Christmas crunch is a classic holiday sweet that has been served around North America since the 70’s. Sweet, salty, and crunchy this treat is wildly addicting, super easy to make, and only uses 5 ingredients. Saltine crackers covered in caramel, chocolate, and your favourite Christmas candy.. hard to beat that! The perfect Christmas cookie for your cookie exchange this holiday season!
How to make Christmas Crunch
This sweet recipe is really easy and super fun to make. Start by grabbing yourself a large baking sheet and covering it in parchment paper. I also go the extra mile to spray it with some cooking spray to avoid and sticking. From there line the baking try with saltine crackers. Depending on the size of the tray you should be able to fit around 30-40 crackers.
Making your caramel
Don’t stress about this caramel. There is no need for candy thermometer or anything like that. All you need to to is throw 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar into a pot and place it over medium heat. Allow the butter and sugar to melt, and then stir until the two come together. Allow the mixture to bubble away on the stove for about 5-6 minutes, stirring every now and then. Keep an eye on the pot just to make sure the sugar mixture doesn’t boil over. After about 5-6 minutes or bubbling, remove from the heat and pour over the crackers. Smear the caramel over all of the crackers and then pop it in the over for 5 minutes!
Most of the work is now completed. From here, you are going to remove the pan from the oven and pour 2 cups of chocolate chips over the top crackers and caramel. Spread the chocolate out and let the chocolate chips just sit on the warm crackers for about 5 minutes. Once the chocolate is shiny, smear it over the top of the crackers. How satisfying? If the chocolate is having a bit of trouble melting, you can pop the tray back into the oven for 2-3 minutes.
While the chocolate is still melted, it’s time to add on the toppings. You can take this in any direction you can imagine here. I added on crushed up candy canes, red and green m&m’s, and roasted pecans. The sky is the limit here. This is a great activity to do with the kids! Once you have the toppings on, you can pop the whole tray into the fridge or freezer to firm up, and then time to enjoy!
Once the chocolate is firm and the caramel is set you can break apart the Christmas crunch and enjoy! Sweet, salty, crunchy, chocolatey.. I a lot going on and a lot to love! Enjoy!
Christmas CrunchPrint Recipe
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 40 saltine crackers
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup crushed candy canes
- 1/4 cup toast pecans
- 1/4 cup m&m's
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 10X15 inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
- Into a pot add the butter and brown sugar oven medium heat. Allow the butter and sugar to melt and then stir until they become combined. After a few minutes the mixture should start to bubble. This is good. Allow the mixture to bubble away for about 5-6 minutes. Try to avoid over stirring or it will separate.
- While caramel is bubbling, line the baking sheet with saltine crackers. You should be able to fit close to 40 crackers on the pan.
- When the caramel is done, pour it over the crackers and using a non stick or off set spatula, smear the caramel to all corners of the pan. Once covered, pop the tray back into the oven for 5 minutes.
- After five minutes, remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle on the chocolate chips evening across the crackers. Allow the chocolate to sit on the hot crackers undisturbed for 5 minutes or until the chocolate chips become shinny. If the chocolate chips have trouble melting pop the tray into the oven for 2 minutes. Once the chocolate is shiny, smear the chocolate across the top of the crackers. Make sure the whole top is fully covered.
- While the chocolate is still melted it's time to decorate. Sprinkle your toppings on and then pop the whole tray into the fridge or freezer until fully set. About 2 hours.
- After two hours, pop the crack out of the tray and using your hands or a knife, break apart and enjoy!