It's my 12 Days of Christmas!
Christmas Food that is!
Today is Day #4 and I'm sharing my recipe for
also known as Heath Bar Crunch!
This sweet and salty snack is always very popular around Christmas time! It's a perfect quick dessert - taking less than 15 minutes to make! And everyone always loves it! It's pretty addictive...hence the name Christmas Crack!
Your Shopping List for the Heath Bar Crunch:
- 1 sleeve of salted saltine crackers (you may need a few more if some are broken...and please don't use unsalted crackers)
- 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter (don't use unsalted...you want the salt!)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking soda*
- 1 bag semisweet chocolate chips (milk chocolate works too)
- foil and cooking spray
Now Let's Make the Heath Bar Crunch:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray it liberally with cooking spray (like PAM)
- Arrange saltine crackers in a single layer, covering the entire pan (you may need to break pieces to make them fit)
- In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter and mix in brown sugar
- Stir occasionally until the butter and sugar are thoroughly combined
- When the mixture starts to bubble, continue to stir for exactly 2 minutes (seriously set your timer)
- After the 2 minutes is up, add in the 1/4 tsp of baking soda and stir constantly for exactly 1 minute (the mixture should get lighter and bubble higher)
- Working quickly, pour mixture evenly over crackers and put in oven for 7 minutes
- Take pan out of oven and sprinkle entire bag of chocolate chips evenly over pan
- Allow to sit one minute (chocolate will begin to melt) and then use the back of a spoon to spread into an even layer
- Place pan in freezer until set (at least 30 minutes to 1 hour)
- Remove from freezer, using foil remove from pan and peel off foil
- Break into bite size pieces and serve or store in freezer (you can store it in the fridge too it will just be a bit softer - I eat it right out of the freezer!)
*Cooking Tip - if you cannot remember the last time you bought baking soda, buy a new box! You definitely want new baking soda for holiday baking! Throw the old box in the fridge!