The most popular recipe I have posted on Mad in Crafts is my Christmas Crack recipe. It’s no wonder. Once you have tried the Crack, you will understand. Over the years since I first posted the recipe, I have received numerous questions about it. I wanted to address those questions all in one place. Plus, my photography skills are markedly better now, and Christmas Crack deserves better than the “point & shoot with a flash” treatment I gave it back then!
Can I use margarine/coconut oil/something healthy instead of butter?
No. No. Just no. Even ignoring the fact that butter tastes better than the rest of those things, the recipe really will not work with any other fat. Just go with it. Be one with the butter.
My Crack isn’t crispy. It’s kind of sticky and chewy. What did I do wrong?
Either you didn’t use real butter (see above) or you didn’t fully boil the butter and brown sugar mixture. This is the only tricky part of making Crack. You have to bring the butter and brown sugar to a good boil and keep it there for THREE MINUTES. That is the magical amount of time to brown the butter and mix it with the sugar so beautiful Science things can happen that give it the toffee taste and crispy crunch. At the end of the three minutes, your butter/sugar concoction should look like this:
I have seen similar recipes that use saltines or graham crackers, can I replace the club crackers with those?
Yes, those are allowable substitutions. I made a s’mores version of Christmas Crack with graham crackers and marshmallows that was quite delicious.
Do I need to grease the aluminum foil so the Crack won’t stick?
I feel like you didn’t read the recipe. Go back and review the amount of butter used.
What’s the best way to crack the Crack?
There is no wrong way to crack the Crack, but there are a few tricks that can spare your finger muscles some strain. First, be sure to spread the chocolate chips evenly over the crackers. Any sections with an extra thick chocolaty layer will be especially hard to break. Second, try breaking the pieces along the “fault lines” in between crackers.
What is the nutritional information for Christmas Crack?
Don’t ask questions you don’t want the answer to.
What is the suggested serving size for Christmas Crack?
My husband eats it by the bowlful, but I don’t recommend that until you have a gall bladder of steel. A couple of pieces at a time is plenty.
I made Crack for one holiday party last year, and now people ask me to bring it to EVERYTHING. What do I do?
Buy stock in crackers?