Toffee, the crunchy, buttery-flavored candy, evolved from another 19th-century English confection, taffy, which was made by cooking molasses or sugar with butter. Toffee makers often added a bit of flour and some nuts to their recipes. Toffee bar recipes layer toffee with other ingredients such as chocolate and nuts.
Toffee Bars With Saltines Recipes
Several toffee bar recipes using saltine crackers can be found online. At Cooks.com, the recipe simply calls for saltine crackers, sugar, butter and chocolate chips. After lining a jelly roll pan with foil, cover the bottom of the pan with saltine crackers. Boil 1 cup of sugar and two sticks of butter together until blended and pour the hot mixture over the crackers. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 10 minutes and immediately top with 12 oz. chocolate chips. Allow to cool completely before serving. This recipe makes 24 servings.
Another recipe at All Recipes uses brown sugar instead of granulated sugar and recommends adding the chocolate chips before the candy is completely done baking.
Saltine crackers contain about 13 calories each and butter contains about 810 calories in one stick. Granulated sugar contains about 774 calories and brown sugar contains about 829 calories in 1 cup. Chocolate chips add another 1,584 calories for 12 oz. If you are using the brown sugar recipe and make 24 bars, each toffee bar contains about 220 calories, 13.2 grams of fat, 21 mg of cholesterol, 235 mg of sodium and 26.1 g of carbohydrates. Additionally, you get 1.7 g of protein and 1.2 g of dietary fiber in each bar.
While making toffee bars with saltines is relatively easy, the cooked toffee mixture is very hot. Be very careful when cooking and pouring the mixture over the crackers since it is very sticky and hardens quickly. The pan can also become very hot after the mixture has been poured. Use an oven mitt and always have an adult present when making toffee or other cooked candy.
The longer you cook the butter/sugar mixture, the crunchier the toffee will be. If you don't cook it long enough, it will be chewier, like caramel. This mixture can burn easily if cooked even a minute too long.
Some toffee bar recipes omit the crackers altogether. Omitting the crackers makes a crunchier bar. Some cooks use a microwave oven to cook the toffee mixture. Make sure to cook for shorter periods and stir often when using a microwave. Many recipes suggest sprinkling chopped almonds or walnuts over the melted chocolate. Nuts add calories, fat and protein.
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