Chocolate Toffee “Crack”

by FoodBabbles on August 24, 2011

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I call it “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Toffee”… but everyone else calls it “Crack.” These are the words that were uttered by my sister-in-law, Dolores when asked about the incredibly addictive dessert she presented at her barbecue this past weekend. Now, when someone tells you a name like that… You just have to try it!

Being that I write a blog all about sweets and baking I think it’s abundantly clear that I like dessert. I mean, I like dessert a lot. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have some level of self-control. I’ll have my portion,  savoring each bite as I go and when I’ve had my fill, I’m done. Let me tell you what’s going to happen when you try this dessert.

You’re going to look into the container and say “Hmm… this looks interesting. It looks like a chocolate bark of some sort.” You’ll think to yourself, “Oh! and is that toffee also? I’m definitely trying this!” Then you’ll bite into it. You’ll notice the sweetness of the toffee, the bittersweet chocolate but then you’ll notice saltiness as well. As we all know, a sweet and salty combination is just oh so nice. So you’ll look at your morsel and see something else in there. Something you just aren’t quite sure what it is at first. “Wait… Is that? …a saltine cracker??” Now that’s a little something you wouldn’t normally expect in your toffee/bark thingamajig! But it works… It beyond works. It just wouldn’t be right if it weren’t there.

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Now here’s the part that really gets you though. You’ll be so delighted with this salty sweet concoction that you’ll eat one, maybe two and then you’ll think to yourself “Alrighty Self, I’m done.” This is the point where you absolutely must put the lid back on the container and put it somewhere. Somewhere out of sight. I’m not kidding. Really. Do it.

Otherwise kids, this is how it’s gonna go down. If that container is within arms reach or eye sight, you will eat more. There is absolutely no doubt about this. I’m not saying you “might” eat more… you will. You won’t be able to stop yourself. I speak from experience. At first you’ll just break off a tiny little piece… and then a little bit more… and then yes, you’ll do it over and over again until someone physically takes the container and moves it away to a place where you can no longer be tempted by it. There’s a reason why “everyone else calls it Crack.”

The beauty (or danger, depending on how you want to look at it) of this delightful dessert is that it is so very easy and quick to make! It’s going to take all of about 20 minutes to throw together but then comes the hard part… the wait. You’ll want to let it set in the refrigerator for about 1-2 hours. After trying this at the barbecue I already knew I would need to make it myself soon however two days later I received a recipe in my email. Lo and behold it looked a lot like what Dolores had made. I took this as a sign to get myself into the kitchen to make my own batch.

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Dolores topped hers with chopped walnuts. In fact, any chopped nut would be a great compliment. I decided to crush up malted milk balls and sprinkle those over my version. Next time I’ve already decided I’d like to amp up the salt to sweet ratio so I’m going to sprinkle a little coarse sea salt on top and see how that works. The possibilities are endless! So let your imagination run wild but heed my advice… Have one or two and then hide the bowl from yourself!



Chocolate Toffee "Crack"

20 minutes

Addictive and delicious crackers topped with buttery toffee and chocolate for an irresistible, easy to make dessert.


  • Approximately 50 saltine crackers
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces high-quality dark chocolate (60% cacao or greater), chopped
  • 1 cup crushed malted milk balls (or any other topping your heart desires)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet or jelly pan with foil. Place saltine crackers salt side up and side-by-side in the pan as tightly as possible without overlapping.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat stirring frequently with a spatula. Once butter has melted, add brown sugar and vanilla stirring to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes or until mixture is amber and begins to bubble. Remove from heat and pour over saltines using spatula to spread sauce.
  3. Bake crackers for 5 minutes or until butter mixture begins to bubble. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with chocolate allowing the heat to melt the chocolate. Spread chocolate evenly with the spatula so all of the crackers are completely covered. Sprinkle with crushed malted milk balls or desired topping. Refrigerate until chocolate sets and hardens. Break apart and serve.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle August 24, 2011 at 6:37 am

Oh my gosh! Yummy! I was thinking about learning how to make toffee the other day, too. I much prefer toffee to caramel.


FoodBabbles August 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

I’m not sure this particular toffee qualifies as “real” toffee but it certainly is tasty! It’s more of a “bark.”


Carrie @ poet in the pantry August 24, 2011 at 11:07 am

Oh, yum! I’ve heard a lot of talk about these but have never tried them myself. Looks like something that would be a huge hit in our house. 🙂


Micha August 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Oh wow. I have a feeling this would be dangerous to have at my house. Delicious but dangerous.


Olga @ MangoTomato September 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I haven’t done Daring Bakers in ages….Your first assignment looks great: I’d love some of that crack 😉


Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) September 5, 2011 at 12:23 am

That looks totally delicious…and like the perfect combination of salty/sweet. Cant wait to try it!


FoodBabbles September 5, 2011 at 8:52 am

Thanks, Jenn! Hope you like it


Sandy Blaxland September 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm

These are even better with graham wafers instead of saltines. So delicious; so addictive!


FoodBabbles September 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

What a great idea! I’ll have to give that a try


Maranda September 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I’ve seen this saltine toffee bark stuff around for a while now. I think I have to try it soon!


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