Satisfying the Sweet Tooth

Sometimes, I really crave something sweet. I don't have what I'd call an impressive sweet tooth, but there are times when I'd like something to pair with my afternoon coffee or tea. Rather than run off to the bakery or candy shop, I prefer to put something together in my kitchen just after lunch so I've got something on hand when the mood strikes later in the afternoon.

The recipe below is my answer to a craving for toffee. Normally, an hours-long process that takes a lot of hands-on work, this simple candy allows you to cheat a bit and get a lot of the traditional toffee flavor without all of the time and fuss. I'm also a fan of it because the entire recipe consists of just four ingredients. As a result, I tend to have those on hand so I can whip up a batch at a moment's notice. I hope you find it to be a go-to recipe for you as well.

Quick Toffee Bark

  • Saltines
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with non-stick foil and spray with cooking spray. Line with one layer of the saltines, leaving no space between the crackers. In a pot, add the butter and brown sugar and heat on medium-high heat until boiling. Once its boiling, remove the pot from the heat and evenly pour over the saltines. Bake for about 5 minutes until the toffee is boiling all over. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the toffee. Let them sit for a minute until they are melted. With a knife, spread the chocolate evenly over the toffee. Put the toffee in the refrigerator and let it cool for 30 minutes, or while the chocolate is still soft, you can sprinkle some of the following: crushed pretzels, sprinkles, nuts, then refrigerate the toffee. Once set, break into pieces and store in an air tight container.
  • Yields: 12-14 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes