Cracker Candy (also known as Christmas Crack) is one of those things I didn’t discover until adulthood. Then, of course, I’m like “where has this been all my life?” There are three things about Cracker Candy that make it perfect: 1) it’s cheap and easy to make, 2) you can top it with any kind of nut, seed or garnish you desire and 3) it’s pretty darn delicious. Need I say more?
Typically, when I bake something I try to get it out of the house as fast as possible. I’m pawning off cookies, cupcakes, loaves of bread and half-eaten tested pie every other day. I’m not sure whether the neighbors hate me or love me…. However, this cracker candy remains in my fridge. It’s hard to give it away when it just hits the spot after a very long week.
I had given myself a ton of credit for getting the holiday cards ordered before December 1. That’s a record for me. I even got about 80% of them addressed. So, I headed to the post office to pick up holiday stamps. A sign on the door read: “temporarily out of stamps.” I didn’t worry, however, since I am so far ahead of schedule. So, I went next door for my next errand. Friday groceries. Friday groceries are those staples that just get you through the weekend – bread, milk, eggs, some fruit and a box or two of cereal. I had six things on my list. The grocery store was out of four items. They did not have the bread my kids like or the milk they drink. I took a deep breath because it wasn’t even noon, so I was ahead of schedule.
My last stop was to the bookstore. I wanted to pick up a gift book for a friend and I knew just what I needed – I had done the research in advance and just had to pick it up. When I asked the clerk if she could point me to it, she typed the title into the computer and said: “I’m so sorry. It looks like we’re out of stock on that title.”
Clearly this was a day I should have just stayed in bed. But, that’s what cracker candy is for. I got home and treated myself to one gorgeous piece (OK, maybe I had two) and the world was alright once again. Hooray!
Vegan Cracker Candy
- 1 sleeve about 40 saltine crackers
- 1 cup coconut oil spread I used Melt brand
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips I used Enjoy Life brand
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
Line a standard baking sheet with foil (including up the sides).
Line crackers up end to end in a single layer on the baking sheet. Don’t worry about filling the gaps all the way to the edges.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil spread and the brown sugar while whisking constantly.
Pour the mixture evenly atop your crackers.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake 5 minutes.
Turn the oven off and remove the baking sheet carefully.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips across the top of the crackers and return the pan to the oven for another 5 minutes.
Remove the pan. Using a spatula or the back of a spoon, spread the chocolate so you can’t see any more of the crackers.
Top with the chopped walnuts then with the coconut.
Place the pan into the fridge until the chocolate has set (about 3 hours).
Lift the foil out of the pan and place on a sturdy cutting board. Cut or break the bark into desired sizes and shapes.
Store the cracker candy in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.