Fat Tuesday: Chocolate Bacon Cracker Crack

It’s that time again! FAT TUESDAY! today I am completing my three part series. Now you’ve got the tools to put together a sweet themed bacon bar for your next brunch… hell, let’s be real, it’s for any gathering! Here we have a variation on a classic southern “toffee”. It’s not actually toffee per se, but the way the butter and sugar kind of candy the crackers, is like white trash magic in a pan. I will refer to this as Bacon Crack, and once you’ve tasted it, you’ll know why.
 
You will need the following:

Approximately 35 saltine crackers

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/8 cup maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

one 12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips 

6 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line a standard cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray it very well with cooking spray. Do not try to make this without using foil; you will hate yourself.
  2. Place saltine crackers in a single layer, covering the bottom of the pan.
  3. In a saucepan on the stovetop, combine butter, syrup and sugar and bring to a boil while stirring constantly.  Once you’ve reached a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir frequently and avoid scorching. 
  4. Once slightly thickened, remove from the heat, wait 30 seconds, add the vanilla extract and stir.
  5. Pour mixture over the prepared pan with the saltine crackers.
  6. Bake in for 5- 7 minutes, or until toffee/liquid becomes bubbly.
  7. After removing the pan from the oven, let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips and crumbled bacon. Wait 3 to 5 minutes, letting the chips soften and begin to melt. Once soft, spread chocolate and bacon evenly over crackers.
  9. Let cool until hardened.  Break into pieces the size of your choice. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 4 months. 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Peggy Gordon says:

    Sure would like to save some of your recipes. Very interesting. I used to have the one with saltines. Except with slivered almonds. Got my jars last weekend:)

    1. jennyfaye13 says:

      They’re saved! Right here, whenever you need them 🙂

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