Nana Recipe Wednesday–Soda Cracker Candy!

by Sarah on October 26, 2011

This is the face I made when I tried this crazy Soda Cracker Candy! It’s wild! It’s weird! It’s totally, completely addictive and is that perfect marriage of salty-sweet-chocolaty goodness!  I made it just for fun, I didn’t really expect it to taste that good.  As for Nana, Auntie Anne said that she hated having her picture taken and would often make this delightful expression for the camera.  Quite a personality, that Nana.

You probably have all these ingredients sitting around—I did.  That means you could make these tonight!

Notice the baking sheet lined with foil.  You’re going to want to do this, TRUST ME.  Also, all I had were pecans and walnuts in the house, but I suspect this would be tres fab if made with roasted, sliced almonds.

Line the soda crackers face-up on your lined baking sheet.  Use the salted kind if you have them.  It’s better.  That salt/sweet thing is my favorite.

Combine butter and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil—stirring constantly.

It gets quite puffy when it boils.

Pour the mixture over the crackers.

Use a heat-proof spatula or wooden utensil to spread the molten sugar lava over the crackers, getting all the way to the edges.

Then bake the lot in a 350* oven for 10 minutes.  The mixture will often get very bubbly and wants to boil over–so use a baking sheet with sides!

Now it’s time for the fun part!

You can really add whatever you want on there.  Everyone in this house has different likes/dislikes so I did a few different toppings.  2/3 of the pan got chocolate chips.

The whole pan got some roasted and chopped pecans, and half got some shredded coconut.

Then you just have to be very patient and let the whole thing cool and dry.  If you try to eat this now, you will likely burn the roof of your mouth really badly.  TRUST ME.

Eventually they will be ready.  Right when the sun goes down and you have no more natural light for your photographs.

These are a quick and easy treat for when you get a sweet tooth/chocolate jones.  I say go make some right now!

P.S.  I got that cool tray at the Hollywood Park garage sale—2 vintage 50’s era metal trays with the map of the U.S. for 25 cents.  Awesome!  I love the HP.

Nana's Soda Cracker Candy


  • Soda crackers, enough to line a baking sheet
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • To Garnish: Chocolate chips, coconut, roasted and chopped nuts or whatever else you'd like


  • Preheat oven to 350*. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lay crackers, top side up to cover baking sheet.
  • Combine the brown sugar and butter in a saucepan. Bring to a rapid boil, and stirring constantly, let boil for 3 minutes. Spread hot mixture over the saltines, using a heat-proof spatula to spread the mixture all the way to the edges. Bake for 10 minutes. It will be very bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and cover with chocolate chips and/or other toppings. Let cool completely.
  • When cold, crack into pieces.

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