Heath Bar Brickle or “Christmas Crack”

How to make Heath bar brickle

Barks of any kind are a great choice for holiday gifts or for serving at family gatherings.  They don’t take much time at all, there are hundreds of different varieties, and they are oh so delicious. Here’s a fantastic recipe that I’ve been using for several years.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.  Here’s a few step-by-step photos, though this is such a simple recipe that I doubt you’ll need them (the final printable recipe can be found at the bottom)

How to make Heath bar brickle
Preheat oven to 400F and while it’s heating, line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and spread 1 sleeve of saltine crackers in a single layer on top of the foil.  I made a double batch.  Well, more like 1 3/4 batch because my second cookie sheet was smaller)

How to make Heath bar brickle
Melt some butter in a sauce pan, and then add brown sugar.

How to make Heath bar brickle
Bring it to a boil and allow to cook for 3-5 minutes.

How to make Heath bar brickle
Pour caramel over the saltines and gently spread with a non-stick spatula.  Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 5-8 minutes until the caramel is hot and bubbly.

How to make Heath bar brickle
Remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and allow them to sit for 3-5 minutes.  They’ll start to get soft but will retain their shape.

How to make Heath bar brickle
Use a nonstick spatula to spread the chocolate into a single layer, and top with Heath bar pieces.  Place the pans into the freezer for 3-4 hours.   Once frozen, turn them over, remove the foil and break into pieces.  These can be stored at room temperature but if the chocolate begins to soften, they can also be stored in the refrigerator.

Recipe for holiday Brickle, aka CHRISTMAS CRACK!
The saltiness of the crackers is a delicious addition to the chocolate and caramel.  You can experiment with your toppings if you don’t want to use Heath bars – any kind of chopped nuts would be delicious as well.

Heath Bar Brickle or "Christmas Crack"
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Serves: 1 pan
Ingredients
  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers (about 40 crackers)
  • 1 bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 5-6 heath bars, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil and cover it with a single layer of saltine crackers.
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter and sugar together. Bring to boil then let cook for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Pour hot caramel over the saltines and place the pan in the oven for 5-8 minutes until caramel is hot and bubbly.
  5. Remove pan from oven and immediately cover the top with chocolate chips. Let set for 3-5 minutes so the chocolate begins to melt.
  6. Use a nonstick spatula to spread the chocolate into a single layer and then top with crushed Heath bars.
  7. Place pan in freezer for several hours until set.
  8. Turn pan over and carefully remove the foil. Break the bark into pieces.
  9. Can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator if chocolate gets too soft.

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Recipe for holiday Brickle, aka CHRISTMAS CRACK!

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