Photo Credit: Alexandra Mascali
It’s time for Friday Night Bites and tonight we’re satisfying our sweet tooth!
I had heard over the years about this “sweet” that people went absolutely crazy for, but it was made with saltine crackers and chocolate and I just never got it. However, it came across my radar again this summer and I thought let’s see what all the fuss was about. Well, I served it at a party and all I can tell you is guests kept approaching me with this giddy look asking “WHAT is that chocolate candy dessert?”…so there you go.
This sweet and salty confection (I guess it qualifies as candy) is easy to make and it makes people quite happy. Let us know what your crowd thinks (perfect for a party!)
- 1 sleeve salted saltine crackers (approx. 40 crackers)
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet (I used a 10” x 15”) with aluminum foil. Spray foil with a non-stick baking spray.
- Lay saltine crackers flat on foil in a grid-like pattern placing them right up against each other with no space in between to make rows and columns until entire bottom of pan is covered with crackers. (FYI: my pan fit 5 crackers in each row and made 7.5 rows.) Set aside.
- In a non-stick pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and stir until it comes to a boil and all sugar is dissolved. Stir in vanilla extract. Keep stirring for another minute or two.
- Pour mixture evenly over pan of saltines. Bake in preheated oven until bubbly, approximately 4-5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and evenly sprinkle with chocolate chips. As chocolate chips are melting, spread evenly to cover entire top. Optional: dust with crushed salted saltines, nuts, or crushed toffee.
- Place in freezer for 1 hour.
- Remove and break into pieces (if it is too hard to break right out of the freezer, allow to sit on counter for 5-10 minutes.)
- Display on serving tray and serve.
- Note: This is a great treat to keep in the freezer and plate up when guests stop by on a Friday Night (or any night.) Just pack up in an airtight container or large sealable plastic bag and place a sheet of wax/parchment paper between each layer before freezing.