Saltine Toffee Recipe (2024)

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Published: Sep 22, 2020 Last Updated: Sep 22, 2020

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If you’ve never tried Saltine Toffee, now is the time! Crispy, buttery toffee with crackers, pecans and chocolate. So easy to make, too!

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Why make toffee from crackers

Years ago I remember being at a family reunion and I tried a graham cracker toffee bar. It was amazing and delicious, and I was SHOCKED that the base was a graham cracker.

I had to keep eating, bar after bar, for taste testing purposes.

This Saltine Toffee recipe has a saltier base (DUH) than a graham cracker, so the sweet and salty combo shines through on these bars!

While I love homemade English toffee, from scratch…sometimes I want something FASTER. And easier!

Ingredient Notes

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Similar to my favorite Christmas crack recipe, you only need a handful of ingredients to make a delicious candy treat!

  • Butter– choose unsalted butter in this recipe, the crackers have enough salt!
  • Sugar– granulated sugar is best!
  • Saltine Crackers– like I mentioned above, you can use graham crackers, Ritz crackers, or Club crackers. But for a traditional cracker toffee, start with Saltines.
  • Milk Chocolate– you can also use dark chocolate or white chocolate if you prefer!
  • Pecans– completely optional. You can add them before baking (and you get a toasted, nutty flavor…or sprinkle them on the melted chocolate.

Step by Step Instructions

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STEP 1: Melt your butter in a small saucepan, then add your sugar. Bring this mixture to a rolling boil.

STEP 2: Line 40 saltine crackers on a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking sheet.

STEP 3: Pour the melted butter and sugar mixture over the crackers, slowly, making sure that all the crackers have been covered in butter. You want all that buttery goodness in your Saltine Toffee!

STEP 4: Sprinkle everything generously with chopped pecans, then bake this for about 15 minutes. You want to make sure that the crackers look brown and caramelized.

STEP 5: Use a small spatula to remove the hot saltine cracker toffee from the pan and place it on parchment paper (or wax paper).

STEP 6: Melt your chocolate chips and spread over each cracker. To make this easier, I pour my melted chocolate into a large Ziploc bag, then snip the corner and drizzle generously over each cracker. Works like a charm!

Once the chocolate has hardened, store Saltine Toffee in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days (if it lasts that long). ENJOY!

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Tips and Tricks

  • Check your oven temperature. Cracker toffee can go from not ready to burnt in a minutes. Keep your eye on the toffee and remove when lightly browned.
  • Instead of removing individual pieces of crackers to cool, instead allow to cool as a whole on baking sheet. When set, crack into bite sized pieces.
  • Don’t worry about melting chocolate separately. Instead, put chocolate chips on hot toffee and place in oven for one minute. Use an offset spatula to smooth evenly.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use brown sugar instead of granulated white sugar?

Yes! I suggest swapping equal amount of packed light brown sugar, following the recipe directions exactly the same.

Can you freeze saltine toffee?

Wrap your toffee in plastic wrap and then place in an airtight freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 30 days.

Can I use margarine instead of butter?

To achieve the buttery crisp toffee flavor, I suggest keeping the recipe as written with butter.

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Saltine Cracker Toffee

4.61 from 64 votes

By: Aimee

If you've never tried Saltine Toffee, now is the time! Crispy, buttery, toffee with crackers, pecans and chocolate. So easy to make, too!

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 40 servings


  • 40 saltine crackers
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips


  • Line a 15x10x1-inch baking sheet with the saltine crackers. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add in sugar and bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.Once it begins to boil, remove from heat.

  • Pour over saltine crackers and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Place in a 375°F oven for about 13-15 minutes, until crackers are browned and caramelized.

  • Remove from oven and using a small spatula, place each piece of toffee onto a sheet of parchment paper on the counter.

  • Melt chocolate morsels and spread generously over toffee. Allow chocolate to set and store in airtight container for up to 5 days.


  • Make it easier! Place parchment paper in baking sheet prior to adding saltines. Cook accordingly. Remove from oven and sprinkles with chocolate chips. Allow to melt about 5 minutes, then spread with an offset spatula.
  • Freeze it! Wrap in plastic wrap then place toffee in an airtight container to freeze for up to 30 days.



Serving: 1piece, Calories: 132kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 36mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g

Course: Candy

Cuisine: American

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Crisp, buttery pieces of toffee made from saltine crackers and topped with pecans and rich milk chocolate. The perfect holiday treat.

Saltine Toffee Recipe (2024)


Why is my saltine toffee chewy? ›

Why is my cracker toffee chewy? For firm toffee, the caramel needs to cook to what's known as "hard crack" stage. If you pull the toffee out of the oven and it isn't bubbling all over, leave it in for additional time. If using a thermometer, the temperature of the caramel should reach about 300°F.

Why is my saltine toffee grainy? ›

Why is my saltine toffee grainy? The graininess you taste in toffee is always whole sugar crystals that did not fully dissolve when heated. To prevent this, stir the butter and brown sugar together while it melts. Then, make sure the entire mixture comes to a rolling boil, not just the edges of the pan.

What's the ingredients in saltine crackers? ›


How do you win the saltine challenge? ›

Try the 3,2,1 strategy.

This strategy is done by eating your crackers in sets of three, then two, and eating the last cracker on it's own. Your saliva is absorbed after eating two saltines separately, so when you use this strategy it is said to be easier since half of the challenge is over with in the first go.

Why is my toffee chewy and not crunchy? ›

Low and slow

Simmering the syrup for English toffee to the requisite 300°F temperature can (and should) be a slow process — up to 20 minutes or so. Don't hurry this gradual transformation; syrup that doesn't reach 300°F, or close to it, will make candy with timid flavor and chewy (not crunchy) texture.

Why is my toffee not set and why is it's texture grainy and not smooth? ›

As the toffee cools and the molten sugar crystals become solid again, they are attracted to the 'seed' forming new lumps of tiny crystals – hence the grainy texture. This can also happen if the toffee is stirred, or agitated, after it has begun to boil or on cooling (as happened with this pink-tinted toffee).

How do I stop toffee crystallizing? ›

As an alternative solution, before cooking, add corn syrup or a mild acid like lemon juice, vinegar, or cream of tartar to break up crystallization.

How do you fix grainy toffee sauce? ›

Add Moisture: If the sugar is melted but you still see a few crystals- sometimes adding some liquid like water or heavy cream to the mixture can help dissolve any sugar crystals that have formed and promote a smoother texture.

Why do hospitals serve saltine crackers? ›

Saltine crackers may improve symptoms of upset stomach in people with gastroparesis or nausea and vomiting induced by pregnancy or chemotherapy treatments.

Why are saltines so addicting? ›

From Florey University, neuroscientist Dr. Craig Smith states that the consumption of salt and salty snacks fire the natural opioid system within the central amygdala, where positive and negative emotions are handled and have the potential to get us hooked on seeking salt for taste.

Are saltines hardtack? ›

Saltines have been compared to hardtack, a simple unleavened cracker or biscuit made from flour, water, and sometimes salt. However, unlike hardtack, saltines include yeast as a leavening agent, which causes the bread to rise.

Why do saltines have 13 holes? ›

Crackers are not meant to rise like sourdough and baguettes, though. For cracker dough to bake to a perfect crisp, it needs to release the steam. Basically, perforating crackers with holes (also called docking) helps release steam from the dough when it bakes to keep the crackers flat.

Why is it impossible to eat 6 saltines in a minute? ›

Although the challenge may sound trivial, it is difficult because the crackers quickly exhaust the saliva in the mouth. Even though six saltines can fit in one's mouth at the same time, and a minute is plenty of time to chew, the resulting mass of crumbs is still difficult to swallow with a dry mouth.

What is the 3 cracker challenge? ›

THREE? They say this is fairly impossible. All we are asking you to do is eat THREE cream crackers in one minute or under. You cannot drink or eat anything else during this time.

Why is my cracker candy chewy? ›

The caramel topping needs to get to the hard-crack stage or it will be chewy. This means you may have to bake it a little longer or adjust your oven temperature slightly (every oven is different). I insist on a candy thermometer.

Why are my crackers chewy? ›

Moisture is the number one way to kill a crunch, and placing crackers in the fridge can cause them to go soggy rather quickly. Instead, to keep your crackers crunchy, place them in an airtight container and store them at room temperature. They'll remain nice and crisp until you're ready to enjoy them.

What does overcooked toffee look like? ›

But overcooked toffee will be just slightly crunchier (almost unrecognizably). So, always err on the side of over-cooking! Tip 2 explains how to do so! In order to avoid your chocolate turning white, you'll want to let it set in a room temperature spot without exposure to any drafts.

What is the meaning of chewy toffee? ›

/ˈtɑː.fi/ a hard, chewy, often brown sweet that is made from sugar boiled with butter.

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