I love this stuff with all my heart. It is a bit dangerous. Addictive, really…..and that is why I will probably only make it at Christmas time.
I was reading an article the other day about what people really remember about Christmases past. The things that stood out aren’t singular memories or gifts, but rather the things that they do every year. Kids recall the time spent decorating gingerbread houses with Grandma or making cookies with their mom. They remember cutting down the Christmas tree in the snow with their dad or singing carols at midnight in a candle lit church year after year. This is why traditions are so important.
So while we are all rushing around shopping and racing from one activity to another, we can’t forget to keep or make some traditions. Take time to do some of the same things every single year. That is what people will remember. I always think about that with my kids. What things will they remember about their childhood when they get older? What memories will they have of the Christmas season and which ones are we making for them?
For me, I think it is important to make some of the same foods every year at Christmas. I always remember a few different cookies like these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars that my mom made or her cutout or candy cane cookies (which I will share in a few days.) I had a Great Aunt and Uncle that visited us ever year at Christmas and the one distinct memory I have is waiting for them to arrive and my Aunt bringing a big basket of her popcorn balls. What a treat! My mother-in-law always makes egg nog at Christmas and I can’t wait to have some this year.
So whether you make this absolutely amazing Saltine Toffee Bark or chop down a tree in the middle of the forest, don’t forget to take some time to make some memories this holiday season.
Note: The recipe calls for toffee bits sprinkled on top, but you could always substitute chopped almonds or pecans. Crushed peppermint would look festive or so would a drizzle of white chocolate with some red sprinkles.
Source: Taste of Home
- 40 saltines
- 1 cup butter, cubed
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 package (8 ounces) milk chocolate English toffee bits
- Line a baking sheet with heavy duty foil
- Arrange the saltines in a single layer on foil (they should be right next to each other)
- In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in
- sugar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until sugar
- is completely dissolved. Pour evenly over crackers.
- Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until bubbly. Immediately
- sprinkle with chocolate chips. Allow chips to soften for a few
- minutes, then spread over top.
- Sprinkle with toffee bits. Cool.
- Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set. Break into pieces.