This addictive Christmas crack bark takes the traditional Christmas crack recipe and makes it even easier, but just as delicious. Only three ingredients and minutes to make.
What is Christmas crack you may ask? I believe it is so called because of its addictive nature. Yeah, I pretty much demolished half this batch. Or, it’s called “crack” because of the crackers. That’s probably it, too, I suppose. The traditional Christmas crack recipe for this salty sweet treat calls for a layer of saltine crackers, a layer of toffee (brown sugar and butter), and a layer of chocolate. I turned that recipe into Christmas crack bark. I’m almost afraid of how easy it is, because I might need rehab this holiday season if I keep making the stuff.
The “Christmas” part of the title is because it’s often given when making homemade holiday food gifts. But Christmas is certainly not required to make this crazy-awesome chocolate bark.
If you like this treat, be sure to check out this roundup of Christmas chocolate bark ideas.
how to make Christmas crack bark
you will need:*
- 2 cups (one bag) of chocolate chips, semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate
- 15 saltine crackers
- 10 to 15 caramel bits candy
*Use any of your preferred chocolate. Dark is especially nice in this recipe. Find the caramel bits candy at the supermarket in the candy or baking aisles.
what to do:
Line a baking tray with wax paper and set aside. Break the crackers into pieces and set aside.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips. Heat at 70 percent power for 90 seconds. Stir and continue to microwave at 15 second intervals until the chips are about halfway melted. Stir so the residual heat completely melts the chips and they are smooth.
Scrape the chocolate onto the prepared baking tray. Spread evenly. You will fill about 3/4 of the tray. Sprinkle the crackers on top and gently press the crackers into the chocolate (this step will help the crackers adhere to the chocolate so they don’t fall off after it sets).
Put the caramel bits in a microwave-save bowl (if you love caramel, use 15 pieces). Add 2 teaspoons of water. Microwave at 50 percent power for 30 seconds or until melted. Stir well until smooth. Use a small spoon or fork to drizzle caramel over the bark.
Let the chocolate bark set at room temperature or in the fridge. Score with a knife and break apart.