Homemade Cracker Candy


Homemade Cracker Candy

Homemade Cracker Candy
10 Min

What is cracker candy? It's a simple homemade candy that uses crackers as a base. In our recipe for Homemade Cracker Candy we start with buttery crackers, which add a little bit of saltiness to our sweet confection. Then, we top those with a layer of caramel and a layer of chocolate before finishing off our candy with some chopped pecans. The results are so good, we're sure that once you give this cracker candy a try you'll be making it over and over again.  

What You'll Need

  • 24 round buttery crackers
  • 3/4 cup butter (1-1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9- x 13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil; lightly coat foil with cooking spray. Arrange crackers in a single layer in pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over crackers.
  3. Bake 5 minutes; turn off oven. Sprinkle crackers with chocolate chips and let stand in oven 3 minutes, or until chocolate is melted. Spread  chocolate evenly over crackers. Sprinkle pecans over chocolate.
  4. Refrigerate until firm, then cut with a sharp knife into pieces. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.


Looking for another recipe for cracker candy? Check out our recipes for Brickle Crunch (saltine cracker candy) and Break up Brittle (graham cracker candy)! Plus, don't forget to download our FREE eCookbook, Homemade Candy Recipes: 20 Old-Fashioned Recipes for Chocolate Candy, Fudge, & More

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This is similar almost the exact same recipe I use when I make Passover candy (Jewish Holiday Passover) I use a jelly roll cookie sheet and I line it with tin foil and then with parchment paper that . I put the large unsalted Matzoh on the parchment paper. Make the butter and brown sugar mixture. Put in oven and take out as your directions. Spread the chips, choc, or butterscotch spread with a knife after about 5 mins. sprinkle on any type of nuts, I take a sifter and sprinkle on powdered sugar. Refrigerate. When cool break it up.

I made this but used unsalted saltines. Delicious!

I made this again for Christmas, but I used Club crackers, they fit in the pan easier and give it a buttery taste. I send it to friends and family and everyone loves it. It is very addictive. The salty and sweet together. Oh its so good!!

Really good but very sweet. Also extremely easy to make. Seems like I had it made in less than 5 minutes. It was a hit with the students where I teach. Think I am going to make for Christmas.

I made these last year for family gatherings at Christmas and New Years. These are very popular. People can't get enough of the sweet, salty, and buttery flavors, so I will be making these again. I'll make a batch for work for Halloween, and plan on making more for the winter holidays.

Been making this for years but always used saltine crackers before.. later I used the unsalted crackers and now I tried the round buttery crackers they are all very good and they all work well

can you freeze homemade cracker candy

Hi there! Yes, you can freeze this recipe for Homemade Cracker Candy, but please be aware that the color may change due to freezing. Enjoy!

This is so rich and satisfying! The butter crackers taste like a flaky pie crust! I prefer Club butter crackers to Ritz for this recipe. They're more delicate. I love the pecans, but you could use walnuts instead, and black walnuts if you love that earthy flavor. Black walnuts are more expensive and harder to find, but that's what makes that special nutty fudge taste so unique when you find it-black walnuts! I gew up with a stand of black walnut trees in a field next to my house. We used to pick them off the ground-the large round green spheres that would stain your hands black if you didn't wear gloves peeling off the thick, tough outer layers.

I have been wanting to try these forever. My slow cooker especially is very lonely, sitting atop of my fridge, collecting dust Waiting for one of the slow cook, cook books. I would love to give these recipes a try . Best of luck everyone. Merry Christmas.

I have made this before but without the pecans. I think they would be a great addition.

This is a simple recipe and I like all the ingredients. I would like to try them soon.

These were easy to make and ohh so delicious.

I made these last Christmas, I followed the recipe and they were fantastic. Everyone I gave them to loved them. Going to make again this year.

The chips actually don't look like they've melted until you spread them with a spatula. As you spread them, they melt into a nice gooey topping. These are delicious )

I made this last Christmas and followed the exact recipe and it is fantastic. All my family and friends loved it. I can't imagine it with saltines, the round buttery crackers give it that salty taste with all the sweet. Yum!!

I would personally make with saltines well because that's the way I saw it made on her show .. I also love sweet and salty mm yummy 3 hehehe Lol

I always use saltines... delicious!

I must tell the truth I saw Trisha Yearwood make these and never thought much about them until I found sugar free chocolate chips and a sugar free sub. to make the toffee part. So Thanks For The Recipe...

I must be gluten free and dairy free. Used GF crackers, Earth Balance 1/2 tsp. vanilla to mask the taste of Earth Balance. Turned out okay...sure miss the taste of butter( The "toffee" was runny/liguidy and not like the video. What can I do to thicken the "toffee"? Thank you for the wonderful recipes!

This was so delicious. And I can't believe how easy it was to make. Where was this recipe all of my life!

The chips did not melt. Got raves and requests for this recipe.

my chocolate chips didn't melt. I did use milk chocolate chips. Is that why

This is always a hit for every party, I make it with saltines! The sweet and salty is great!

My DH said this sounded good. Maybe I won't have to eat 95% of it myself.

can you use Hershey bars with almonds?

Hello! Unfortunately, you cannot use Hershey bars instead of the chocolate chips. The candy bar is milk chocolate and the chocolate chips are semi-sweet, which means they will harden better when melted.

I made this at fishing resort - I used Ritz crackers and cashews - a 1 gallon bag did not make it past the first bonfire - everyone there copied the recipe and my copy got "lost" I had to come back to Mr. Food for another copy - I am going to make it for a bake sale.

Made this years ago but forgot proportions. Quick, easy and good

This recipe was making the rounds under the name Christmas Crack because it's so addictive. I like a salty and sweet combo, so I skip the nuts and sprinkle seasonally colored M&M candies and broken up thin pretzel sticks on top, pressing lightly into the chocolate so they'll stay put.

boil the brown sugar & butter 1 minute for some reason this website deletes my entire posting oifItry to correct a word

I use saltine cracker and break pieces to fit any gaps 1 cup brown sugar & 1 cup butter m together 1 minute pour over crackers bake in oven a few minutes till good & bubbly pour a package of chocolate chips over pop back in oven a minute then spread with knife I also sprinkle with chopped walnuts while still warm

I found the "original" on a blog: it called for matzo and sprinkled sea salt onto chocolate layer, no nuts. I made this with saltines (and high quality chocolate) for my brother's Xmas present and he loved when he got an especially salty bite. So, for his BDay, I will sprinkle sea salt onto the warm chocolate. Have seen versions with other than nut garnish: additional crackers (crumbled), crushed peppermint hard candy, dried fruit. Whatever you want to use or add, I VERY STRONGLY RECOMMEND USING THE BEST CHOCOLATE you can afford AND letting the toffee cool a few minutes before adding the chocolate. So disappointing to wait for the candy to cool, only to find the chocolate is scorched and grainy, or has an off flavor.

I have made this recipe using graham crackers and mini choc chips, they melt quickly. Tastes like old fashioned butter crunch candy.

I have made this for years, it is a great way to use up stale crackers, as well as being delicious......

I use milk chocolate chips and melt them in the microwave(15 seconds, stir, repeat until smooth) then spread on crackers. easier than trying to spread chips.

this candy is fantastic and Oh! Soooo! easy.

Fantastic! Soooo easy to make.

When making this recipe I double it, using one with the saltines, the other with the buttery cracker, both are equally addictive. I also use the Hershey bar, easier to melt. For the topping I use both the toffee and pecans. I guess what ever trips your trigger. I got the calling for some chocolate so I guess I better start baking some CRACK. ''OOH ITS SO GOOD''

When I make this recipe, I make one with saltine, the other one with the buttery flavored cracker, both are equally addictive. I also use the Hershey bar, easier to melt. The topping I use both the toffee and pecans mixed. I got the calling for some chocolate, so I better start baking the CRACK. '' OOH ITS SO GOOD ''

Instead of the chocolate chips try Hershey Chocolate Bars. They melt quickly and are easier to smooth out.

Use Hershey Candy bars in place of the chips--they melt easier and are smoother when smoothed out.

I lowered the oven temp to 325 and cooked for 15 minutes turning the cookie sheet once during baking. These are a simple tasty candies that can be made in minutes!

I tried this twice and the chocolate chips did not melt. I even tried to put the oven temp. higher and the burned.

Member 3175742- The chips don't LOOK melted, although they are. That's what I thought too. They'll actually spread though.

I have made this before, and I tell you, it is crackalackin good! And so easy to make!

cook longer

cook longer

I made these with saltines, but I couldn't get the brown sugar mixture to get firm.I cooked for the full 3 minutes.What could be wrong?

You need to let the brown sugar mixture to heat to soft ball temperature, it starts at 324F. If you do not have thermometer, when ready a small amount of syrup dropped into chilled water forms a ball, but flattens when picked up with fingers

Sounds Easy and oh soooo good with the crunch, sweet and salty. Defiinitely a treat for Fall and Holiday, in my home and for Bake Sale. Keep these easy and good ones coming.

I have made this recipe except I use saltine crackers and chopped pecans. Nice to see other crackers work also! :-)

I have used Cinnamom Graham crackers too.

I have made these for several years except I use graham crackers.

I made this every Christmas or for Graduation Parties for the family. It's Good for you with the dark chocolate and they are addictive. Nice crunch and sometimes on the ends it is sometimes chewy goodness. Yeah these are Easy, Fast & Wonderful Treats

So easy to make, and oh sooo goood!!!! Thank you so much for a new family favorite : )

I have made this twice now. The first time with buttery crackers....with part semi-sweet chips and peanut butter chips. The loved the combo of the chips but thought it was almost too sweet. Next time i made it with saltines and just semi-sweet chips...I thought it was better ....not so sweet. Used Walnuts both times instead of Pecans...they are my nut of choice. I will make them again....with the combo of chocolate/peanut butter chips...but I will definately use saltines.

We call this "CRACK" candy because it is so addicting and yummy!

We have been making these for a few years now, we always use saltines. Also I would suggest only 1/2 the chocolate, as others have mentioned. One cup is plenty and makes a well-balanced treat. Two cups is too chocolately, we tried it once and didn't like it as well.

those candies look so delicous. Going to try them this afternoon, I know my grand kids will love them. Thanks Mr. Food.

I agree about using half the chocolate and my recipe, from Mr. Food, calls for a 15 x 10 pan.

I used half the chocolate

I made this with saltine crackers and doubled the butter and brown sugar. I also used milk chocolate chips. This way they tasted alot better. I will have to try the buttery crackers.

I actually use the saltine crackers. In fact I purchased some last week and then couldn't remember why for the life of me I bought them, since I never do. Thanks for the reminder. Will drag out my recipe and make my version since I aready know it's a keeper.

This has been a favorite for years; we use soda crackers. Should be a warning posted, it is so addictive my son named it Cocaine Cookies.

yes we call them crack candy! very good!

I make this for Passover, using matzo. It's known as "Matzo Crack" because it is so insanely addictive. I sometimes use white choc chips as well as semi-sweet for a yummy swirly effect.

Exceptional! So fast and easy, and my kids love these.

my mom made these when i was a kid. i"ve been looking for this recipe. Thanks.


Has anyone tried this with crushed pretzels?

That sounds tasty. Bet graham crackers would work too. Tried it with club crackers and liked the saltines better.


I make Pine Bark which is pretty much the same as this recipe except I use 1 sleeve of saltines & you add almond extract to the butter & brown sugar. Yum! That recipe is Paula Deen's & it's on the Food Network website.

Nope...not hers. That recipe was around before Paula Deen entered the Food Network Stage. It's on a recipe card passed down from my grandma and I'm sure she copied it from somewhere.


I am going to try them this afternoon, I can't wait.

I make this often! nuts and toffee are great together!

I use one sleeve (40) saltines. No nuts. Easy,fast and delicious..

I don't like nuts so I was thinking of substituting toffee chips!

I love toffee bits, thanks for the suggestion, that will be a great substitution

I have used toffee bits; even better is brickle bits because they have some chocolate with them. Yummy. Arlene

I make these with graham crackers,equally good.

Mr. Foods, I love you and your recipes.

My friend makes this using saltine crackers, and always makes a double batch. The combination of sweet, salty and chocolate is amazing!

this is very close to a recipe I make at Passover using Matzo crackers. But after making the caramel sauce and poured over crackers we bake it in the oven and then put chocolate over--this recipe seems a bit simpler and easier--thanks for sharing.

I've made these for years using graham cracker squares.

Sounds good to me , I will try this recipe for a pot luck at church for the sweet table .

Sounds like the mock "English Toffee" we make during the holidays. Note; if you cooke the sugar and butter on the stove watch it closely. Easier way is to simply melt butter in microwave and add brown sugar. Stir until dissolved then pour over crackers (we use saltines).

Since there is no picture I am not sure what you mean by miniature round buttery crackers, do you mean like Ritz miniatures? I had a recipe about like this that used plain soda crackers but something "buttery" sounds even better

barb, I have a recipe that I have used for over 30 ys that used soda crackers. I'll have to try the buttery mini crackers. Sounds good.

so what kind of crackers and how many

I use Ritz Crackers

It doesn't say mini crackers just round ones like Ritz crackers.

Sounds wonderful and easy. Can't wait to try it.


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