I’ve been making this candy (which, btw, is also known as “Cracker Candy” ) every Christmas for as long as I can remember. Which is why I was surprised today when Tera, my 15-year old daughter, said, “This candy is a little piece of heaven. Why have you never made it before?” Oh, daughter.
This is another of those never-fail-to-delight recipes. It’s so easy as to be almost embarrassing. But no one will know if we don’t tell them. Just offer them a little bit of heaven and say nothing.
Poor Man’s Almond Roca (a.k.a Cracker Candy)
- one sleeve of Saltine crackers
- 2 cubes of butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- a sprinkling of nuts: slivered almonds, pecans, or walnuts (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with Pam (or use a silicone liner like the one I’m using in the above picture–those are great!) Cover the foil or silicone with crackers.
In a pan, melt butter and brown sugar together.
As soon as the butter is melted and the mixture begins to boil, set a timer for 2 minutes. Stir as it boils, then remove from heat and pour evenly over the crackers.
Put the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Pull out and sprinkle with the chocolate chips.
Pop the baking sheet back in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the chocolate chips are spreadable. Using a knife, smoosh and spread the melted chocolate to cover the crackers.
Sprinkle with nuts …
… and set in the fridge for a couple of hours to cook and set. When the chocolate is hardened, peel off the foil or silicone and break into bite-sized pieces.
Try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting.