Hello all! It’s been way too long. As an apology, how ’bout I share a recipe for a festive candy that is delicious and perfect for holiday gifts?
Very lightly adapted from the awesome Macheesemo blog.
Makes one pan of candy
- 2 sleeves of Ritz holiday snowflake butter crackers (or substitute with whatever cracker you prefer)
- 1/2 C (or 1 stick) of salted butter
- 1/2 C of brown sugar
- 6 oz. (or 1/2 package) or dark chocolate chips
- 4 candy canes, pulverized
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Put the brown sugar and butter in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved.
In the meantime, arrange the crackers in the pan – try to nest them so that they are tightly packed next to each other.
Continue heating the butter and brown sugar mixture, without stirring, until the temperature of the mixture reaches 280F on a candy thermometer. Basically, you’re looking to reach soft crack stage.
Once the mixture reaches 280F, quickly pour the mixture over the crackers, and using an offset spatula, spread the caramel evenly over the crackers, then place the pan into the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, so that the caramel continues to cook. The crackers will absorb some of the caramel, giving the final product its characteristic buttery crunch.
After 8 to 10 minutes, check to see if the mixture is bubbling and a nice golden brown; if so, take it out and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crackers. Wait for 5 minutes before attempting to spread the chocolate – the residual heat of the caramel will melt the chocolate for you, making the task easier later.
Once the chocolate has melted, use an offset spatula and spread evenly over the surface of the crackers, the top with crushed candy canes. Let cool for at least half an hour before placing the entire pan in the freezer to set up.
Freeze at least 4 hours or overnight, then lift the entire paper out of the pan.
Break it up and stuff into your mouth. Keep leftovers (if any) in the freezer.
Note: This would work well with other toppings as well – nuts, candy, cereal. Customize to your preference!
Mmm buttery goodness. Enjoy!Read More