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Christmas Crack Candy

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This Christmas Crack Candy is such a classic holiday treat.  A buttery Ritz base is topped with a homemade toffee layer and then chocolate.  This is a delicious festive treat everyone loves. 

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I love making sweet treats for the holidays, especially Christmas.  I really like making easy, festive treats that you can give as gifts or set out on a Christmas dessert platter, and this Christmas Crack Candy is perfect.  

This candy is also called Christmas Ritz Candy or Christmas Cracker Candy or even Toffee Candy.  Basically, this candy is a base of crackers, a layer of a homemade caramel/toffee mixture, and then a topping of chocolate.  

A lot of recipes call for saltines as the base layer and they work great in this recipe but I love the buttery flavor of Ritz crackers and I prefer to use them, it just makes this recipe even more delicious! 

The toffee or caramel layer is a cinch to make and you do not even need a candy thermometer, which I love!  Butter, sugar, and vanilla come together to create this luscious layer and is spread over the crackers.

The chocolate on top is usually a semisweet or milk chocolate but for this holiday version I like to use a white chocolate so I can swirl in some red and green candy melts to make a truly gorgeous candy. 

Christmas Crack Candy plated

Now I like to just top this with a few Christmas sprinkles but it is also so delicious topped with chopped pecans, almonds or walnuts.  

This Christmas Crack Candy is so easy to make, it makes a ton and is perfect for giving out as gifts for the holidays.  This candy looks gorgeous packed into holiday tins, Christmas boxes and even mason jars topped with a little bow. 

This candy is also really pretty on a dessert tray or piled up on a plate waiting for your guests to grab a piece.  

Christmas Crack Candy plated

Can I use other crackers?

Yup!  While I prefer the Ritz crackers you can use saltines, club crackers, and even graham crackers.  As long as they are a mild flavored cracker you can use your favorite. 

What is the best chocolate to use?

You can use semisweet or milk chocolate chips.  White chocolate chips or almond bark also works beautifully and allows you to decorate more.  You can also mix your chocolate and do a semisweet layer with white swirled in.  Any of the colored candy melts also works great.

What else can I top the candy with?

Traditionally chopped, toasted nuts are used and is really yummy.  Sprinkles are also perfect on top of this.  You can also think outside the box and crumble up cookies, crumble up graham crackers, chopped peanut butter cups would be amazing!

How long does this stay fresh?

This candy stays fresh in an airtight container for a week.  You can even freeze it for up to 3 months.  

Christmas Crack Candy plated

What I used to make this candy

Christmas Crack Candy

  2. Preheat oven.
  3. Place crackers in single layer in pan.
  4.  In a pot cook together butter, sugar and salt. 
  5. Remove from heat. 
  6. Pour mixture over crackers in pan
  7. Bake
  8. Melt your chocolates and swirl over top of crackers.
  9. Sprinkle with holiday colored sprinkles.
  10. Serve

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Christmas Crack Candy plated

Christmas Crack Candy

Yield: 30 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes


  • 40 Ritz crackers
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 24 ounces vanilla almond bark
  • ½ cup red candy melts
  • ½ cup green candy melts
  • Holiday sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. 
  3. Place crackers in single layer in pan.
  4. In a medium saucepan, cook and stir butter, sugar and salt over medium heat until butter is melted. 
  5. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Let boil for 7 to 9 minutes, stirring frequently, until light brown in color. 
  6. Remove from heat. Add vanilla; stir until blended. 
  7. Immediately pour mixture evenly over crackers in pan; spread to cover the crackers.
  8. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until bubbly and brown.
  9. Remove from oven.
  10. Melt your almond bark over a double boiler or in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals until melted.
  11. Repeat with the red and green chocolate as well.
  12. Pour the almond bark over the cracker mixture and spread out evenly.
  13. Drizzle the red and green chocolate on top of the white.
  14. Run your knife through the red and green creating swirls.
  15. Sprinkle with holiday colored sprinkles.
  16. Let cool completely, about 2 hours or until chocolate is set. 
  17. Break into pieces. 
  18. Serve!
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