Last weekend Carson, my oldest, went fishing with his friend, Wayne. Wayne invites Carson to do different things with him quite often. I always ask what Carson can bring . Wayne’s answer is always the same, “Soda Cracker Candy”. I’m always glad that’s what Wayne wants me to bring because it is super easy to make. It is inexpensive. Besides that I cannot stay out of the stuff. I have realized that I must make it when I am planning to give most of it away. Or else I might as well tape it to my thighs!
Carson helped me make the candy. They had a very adventurous fishing trip. They had planned to leave early on Friday morning and fish all that day, spend the night in a sheep camp. And fish all day Saturday. Carson’s friend picked him up at about 5:00 a.m. and immediately asked where the Soda Cracker Candy was. Carson took it out of his bag and they started eating it. They headed to the mountains for a fun-filled weekend. On the way up the mountain their sheep camp and boat trailer came unhitched from the pickup. The sheep camp and the boat trailer rolled down a hill and into the river. All of their camping and fishing stuff was in the sheep camp, in the river.
At that point I would have loaded the kids up and told them it must not be meant to be, and gone home. Wayne’s grandpa told them they would just go home, get new fishing stuff, a different boat trailer and go again. Wayne was glad they didn’t leave the Soda Cracker Candy in Carson’s bag, which is now in the river. Carson was most worried about Wayne’s Grandmas homemade chili, Carson thinks it was the most valuable thing lost in the sheep camp. It too is floating around in the river. The boys eventually made it to the river, slept in a hotel and had a great time. Carson is lucky to have such a great friend! By the way, this isn’t a big fishing lie! It’s the truth!!
Anyway, here is the coveted Soda Cracker Candy recipe. It really is that good!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slowly melt and bring butter and brown sugar to a boil over medium heat.
Stir constantly until the butter and brown sugar are gently boiling. Once it’s at a gentle, yet full, boil…remove spoon and continue to boil for exactly 3 minutes.
While sauce is boiling, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Line baking sheet with saltine crackers, salt side up.
Carson decided that we shouldn’t leave a little blank space at the end and filled it up with graham crackers. If you want to fill it up with graham crackers, go for it. But it’s really not necessary.
After three minutes of boiling sauce, remove it from the heat. Pour it evenly over saltine crackers. Be sure to pour it in a frowny face! Carson was so proud of himself for drawing something with the caramel sauce.
Use the back of a spoon to spread if needed.
Bake for 5 minutes.
As soon as you remove candy from the oven, sprinkle with semi-sweet chocolate chips. In my professional opinion, we should have used more chips. But I always vote to use more chocolate chips.
Let the chips set for a few minutes. They will get nice and warm and melted. Use the back of a spoon to spread.
If you want, you can sprinkle chopped walnuts or almonds on top.
Cool completely. If you have any leftovers, store in a cool place.
- 1 cup butter (no substitutes)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1-2 sleeves soda crackers
- 1-2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Walnuts or almonds, finely chopped (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil, dull side up.
- Place soda crackers on foil so they are touching.
- Over medium-low heat melt butter and brown sugar. Stir constantly until it reaches a full, gently boil.
- Once it boils, remove spoon and boil for exactly 3 minutes.
- Pour sauce evenly over soda crackers. Use back of spoon to spread if needed.
- Bake for 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Let rest for about 5 minutes until chocolate chips are melted. Spread with the back of a spoon.
- Add walnuts or almonds if desired.
- Let cool completely.
- Break into pieces.