Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Candy Creations for Dummies

Candy Creations... for dummies! Why I say dummies you ask? Because it was so utterly simple!!! Anyone who is looking for simple, easy gift ideas I'm telling you - Make some fudge and some delicious Saltine Toffee!  Today AC came over and we made a wonderful creation.  This was a very successful test run :)

Step One - Go to the grocery store and buy these 4 ingredients. 
  1. Box of Saltine Crackers
  2. Butter*
  3. Milk Chocolate Chips
  4. Brown Sugar (if you have brown sugar in your cabinet, please check it prior to going to the grocery store. Or else this may lead to a second trip since the brown sugar was hard as a rock) 
 Step Two - Go back to the grocery store to buy the ingredients you had - that you did not check first ;)

Step Three - Yay! The actual cooking!
1.      Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
2.      Arrange crackers in a layer on a greased baking sheet.** 
3.      In a small sauce pan heat 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 stick of butter. To a rolling boil.***

4.      This step was scary – pour the BOILING sugar liquid onto the saltine crackers (without burning yourself – I’m happy to say I was successful)
5.      At this step I got slightly confused because it did not spread very easily or coat all the crackers. HOWEVER – the recipe does not lie! It will spread out in the oven. So….
6.      ....Bake in the oven for 5 minutes....and....
7.      ....Be amazed that the toffee is actually moving over all of the crackers in the oven!
8.      Carefully take out of the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
9.      Watch the crackers mysteriously move on the pan.****
10.  Drop chocolate chips onto crackers.
11.  Let chocolate melt and then spread - it spreads very easily and smoothly. 
12.  Sprinkle extra crumbled up cracker bits on top!

Step Four: Place in the fridge to cool for a ½ hour

Step Five: Smash into smaller pieces – Perhaps using a safer method than I choose to use.

Step Six: ENJOY!!! 

QUESTIONS?? I came across:
*Does it matter if the butter is salted or unsalted?  This was one of the many questions I asked today.
**My second question - does it matter if the top or bottom of the saltine cracker  is face up?? I decided to have the top facing up. It seemed scientifically correct when I thought about it real hard.
*** Question #3 – What exactly is a rolling boil?? I learned that it is when the butter and sugar gets very very bubbly.
****Did that REALLY just happen??? How did those crackers move on their own? The force of toffee is a strong one yes?
  • AC also had the question - who knew that toffee was actually just brown sugar and butter melted?? Hmm? Not us - that's for sure. 

You think this is easy – wait to you hear about the amazing fudge recipe that involves a microwave and a refrigerator.....


  1. I'm totally stealing the knife picture to warn people how dangerous you are!

  2. hahahaha I am quite dangerous.

  3. OMG!! You are tooo funny, Hun!! I love you! xoxo