Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sea Salted Caramel Christmas Crack {Recipe}


I stumbled upon this recipe over at Cleverly Inspired for caramels last week and instantly knew that it was meant to be.


My favorite drink at Starbucks is the Salted Caramel Mocha. See? I told you . Meant to be! :)

Anyway, I pinned it with the intention of taking these delicious little treats to a Cookie Exchange/Ugly Sweater Party that our Mom's Group is having. What's the point in making delicious, melt-in-your-mouth caramel candies if you can't share them?

But, things didn't quite turn out as I had hoped. Humidity had it in for me and I didn't even know it! Apparently, candy won't set if it's humid out. I had no idea.

So... after lovingly tending to my caramels, they never hardened. After 24 hours of sitting out, they were still gooey, liquid-y and oh so delicious tasting. Major fail. *le sigh*

But, there was no way I was going to throw away that sea salted, caramel deliciousness. So, I poured it into a tupperware container and set it aside in the fridge to be dealt with on another day.

That day came last night. I remembered that once upon a time a friend of mine used to bring this treat she referred to as "Christmas crack" to holiday gatherings. It was divine! I decided to make my own version using my failed caramel concoction as substitute for her brown sugar/butter mixture.

And, while this recipe has Christmas in the title, do not let it fool you. It would be a great treat to bring along to a New Year's eve party or an awesome munchie for Super Bowl Sunday! :)

Let's get started!

1 sleeve saltine crackers
sea salted caramels that didn't set (You can follow the recipe from Cleverly Inspired , just don't let the caramels set)
1 bag of milk chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Spread crackers out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Pour caramel sauce over crackers. Using a spatula, spread so that all crackers are covered.
3. Bake for 6 minutes. As soon as you pull this out of the oven, pour an entire bag of chocolate chips on top. Let sit for 5 minutes.
4. Using a spatula, spread melted chocolate evenly over cracker/caramel mixture.
5. Let sit until completely cooled and hardened. Break into pieces and enjoy!

How easy is that folks? And it's SOOO good! Seriously. No wonder they call it crack.

I'm so glad that my epic kitchen failure turned into a delicious success!

Linking up with Live, Laugh, Rowe and Someday Crafts

Have you ever heard of or made "Christmas crack"? Any recent kitchen failures that you'd like to share with me?


  1. I had to switch from chocolate dipped cady canes to frosted candy canes because the chocolate wouldn't set due to the humidity. Have since learned you can add just a bit of cooking parafin to help candies "set".