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White Trash Toffee Is the Easiest Candy You'll Make This Holiday Season

I first learned of white trash toffee, as it's called (no, I didn't make up the name!), many years ago when a former co-worker brought some in to the office and I couldn't stop putting it in my mouth. When I got my hands on the recipe, which came from her sister-in-law, I was shocked by how fast, easy, and inexpensive it is to put together — and I haven't stopped making it since.

If you have 15 minutes and any manner of chocolate, sugar, nuts, and crisp white cracker on hand, then you are ready to make this addictive homemade gift. The trick is to work very quickly (be prepared for a little bit of a mess!) and keep your eyes peeled to the toffee as it comes together. Feel free to modify it using your favorite chocolate and toppings. Psyched to make the easiest holiday edible ever? Then see the recipe.

White Trash Toffee

White Trash Toffee

Easy, Affordable, 15-Minute Recipe for Shortcut Toffee Bark


40 saltine crackers
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup unsalted butter
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place the saltines side by side on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  3. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the butter and sugar just to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes, until thicker, but not until it becomes caramel.
  4. Pour butter and sugar mixture over saltines, and place in oven for 3 minutes, or until very bubbly.
  5. Sprinkle chocolate chips all over the saltine mess, and place back in the oven for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from the oven. Using an offset spatula, spread chocolate evenly over the saltines. Sprinkle lightly with chopped almonds.
  7. Allow to cool. Place cookie sheet in freezer for about an hour to set. Once hardened, remove and break into rustic pieces.

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lawchick lawchick 6 years
Made it this weekend exactly according to the directions and it was PERFECT!!! Can't imagine making it without a good nonstick cookie sheet, though.
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 6 years
gahh. i made this the other day and it was perfect! yet today i doubled the recipe and cooked it for too long...making caramel :( i now have two pans of toffee stuck to the pan in the freezer...sighh...
Wendyavip Wendyavip 6 years
I made this before I went to work today,and when I came home to break it up into peices it was all stuck to the pan , it looks more like crumble mess . I know I can't bake but I tought I can't mess this up... Help please I have enough stuff to make at least 4 more pans. thanks W
Jinx Jinx 6 years
I saw Rachel Ray talking about White Trash last week. Thanks for posting!
suziryder suziryder 6 years
I've never heard this called white trash toffee either. I've had a version of this made with matzo - so yummy!! I'm going to make this for the first time this year, to bring to my in-laws' house for Christmas. I'm sure everyone will love it! :D
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 6 years
So good and so easy! :drool: This post reminds me it is time to make microwave nut brittle and this yummy treat today. :)
U2forlife U2forlife 6 years
I make a s'mores version of this using graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate chips. It takes about 10 mins and is A.MAZING.
rainydaybleus rainydaybleus 6 years
I've NEVER heard it called "white trash toffee". Always cracker or saltine cracker toffee. Good idea on the graham crackers, that sounds delish!
edeliz edeliz 6 years
Thanks for the recipe, this is holiday baking weekend and I was looking for something new and easy.
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 6 years
This stuff is good. We usually make it with graham crackers, but not chocolate chips.
AnnieAreYouOhK AnnieAreYouOhK 6 years
This is sooooooo good, but my siblings and myself call it "Christmas Crack".
partysugar partysugar 6 years
I just had a bite of this. It's amazing!
jessvogel85 jessvogel85 6 years
I just made this last night! It's so freaking good!
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