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Topic: Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!"  (Read 139823 times)
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« Reply #100 on: December 21, 2009 03:48:59 PM »

Ok, so I just made this and it's DELICIOUS! However, I guess my pan size was wrong, because there wasn't quite enough caramel to cover the crackers.... hummm.

ALSO! If you have a candy thermometer, you can just continue to boil the caramel right in the pot up to 300 degrees and then pour it over the crackers. If you do it this way, you won't have to put it in the oven and will have greater control over the temperature of the sugar mixture and thus it's crackability!
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« Reply #101 on: December 22, 2009 12:16:31 PM »

I am making this today!

And the funny thing is... my fiance make electronic music, he is working on a Christmas ep during the holidays called "What is Christmas Crack?" and it has been a large scale, three week debate on what Christmas crack is. You solved the mystery!
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« Reply #102 on: December 22, 2009 12:28:17 PM »

That's funny so.breathless!

I'm about to make two more batches, some for us and some to take to work. So, my brother was kinda complaining that he didn't like the saltine cracker base (this didn't stop him from eating almost an entire batch mind you!) and part of that could have been that we used too big of a pan with extra crackers so the layers were thinner than they should have been. And I kinda like the salty crackers, it is a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of the rest of it.

But, I  was wondering if graham crackers might make a nice base for this too. Anybody tried that? I don't think I have any right now, or else I would try it with one of these batches.
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« Reply #103 on: December 22, 2009 07:39:00 PM »

OMG I've made this a couple of times now... the first time it didn't make it past two days.  The second time I made it to give as gifts, but the toffee part would not harden.  It's kind of soft and sticky.  Don't get me wrong it still taste AMAZING, it just doesn't break up very nicely.  Any idea what I'm doing wrong?  Should I put more sugar or something?  Boil it longer?
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« Reply #104 on: December 22, 2009 08:08:31 PM »

Just made some crack, along with 18 cups of Muddy Buddies for my family's side Christmas tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #105 on: December 22, 2009 08:56:31 PM »

Ooh muddy buddies!

FYI, the graham cracker base ones are super yummy! I think cooking them longer definitely helps, my first batch I cooked a little too long (both on the stove and in the oven) and these batches the toffee part is definitely softer and I cooked it just for the time specified.
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« Reply #106 on: December 22, 2009 09:10:09 PM »

OMG I've made this a couple of times now... the first time it didn't make it past two days.  The second time I made it to give as gifts, but the toffee part would not harden.  It's kind of soft and sticky.  Don't get me wrong it still taste AMAZING, it just doesn't break up very nicely.  Any idea what I'm doing wrong?  Should I put more sugar or something?  Boil it longer?

I ran into the same problem. I haven't fixed it yet, but I'm going to buy a candy thermometer and make sure the toffee is hitting the right temperature. The toffee isn't "setting" right which makes it gooey when it's supposed to harden. I tried boiling for 2 min longer and baking for an extra 3 and that helped along the edges but the center was still gooey mess.
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« Reply #107 on: December 22, 2009 09:48:15 PM »

Sounds yummy. I'm going to try this tomorrow!!
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« Reply #108 on: December 23, 2009 07:08:33 AM »

1/2 my office was on crack yesterday and couldn't have been happier Smiley
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« Reply #109 on: December 23, 2009 07:54:12 AM »

OMG I've made this a couple of times now... the first time it didn't make it past two days.  The second time I made it to give as gifts, but the toffee part would not harden.  It's kind of soft and sticky.  Don't get me wrong it still taste AMAZING, it just doesn't break up very nicely.  Any idea what I'm doing wrong?  Should I put more sugar or something?  Boil it longer?

You don't need more sugar.  The ratio is fine as it is.  I would boil it another minute or two, and leave it in the oven maybe a minute longer.
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