Saltine Toffee or It’s Bark is as Good as the Bite!

Last week at work there was a discussion among my staff about making toffee out of saltines.   I just listened…over the years I have heard a lot of different recipe idea’s but this almost made me laugh.   Then I thought about it, my staff loves to eat, they love my food.  So if they know what good is, then just maybe this Saltine Toffee was the real thing!
I talked to both of my workers that had made the toffee, and both recipes were very close, the only difference being one used white sugar , the other brown sugar.   I thought about , thought it might be fun to make, then I stuck it on my must do list ( I haven’t started working on that list yet, we all know what that means).
Then friday morning, Kathy brought in some Saltine Toffee she had made.  Ok it was 6:45 in the morning, I had already had 3 cups of coffee, so some sugar and chocolate was definitely in order.  Well about 4 pieces later, the saltine toffee had not moved form my must do list , to its getting made this weekend!  To be sure I reviewed the recipe with both Kathy and Christine, both had made it successfully…..hmmm, it didn’t sound to hard, I mean it certainly wasn’t an involved recipe… could it work?   how could it really taste that good??  So I ate another 3 pieces……..yup it will work.So this weekend saltines in hand, I made the toffee.

I made the Chocolate first, everything seemed to be working ok, although it didn’t seem like I had enough chocolate, darn I need to start writing down recipes!   So I added another bag of Chocolate chips, now I felt better, the chocolate spread nicely, and everything was covered.  So into the freezer it went.  After about 15 minutes I took it out and started breaking up the bark.  I anxiously stuffed a hunk into my mouth…..hmm, it wasn’t the same…….too much chocolate taste, not enough toffee……just to be sure I ate another piece…no it’s not the same.  Where was that wonderful toffee taste?   Sigh…..I really need to pay more attention when someone is giving me a recipe.

Not to be deterred I started again.  I had white chocolate begging to be used!  Ok, I need more toffee flavor!  In my mind that gave me two options, 1. increase the amount of butter and sugar   2. decrease the amount of saltines.   I chose option 2.
I found a smaller baking dish, instead of the cookie sheet, and instead of using two packs of crackers, I used almost one.   This would work, I could feel it (actually it was all the chocolate from the first batch I felt, sugar overload!!)….but not to worry, we would have toffee!

I am happy to report, the white chocolate toffee turned out perfectly!  Great toffee taste, not too much chocolate and the added pistachio’s made them look even better!   I felt better! Well actually I felt like I was going to be….way too much sugar, all I needed was an espresso and I could re- tile the bathroom!

So my friends, before the  sugar buzz leaves me, I want to give you with my reworked recipe for Saltine Toffee.  I think there’s a lot of room to have fun with this recipe, mine was very basic, but you could do so much more with it.   And of course, I would like to give credit to Kathy and Christine for the inspiration for this lovely, extremely easy toffee!!

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Saltine Toffee
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
  • 1 pack Saltine Crackers
  • 1 8oz bag chocolate chips, your choice of chocolate
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  1. Place a piece of parchment paper in an 11×13 baking dish, allow the paper to hang over the ends.
  2. Line up your saltines in rows in the baking dish, fill in all the spaces, even if you have to cut the crackers in half.
  3. Place the butter in a saute pan and let the butter melt, add the sugar, and mix well . Allow the mixture come to a boil and continue to boil for about 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the butter mixture over the crackers, spread it evenly over the crackers.
  5. Place baking dish with crackers in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove baking dish from the oven and pour a bag of chocolate chips over the crackers, spreading it evenly over the crackers so it will melt.
  7. As the chocolate melts spread it evenly over the crackers.
  8. At this point add any topping you would like, nuts, fruit, candies…
  9. Allow to cool and break into pieces and enjoy!


Now you can either allow it to cool naturally, or if your as impatient as I am, carefully lift the parchment paper at the ends overhanging out of the baking dish and place on a cookie sheet that will fit into your freezer.
Leave to cool in freezer for about 20 minutes.  The chocolate should be a slightly frozen and when you slam it on the counter it should bread some.  If not just use your hands to bread it apart into pieces.
Now learn a lesson from me, and try not to let any males in the house eat it all……they will regret it…of course they will still want to eat more, but aside from the sugar buzz their stomachs will feel a little woozy….sigh.

I do have to say the toffee was delicious!!!  Of course you can make real toffee if you like, but as your filling out your cookie trays or tins to give out for the holidays, this toffee is a wonderful filler, and your friends and relatives will love it!!  My only advice might be to cut the chocolate just a little if the chocolate is very flavorful, you want to taste the toffee more than the chocolate.

Have fun, keep warm and I’ll talk to you all soon!!


  1. sara @ CaffeIna says:

    You are too funny! I'm glad you actually "failed" the first try (fail, oh well, chocolate lovers would still have eaten them all!). I was saying, I'm glad you moved on and try it with white chocolate. That's the stuff I like (I'm sure Christiane is about to write a similar comment hahaha). Great stuff! And I love love love the pistachio addition. They would have helped today that I'm sick. I wish you a great week, Chef!

  2. This is the recipe we used to make when we were kids….Memories, in the corner of my mind or what?? Thanks for sharing, I will make this at some point this week!

  3. Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } says:

    OMG – this is my favorite recipe that I make during the holidays. I call it "Surprise English Toffee" since many folks can guess the saltine portion. Glad it is one of your favorites too. 🙂

  4. Chef Dennis, so funny how you wrote the post 🙂 And love the idea of the saltine toffee…the good thing is that I have all the ingredients 🙂

  5. baking.serendipity says:

    I think I had your same reaction to the idea of saltine toffee at first. But the pictures are making me seriously think about giving this a try. The white chocolate looks delicious!

  6. The Mom Chef says:

    I hate it when Sara gets here before me, reads my mind and posts exactly what I'm going to say! On behalf of all us white chocolate lovers (like Sara and me), thanks for "failing" that first time. I think Sara and I will have to both make it and see what we think.

  7. Both of your toffees sound delicious…even though the first one was too chocolaty ;)! The saltines sound like a wonderful addition adding a nice crunch! I would have never thought to use them if I hadn't read this! Thanks for sharing :)!

  8. Very clever headline. I'm salivating.

    I haven't forgotten about your sauce interview. I plan to finish up my story very soon. Time has really gotten away from me!

  9. Chow and Chatter says:

    wow such a fun recipe looks amazing as well

  10. I think everyone is a little skeptical the first time they hear about these amazing treats. They certainly are addicting. Your white chocolate/pistachio version is something I am going to have to try.

  11. 3 cups of coffee and candy by 6:45? ha!

    Who knew you could turn saltines into something so yummy?? Both look mighty tasty to me…

  12. wendyweekendgourmet says:

    Yummy…I have a friend who makes this. She calls it Christmas Crack :lol!: I love the white choc version too!!

  13. Anna's Table says:

    I first tried these addictive treats last Christmas at a family supper and couldn't believe they were made with the humble saltine crackers.

  14. Daydreamer Desserts says:

    Sounds like I need to give this saltine toffee a try… let's see what I come up with. Thanks for shearing Chef! 🙂

  15. Cute headline 🙂 I love the simplicity of the recipe. My sister has made this type of thing using saltines and it tasted delicious. I was surprised how flavorful it was and how few ingredients it had. I bet these are fabulous! Perfect timing too. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Hey Chef Dennis,

    Way to be persistent and not giving up on the first failed attempt or we wouldn't have this lovely toffee recipe. I'll have to admit, the white chocolate version looks more appealing to me as I'm a white chocolate fan. I didn't know toffee involved such fee ingredients to make. Hope your stomach is feeling much better now after all that.

  17. Foodtographer says:

    Absolutely a fantastic simple recipe..salty and sweet goodness…YUM!

  18. thecompletecookbook says:

    What a fun recipe. I am pleased though that you spared me the sugar overload by getting the quantities sorted first. hee hee.
    🙂 Mandy

  19. These totally remind me of my friend, who always makes chocolate saltines for our get togethers! they are always a huge hit. I love your take on them. Even if your first batch didn't turn out absolutely perfect, I am sure they were still divine… you can pass along any of your not-so-perfect treats right over to me!

  20. jose manuel says:

    Que delicia, esto es para no parar.


  21. Love holiday treats made with saltines! Made several batches last year, and they were a big hit!!

  22. Hey Chef Dennis- How ironic that you posted this recipe, because one of the Food Editors for The Chicago Tribune Sunday, had a recipe for the exact same thing, Saltine Toffee. Great minds think alike, so now I have to try this recipe for sure.
    Have a great week!

  23. Oh I need something like this for the holiday 🙂 I thought of making eatable gifts… and yor toffee recipe sounds so right 🙂

  24. ladymorgiana says:

    oh those look good 🙂 I'll need to give them a try 🙂 Thanks Dennis for sharing!

  25. Boulder Locavore says:

    Delicious (and innovative) recipe as always!

    Chef Dennis I have an award for you. I realize you have been giving this award prior but you fulfill it's intent fully to me and I wanted to acknowledge you once again. Thank you for such a contribution to the blogging community. You set a tone, tenor and spirit for our craft this is bar none. Thank you.

  26. The Blue-Eyed Bakers says:

    Oooh your white chocolate/pistachio version sounds rather amazing! Salty, crunchy and chocolately?! Yes please!

  27. the constant hunger says:

    I love that you describe the entire process of achieving your recipes. I still can't get over the fact that these are made with saltines. It's sounds so crazy I gotta try it out.

  28. Chef, I love that you remind me that we are all human sometimes. Sometimes things don't always work out in the kitchen….but you kept going!! YAY! I'm so glad that the white version turned out so well! I have had Saltine Toffee before, but never actually made it…gotta try this now for sure!

  29. Pretend Chef says:

    This makes me giddy since I have a salt tooth. Anytime I can combine sweet and salty I'll take it! Usually by the means of chocolate covered potato chips but this sounds like it would do the trick. I must try this now!

  30. Torviewtoronto says:

    I like the white ones they do look pretty with pistachios I am sure the toffee and barks didn't last too long 🙂

  31. foodtravelandwine says:

    Wow……a similar recipe comes to my mind from my childhood…..Thanks for sharing it!!…..memories are coming back!!…..Abrazotes, Marcela

  32. Dana Salvo says:

    I LOVE mixing sweet and salty! Everyone has always thought I was nuts for it. Glad I'm not alone! I'm def. going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  33. The Enchanted Cook says:

    Hmmm, I will have to try this – I bet it tastes something like if you used pretzels? The salty and the chocolate hits the spot with me! Thanks for the recipe!

  34. Organic Warrior says:

    I always get ahead of myself & usually end up screwing up recipes. That's why I don't really bake! But this combo seems fun-I love salt with my chocolate!

  35. Toffee can be tricky. That said toffee is always welcome. Love the pistachios – tasting it all right now. Now – this is the first time seeing saltines in the recipe… that could be fun!

  36. I made this for the first time a few weeks ago. It's so easy, and magical that it turns out to taste just like toffee:) Your variation looks great too!


    What fun! I just love recipes like this. Good food doesn't always have to be fancy-shmancy. I bet the crackers lighten up the toffee and provide a great crunch factor!

  38. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says:

    Mmmm I'm in sugar heaven just looking the your photos!!! When I made homemade Twix bars out of crackers, my mama kept mentioned saltine toffee. I always wondered what it looked like. The white chocolte is an amazing idea. I LOVE LOVE LOVE white chocolate and I would glady chow down on a ton of your white chocolate saltine toffee!! 🙂

  39. I would love to try this. Looks simple and addictive. Would bring lots of smiles with a cup of hot coffee.

  40. What a great idea, this looks amazing! Last year I made something similar — salted pretzel toffee — which was pretty delicious too!

  41. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having says:

    I love the salty sweet combination! I'm glad your persistence paid off, and hopefully your blood sugar is a little closer to normal now!

  42. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    What a funny and delicious looking idea! You're so creative, Dennis! I'll definitely have to give these a try some lazy day. Thanks for sharing!

  43. Betty Ray says:

    OMG, those are sooo good. I can eat a whole tray. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂 I really like the look of your modified recipe. yuummm!

  44. blackbookkitchendiaries says:

    this looks so lovely. i know my family would enjoy this very much. thank you for sharing. have a nice day.

  45. bunkycooks says:

    The recipe with the saltines is bringing back memories…I am glad to watch everyone else make all the goodies this year so I don't have them around to eat!

  46. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines says:

    You know the best thing about mistakes is being able to eat them! I have a wicked idea for you, how about next time you use chopped up peanut butter cups instead of the chocolate chips! Obviously I had quite a bit of caffeine this morning too! Have a great week.

  47. Anna Johnston says:

    Teeheee 🙂 Sometimes its fun to fail huh…, specially when you get to eat really chocolatey fails.., love your dedication in lining up and having another go at it. What a great flavour huh.

  48. Adora's Box says:

    Love the idea! We call saltines "feel well crackers" because we eat it when we don't feel well, dipped in condensed milk. Toffee is way better!

  49. Saltine toffee sounds killer. I love sweet salty. I hate it when recipes don't turn out. I've even been known to mope around after. But lucky the white chocolate worked, now you're half there.

  50. Red Hamster says:

    I had the same experience the one time I tried to make Saltine Toffee with dark chocolate…including trying to rescue the chocolate from being wasted by nibbling it all off the top of the saltines. 😀

    Good on you for continuing on to success. I will have to try the white chocolate next time.

  51. Island Vittles says:

    a friend of mine used (probably still does) to make this out of matzo crackers…salty and sweet in perfect balance…Thanks Chef D! Theresa

  52. Andrea the Kitchen Witch says:

    I love this stuff! Its deceptively simple and yet so delicious. thanks for the post & the reminder of how yummy these little treats really are!

  53. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron says:

    You redeem yourself with a new batch very well Chef Dennis! They look perfect and love the pistachio for topping. I'm bad at writing recipes down too. Sometimes it looks pretty easy so no need to write down recipe but the simplicity can cause mishap sometimes 😀

  54. 5 Star Foodie says:

    A delicious combination of sweet and salty! Love the one with white chocolate especially 🙂

  55. I imagine that this would be very good. It's got the sweet/salty thing going on similar to chocolate covered pretzels. Very nice!

  56. Yummm…we make this but swap out the saltines for graham crackers. Super delicious. I liked your final version, festive, white… crisp! Super – Happy Monday! – Megan

  57. Sarah-Jane - says:

    Duh – I had no idea what saltines were and had to google it. NOW I know …

    Would never have thought to put those with toffee and chocolate ! Salt and toffee and chocolate sould like a match made in heaven 🙂

  58. Michael Toa says:

    Sweet and salty delicious treats. Yum. Good stuff! This is addictive.

  59. Amazing, isn't it! I had the same reaction you did when given the recipe about 15 years ago. Yeah, right, candy from saltines. This is going to be a bust. Then, I made them and fell in love. They are totally addictive!!!! Years ago I made about 4000 cookies each holiday season and delivered boxes to almost all my clients. These were some of the most popular! Best, Kate

  60. Hey Dennis, I love that you decided to decrease the amount of saltines instead of adding more sugar and butter;)! And what a beautiful result born from a really great idea. I love the sound of salty, crunchy saltine covered in white or dark chocolate. Very neat, Dennis. I might have to try this…:)
    p.s. this should be on The Top 9-so practical and accessible!

  61. Treat and Trick says:

    Never thought than saltine cracker will turn so good with chocolate, love both version, thanks for sharing this idea…

  62. Dionne Baldwin says:

    How interesting! I have never seen anything like this before! But if you say it's good it HAS to be…I trust your judgement. Thanks for sharing this! I may have to give this a go as soon as my family doesn't make "that face" when I suggest something sweet. I think they're cookied out!

  63. Table Talk says:

    I shouldn't be reading this when a sweet tooth is striking…it looks dangerously good!

  64. T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types says:

    If at first you don't succeed …
    I can't think of a better use for Saltines. I can see this would be deeply satisfying!

  65. I make a version of the saltine toffee bark. I love it and have made it many times. It is so easy and people love it. I love the idea of white chocolate and pistachios. That sounds great and it looks very impressive too.

  66. Yum! I think I'm going to have to make these! Mouth-watering photos too!

  67. Sippity Sup says:

    This is the kind of bark that makes my bite snap! GREG

  68. Jess @ Bakericious says:

    both looks delicious, yum yum.

  69. Damaris @Kitchen Corners says:

    That's so interesting. I can't believe you doubted them, saltines are the bomb. Seriously, I'm a huge fan. I love your writing!

  70. Hi sweet man! I love how you found inspiration from your coworkers…it seems like they had a great idea/tradition that needed a little Chef Dennis magic! Your white chocolate saltine toffee looks wonderful. I love pistachios and white chocolate paired together so I know I would love this. Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you have a peace-filled week.

  71. foodies at home says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! This looks fabulous! What a perfect holiday treat! I would have the best intentions of sharing this with my friends and co workers but I bet it might be gone before it is out the door! hehe

  72. Angie's Recipes says:

    Chef D, these saltine toffees look insanely decadent and addictive! My husband would definitely pick up the white chocolate one!

  73. I've heard of this being made with matzo crackers as well. I've never tried making it myself, I am glad you went before and blazed the trail and tried it all out for us! The white chocolate one looks phenomenal.

  74. Your Saltine Toffee looks amazing! Like you, I would have been skeptical, but with your seal of approval I might have to add this to my holiday repertoire! Thanks for the recipe!

  75. Lauren Zabaneh says:

    okay, I have never heard this one before! Sounds great because of the salty-sweet combo. I agree, espresso and a grazing of this stuff, you bathroom would be tiled in no time! Love it! P.s. I got my new set of cookware from CSN that I bought with the giveaway money! I love it. What a great website too. thanks again, Dennis!

  76. Both Toffee looks breath taking and I wish I can have few pieces now with my coffee. Thank you for sharing this great post. I'm so envy that your students can have these tasty food everyday.

  77. says:

    I loooove chocolate covered crackers. People think their weird until they try them. Gertrude Hawk's used to make them, and I would eat a box at a time. They are like potato chips.

  78. sensiblecooking says:

    It is now on my to do list. But I am going to make sure it happens this weekend. Well if you still have the first failed attempt I will be happy to get rid of it for you.

  79. I would never think of using saltines. What an interesting idea.

  80. Evan @swEEts says:

    My roommate in college used to make this saltine toffee as well! Its delicious and so simple.. the ingredients don't seem like they'd work but it yields a great holiday treat! I like that you used the white chocolate too.. very clever 🙂 You keep saying you're not much of a baker, but I think you're pretty darn good!

  81. Liana @ femme fraiche says:

    MMmmmm this looks delicious! I love sweet and salty. And white chocolate and pistachio is heavenly, I just made some truffles of the same sort:)

  82. Spicie Foodie says:

    At first glance or read rather, it may sound like a strange idea. But you've convinced me and if you enjoyed it then it's definitely a must try. Glad it worked out in the end. Thanks for sharing another great recipe.

  83. this looks amazing! I wish I had some right this second!

  84. penny aka jeroxie says:

    naughty snack to munch on over xmas

  85. I have a similar recipe that uses graham crackers and it's absolutely delicious! I'll definitely have to try your saltine version as I love, love toffee!

  86. scrambledhenfruit says:

    This stuff is very addictive! (and delicious) It's something about the sweet crunch paired with the not-so-sweet flaky saltine that makes these irresistable.

  87. this is absolutely the most addictive homemade candy in the world. i have to limit myself, and i'm not kidding about that. 🙂

  88. I am pregnant, so this post almost sent me over the edge. Salty AND sweet… White Chocolate is my FAVORITE!! Well done!


  89. Sprinkles of Parsley says:

    I'm completely obsessed with toffee… this looks so easy and delicious!! Love it!

  90. Good for you for making it again right away. I usually get angry at my failure and put another attempt off for weeks. I love the simplicity of this recipe too, never thought of using saltines. Guess your co-wrokers were right! Thanks

  91. Cake Duchess says:

    Oh my word…amazing toffee! I have been drooling over this post since you posted it. Trying not to look at it before I go to bed…and here I am hungry for your TOFFEE!

  92. Both of these look delicious! I'll be giving this recipe a try soon (sans nuts, though!). Thanks for all the hard work you put into getting the recipe just right 😉

  93. Morellocherry says:

    oh this looks amazing! i was initially reading through the duck post and then scrolled to the end to see this and though OMGOSH, I WANT THAT! lol ill have to have a go at this recipe 🙂

  94. Dennis…No one can ever say that you're not the stubbornly tenacious one. At least here it served to give us your very sweet treat.
    Saltines…excellent idea ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  95. What an interesting recipe! I'll have to give it a whirl. Thanks for sharing!

  96. mangiabella says:

    oh mah goodness… have wooed me in…..something this simple is absolutely DANGEROUS!!!!

  97. What a clever idea! Merry Xmas to you!!!

  98. Yum, I love this…my grandma makes it every year! Merry Chritmas to you 🙂

  99. These look so wonderful, Dennis! Hope you are having a great weekend!

  100. Your white chocolate version looks very festive. Perfect for the holidays. When a recipe comes as recommended as this one, it’s a must make! Besides, this recipe is affordable too. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  101. I really like the white chocolate version. Yumm!

  102. Chef Dennis, there are 101 responses before me, so no doubt these toffee barks are DELISH! Thanks for sharing, I’ve always wanted to make these! Happy Holidays!

  103. Woo hoo! Crack is wack, yo…but Christmas Crack is where it’s at 🙂

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