Saturday, December 24, 2011

Chocolate Caramel Crunch

Merry Christmas eve!!! And Merry Christmas as I won't be posting tomorrow. Hope you all have a wonderful time with family, friends and delicious food. :)

A snowman ornament I made this year.

Before I started my new job, I tried to write up a ton of blog posts since I have so many things I haven't blogged about. Which is how I've been updating my blog so frequently despite my great lack of free time! It's nice to just have them all ready. But I've been sneaking in some Christmas goodies so that you won't be seeing them in January when you're sick of them! Well I always love seeing Christmas baking and don't get sick of it but I imagine there are people who do, or who make resolutions to stop eating Christmas goodies after eating so many over the holidays. Anyway!

So here is one of the delicious things I made this here. I've wanted to make this since I first saw it on David Lebovitz's blog, then saw it on everybody likes sandwiches, then on Dinner with Julie. Finally it's on my blog! I like making at least one bark/candy type thing at Christmas. This one is super easy. You make caramel (but in a really easy way without a candy thermometer), pour it on top of crackers, bake, then top with chocolate. Next time I'll get the salted soda crackers because I love that salty sweet combination. It might sound bizarre to include crackers in this bark, but the caramel completely soaks into them. So they're more like a vessel for the caramel and to help add the crunch.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Chocolate Cookie Bark
Candy Cane Bark
Peanut Butter Truffles
Quintuple Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Caramel Crunch
Adapted from Dinner with Julie, everybody likes sandwiches and David Lebovitz

I bought the crackers with unsalted tops this time, but next time will buy the salted ones.

Box of soda crackers (I used Premium Plus)
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed golden brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate

Preheat the oven to 375F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Line the pan with crackers.

In a medium saucepan, bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour evenly over the crackers, spreading it with a heatproof spatula to cover.

Put it into the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 350F. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until deep golden. Remove from the oven and scatter with chocolate chips; let sit until they soften, then spread evenly over the caramel.

Let cool completely, then break into chunks, or cut/score into squares while still warm. I found that it broke really easily into perfect squares (because each piece is a soda cracker).


Amy said...

This looks like a great holiday treat. I bet it's very addicting!

Sasha Mitchell said...

These look amazing! Do you think they can be made with gluten free crackers?

Joanne said...

Merry Christmas chica! I'm with you...I never tire of Christmas treats. And I do love me some sweet and salty...this sounds perfect for a new year's party!

Shaheen said...

Merry Christmas to you. Loving the snowman on the tree.

eatme_delicious said...

Sasha Mitchell: I don't see why not. :)

Ricki said...

Merry Christmas, Ashley! Hope you had a wonderful, happy and delicious holiday. :)

Johanna GGG said...

Hope you had a lovely christmas - these caramels sounds interesting - I thought it a bit weird to include the crackers until you said the caramel soaks in and now I am really curious - must try it

XL @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Yum! caramel and chocolate are always a great pairing.

kimberleyblue said...

I made this for my xmas work party...everyone is always amazed with how little work it is for such a great dessert.