Friday, May 6, 2011

Tacky Toffee

I first had this saltine toffee treat at a cookie exchange hosted by my moms' group in December 2009. I've written about it twice and I thought for sure that I had shared the recipe before. I can't find any reference to it in the archives though, so I thought I'd share it now.

When I first learned about the cookies/candies, they were called "Trailer Trash Toffee." I'm sure no one means anything by this but I really don't like that term, so I'm changing it. (I find the terms "trailer trash" and "white trash" pretty offensive, so I'm not going to use them.) I've also seen it referred to as "Ghetto Fabulous." I'm just call it Saltine Cracker Toffee or maybe Tacky Toffee.

I've written about this toffee twice before. I really thought I had shared the recipe somewhere!

Tacky Toffee

2 sticks butter (must be butter)
1 cup brown sugar
1 stack Saltine crackers
1 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips (I always use Nestle)
pecans to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a jellyroll pan (or sheet pan) with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Line bottom of pan with saltines.
Melt butter in saucepan with brown sugar. Bring to boil. Allow mixture to boil, stirring often, for 3 minutes.

Pour over the saltines, making sure to get it spread fairly evenly. Bake for 6-8 minutes.

Remove pan from oven, and cover saltines evenly with chocolate chips. If they are not melting well, place pan back in turned off oven for a minute or so. Spread the chocolate as evenly as possible, and then sprinkle on the pecans.

According to some of the recipes I read online, matzoh or graham crackers can also be used instead of saltines. In that case, though, I think a little sea salt would absolutely be necessary. And too wonderful for words.

I seriously can't make this very often because I will eat the entire pan in 2 days. I try to only make it if I'm going to a party or I've been very good on my diet. I try not to think about it too much if I can help it, to be honest. The crunchy, salty sweet combo can't be beat.

I can't believe I don't have a photo of the finished product. I can't bring myself to make it right now just for a photo though. I'll make sure to post a picture next time. It's really pretty.

(And, no, I don't share this with Monkey Georgia or her Daddy. They don't like nuts. It's a sacrifice I have to make.)

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