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Healthier Christmas Crackle

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Written by Abby

Christmas Crackle is an irresistible buttery holiday treat made with saltine crackers, date toffee sauce, & chocolate. Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Option. 
When it comes to holiday treats, we can never get enough 😋 and we love teaming up with our friends Georgia Grinders to bring you healthier versions of classic favorites for this holiday season, like Christmas Crackle🎄🍫✨This salty-sweet classic goes by many other names like Saltine Toffee, Christmas Crunch, Christmas Crack, but whatever you call it, it's a decadent treat of saltine crackers coated in a toffee layer and topped with chocolate. 
Of course we added a little twist on this classic, besides making it vegan and refined sugar-free--a creamy peanut butter date layer made with Georgia Grinders peanut butter and Joolies date syrup to create an even more indulgent candy😍The saltiness of the saltine crackers and peanut butter balances out the sweetness of the date toffee perfectly. Don't worry if you're not a candy maker, this date recipe is easy peasy and takes less than 35 minutes to whip up. Plus it also makes a great homemade gift for friends, family, teachers/mentors, or neighbors. 

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Ingredients you'll need:

    1. Georgia Grinders Creamy Peanut Butter
      • Our most important ingredient! We recommend using  Georgia Grinders Creamy Peanut Butter which has no added sugars, oils, preservatives, etc. Just made with Georgia grown peanuts and a dash of sea salt 🥜
    2. Joolies Medjool Date Syrup
    3. Saltine Crackers
      • This is the our base! Feel free to swap the saltines for Ritz crackers, graham crackers, or cracker 
    4. Vegan Butter
      • This is an important ingredient when making the toffee layer, for a buttery and rich flavor. 
    5. Coconut Sugar
      • A granular sugar is needed to create the desired toffee consistency, so we went with a coconut sugar to keep it refined sugar-free. 
    6. Chocolate Chips 

Optional Ingredients:

  • Sprinkles
    • To give this candy some holiday vibes, sprinkle some red, green, and/or white sprinkles on top. 
  • Chopped nuts
    • These add a great nutty flavor with a little extra crunch. We recommend chopped peanuts, or pecans. 
  • Crushed Candy
    • Crush up some graham crackers, Oreos, or festive M&M's. Really whatever candy your heart desires🍫
If you make this holiday treat, be sure to tag us on Instagram and Pinterest so we can see all your date-able recreations! And you can always comment below! 

Other Holiday Treats You'll love:

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Healthier Christmas Crackle

Vegan, Refined sugar-free, Gluten-Free option

  • prep time: 35 minutes
  • chill time: 2+ hours
  • total time: 2.5+ hours
Servings: 12
  • 35-40 Saltine crackers (can use gluten-free if needed; any crackers work)
  • Festive sprinkles and candy
Bottom Layer
Middle Layer
Top Layer
  • 2 cups dairy free chocolate chips 
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out the Saltine crackers into lines.
  2. Put all of the ingredients for the bottom layer into a saucepan and put on medium-low heat. Stir frequently until everything is melted. Allow everything to come to a boil, while still stirring frequently. Once everything begins boiling, let it boil for 3 minutes without touching. Remove from the pan after three minutes and spread evenly on top of the crackers.
  3. Put the toffee covered crackers into the oven for five minutes.
  4. Remove the toffee covered crackers from the oven and let sit in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool.
  5. While cooling, put the peanut butter and date syrup in a bowl in the oven for 30 seconds.
  6. Remove toffee covered crackers from the fridge and spread the melted peanut butter and date syrup mixture on top of the toffee.
  7. Pour the chocolate chips on top of the peanut butter layer and add back into the oven for around 1 minute.
  8. Remove baking sheet from oven and spread melted chocolate evenly over the crackers. Add your festive toppings, candies, etc.
  9. Place baking sheet in the fridge to harden for around 2 hours. Take out, crack everything into pieces and ENJOY!

Store in an air tight container in fridge to keep chocolate hardened.