots of different names. Some people call it Christmas Crack because it is so darn addicting. I recently heard it called Pine Bark as well. It really doesn’t matter what you call it, you are going to be making batch after batch of this.

What Do You Need For Christmas Crack

  • Saltine Crackers
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkles or other toppings

This is one of those recipes that is so easy to make, you can really have it done in about 20 minutes and then you just have to wait for the chocolate to set. Plus there are lost of different variations you can make instead of Saltine Crackers.

saltine toffee ingredients

Can I Use Other Crackers

Yes, absolutely! Pretty much any cracker works. I even have a recipe for Graham Cracker Toffee already on the blog.

  • Pretzels
  • Graham Crackers
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Matzo Crackers (perfect for Passover treat)
  • How To Make Saltine Toffee
chocolate saltine toffee on a plate

How To Make Saltine Toffee

  1. Start by lining a 11×17 baking sheet with foil. This really just helps with cleanup and getting the toffee out of the pan easily.
  2. Arrange 1 sleeve of saltine crackers in a single layer in the oven.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat mix together the brown sugar and butter until it starts to boil, stirring frequently. Boil the mixture for 3 minutes, not stirring at all.
  4. Pour the mixture over the crackers, and quickly spread so it covers all the crackers.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 7 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the toffee. Put it back in the oven (have the oven turned off) for 5 minutes to melt the chocolate.
  7. Remove from the oven and use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate evenly over the toffee.
  8. Immediately spread with any toppings or decorations you are going to use. Let the chocolate completely harden before slicing.
christmas crack on a plate


This toffee lasts for about 2 weeks in an air tight container at room temperature. And it is great to freeze and make ahead as well.

Topping Ideas

There are lots of things you can sprinkle over saltine toffee to make it festive and delicious. I like to use sprinkles for Christmas, but you can use anything you like!

  • Chopped Pecans
  • M&M’s
  • Sprinkles
  • Toffee Bits
saltine toffee close up on a white plate

More Christmas Desserts To Try

I used this Sheet Pan to make the toffee in. And this Wilton spatula is perfect for spreading chocolate.

cropped in close up of christmas crack
4.42 from 58 votes

Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack)

By Erin
Chocolate Saltine Toffee – The perfect addition to your Christmas baking.   Saltine cracker toffee  is ready quickly, is easy to make and everyone loves it!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 36


  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 12 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles, M&M’s, Toffee Bits, Chopped Nuts


  • Line an 11×17 baking sheet with the saltine crackers. Place in a single layer. Set aside
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together brown sugar and butter. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil for 3 minutes, not stirring.
  • Pour mixture over the crackers. Quickly spread, so it covers all of the crackers.
    pouring sugar mixture over saltine crackers
  • Place in the oven and bake for 7 minutes.
  • Remove and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over toffee. Place back in the oven (oven heat turned off), for 5 minutes.
    chocolate chips on saltine toffee
  • Remove from oven. Using an off set spatula spread the melted chocolate evenly over the toffee. Sprinkle immediately with sprinkles or M&M's.
    spreading melted chocolate over saltine toffee
  • Let harden completely before slicing.
  • Store in an air tight container.



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Serving: 1g | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 44mg | Sugar: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36
Calories: 78
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  1. 5 stars
    I always use Graham crackers to make this and after when the chips are all melted and spread out I freeze for Awhile..