Bacon Crack. A.K.A Bacon Saltine Cracker Candy. If you've never tried this you're missing out! Oh boy! The brown sugar against the saltiness of the bacon, and the combination with the caramel. Gosh!
This is an easy recipe, and well... simply delicious! In fact, it is one of our most popular candy recipes on Lovefoodies and always extremely popular over Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Great for taking along to parties, celebrations and gatherings.
We've got quite a few sweet snacks which are always popular. You can take a look at more of them here
This recipe has been generously shared by Cathy Kopp. Cathy's also kindly added a few notes and tips along the way so everyone can make this!
16-inch x 111-inch tray
1 & ½ sleeves saltine crackers
1 & ¼ cups unsalted butter
1 & ¼ cup light brown sugar
1 lb Bacon
1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a greased or sprayed rimmed baking sheet (16" x 11") and cover with foil or parchment so it also comes up the sides.
2. Chop the bacon into bits and cook in a pan until crispy. Drain on some kitchen paper, pat down to remove as much grease as possible, then set aside.
3. Put down a single layer of crackers to cover the pan
4. In a saucepan, add the sugar and butter and heat until it has all melted and begins to boil. Be careful because this mixture is HOT. Give it a stir and when the syrup is boiling, continue to boil for 3 full minutes.
5. After 3 minutes, pour the mixture, CAREFULLY (It is hot remember!) over the crackers and place in the oven for 5 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the bacon all over. Allow to completely cool then break in to pieces.
This photo shows a tray of bacon crack without the bacon! You can add some chopped nuts instead, or chocolate bits. Make it how you like!
We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our Bacon Crack recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!
Below, Cathy has made up some lovely Christmas gifts with her Bacon Crack and also her Joy Cookies. Wonderful!
Bacon Crack. A.K.A Bacon Saltine Cracker Candy. If you've never tried this you're missing out!
- 1 ½ sleeves saltine crackers
- 1 ¼ cups unsalted butter
- 1 ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 lb Bacon
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a greased or sprayed rimmed baking sheet (16" x 11") and cover with foil or parchment so it also comes up the sides.
- Chop the bacon into bits and cook in a pan until crispy. Drain on some kitchen paper and set aside.
- Put down a single layer of crackers to cover the pan
- In a saucepan, add the sugar and butter and heat until it has all melted and begins to boil. Be careful because this mixture is HOT. Give it a stir and when the syrup is boiling, continue to boil for 3 full minutes.
- After 3 minutes, pour the mixture, CAREFULLY (It is hot remember!) over the crackers and place in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle the bacon all over. Allow to completely cool then break in to pieces.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 40 Serving Size: 16 x 11 inch pan
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g
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Here's a selection of delicious Sweet Snacks for Christmas and Thanksgiving
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Mini Almond Pastries.
These Mini Almond Pastries have a deliciously smooth, sweet, almond paste filling and are wrapped in crispy, light puff pastry. Quick and easy to make, and perfect for a tea time treat.
Scotcheroos, an easy no-bake cereal bar similar to rice krispie treats. Peanut butter, chocolate & butterscotch with a chocolate butterscotch topping. A chewy, soft, and crispy treat
Easy Sesame Brown Sugar French Palmier Cookies, AKA Elephant Ears. These are a very easy to make crispy puff pastry cookie, filled with sesame seeds and brown sugar. Great for the holidays!
Pani Popo (Samoan Coconut Bread Rolls).
Pani Popo are deliciously soft, fluffy Samoan coconut bread buns, baked in a sweet and thick coconut sauce. Sticky soft bread rolls, ideal for breakfast, dessert or as a snack
Honey Bun Cupcakes are lovely and soft with great flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar and topped with a homemade honey buttercream frosting
Mini Donut Balls.
Delicious homemade mini donut balls, rolled in cinnamon and sugar, using a poolish starter to give tender and flavorful dough. Easy recipe and great for parties
Easy English Tiffin is a delicious no-bake British colonial recipe, made of chocolate, crushed cookies, syrup, and raisins, often served at English afternoon tea.
Easy Honey Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!
Honey Roasted Nuts, a delicious easy snack, perfect for parties and gifts too! Seasoned with honey and cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
Microwave Peanut Brittle. A super easy and fuss-free recipe. Perfect for the holidays and great for making ahead. Give as gifts or have all to yourself!
Easy Chocolate Truffles. Creamy, rich homemade chocolate truffles are easy to make and perfect for gifts.
Cappuccino Chocolate Truffles. Creamy, rich chocolate and coffee-flavored homemade truffles are easy to make and perfect for gifts.
Almond Pastries. A perfect treat to have with a cup of tea!
Orange Chocolate Truffles, luxuriously creamy and decadent, these are easy to make and perfect for gifts and parties!
Mini Homemade Pecan Pies. Delicious individual mini pies all made from scratch and super easy too
German Star Cookies, also known as Zimtsterne Cinnamon Cookies are a wonderful cookie for Christmas. They're crisp, chewy and spiced with all things nice! Naturally Gluten - Free too!
Coconut and Rum White Chocolate Truffles, luxuriously creamy and decadent, these are easy to make and perfect for gifts and parties!
Christmas Crack. If you've never tried this you're missing out! Really easy recipe and always a hit at home!
Irish Cream Chocolate Bark! A delicious chocolate treat loaded with cranberries, cookies and honey spiced nuts. Perfect for the holidays and great for gifts.
Cream Filled Brandy Snaps - A wonderful cookie type treat, oddly enough, with no brandy! One is never enough so be sure to make plenty!
Easy Chocolate Party Pretzels are a great snack made up of delicious crunchy salted pretzels and a variety of chocolate. Once you start eating these you can't stop!
Florentine Cookies are a wonderful cookie type treat, with delicious nuts & fruit and coated on one side with white or dark or milk chocolate. Easy recipe!
Salted Caramel Cashew Nut Popcorn.
A delicious combination of salt and caramel coating homemade popcorn. Easy recipe for popping corn
White Chocolate Peanut Clusters! These little chocolate bites are quick and easy to make. You can also add raisins, your favorite nuts, cranberries, whatever you like! You choose!
Nanny's Chocolate Nut Fudge. A tried and true family recipe and great for gifts! Use a cookie cutter to make pretty shapes too!
Homemade Lemon Mints are just like the famous Altoid mints, and have a curiously strong flavor. Easy and fun to make little candies!
Homemade Cinnamon Mints are just like the famous Altoid mints, and have a curiously strong flavor. Easy and fun to make little candies!
Could someone please tell me if there is a certain TEMPERATURE the sauce should be when pouring ? I’m making this tomorrow morning for a cookout, and I hate for it to go wrong and have wasted the money, plus have nothing.
Made this today and did not have success covering all the crackers. It did not pour. It came out in a set up form. Boiled as per directions. Was difficult to spread evenly over all the crackers.
I only boil mine for 1 minute before I pour it into the crackers. Carmel sets up after the Crackers cook in oven for 5 minutes. Just as long as the Crackers float (bubbles) the Carmel will set.
Amen. Good answer. God bless and keep up the good work.
Everything’s better with bacon. And this atheist is happy to call it Christmas Crack. The name is funny, festive, and descriptive. Relax, and eat more bacon.
I love Hawaiian crack seed! I can not imagine calling it anything else.
I made this and it was a sticky drippy mess. I tried it again and cooked the caramel a little longer but it set up either. Is it supposed to be like this? What did I do wrong? I’d really like to get it right before I try the bacon version.
Hi Susie, I’m so sorry to hear it didn’t turn out how it should. The only thing I can think of is that the caramel must be at a rolling boil and once it starts to boil, keep it boiling for a full 3 minutes. If you don;t get it hot enough, and for long enough, the caramel doesn’t set and then you end up with what you’re describing. I hope that helps and wishing you more success for the next time!
Thanks for writing in and please do let us know how your next one turns out. Hopefully it will be perfect!
How should the Bacon Crack and Christmas Crack be stored? How long can it be kept before going bad? I am wandering about this because I am going to make my other Christmas candy this weekend and wanted to know if this would still be ok for Christmas if I made it this weekend or should wait til closer. Thanks
The Bacon crack we would suggest refrigerating, and both should store for around a week. I think if you are able, to leave making it until a little closer to Christmas so it is nice and fresh.
Hope that helps!
If you make it an put them in jars for Christmas how long will it last?
Hi Marie, We suggest if you do make the Bacon Crack ahead, it should be refrigerated, then pop them in jars when you’re ready to give as gifts. The Christmas Crack recipe will store absolutely fine in jars without refrigeration for a week. Hope that helps!
Seriously. Maybe remove the word “Christmas” too to avoid offending non Christians? PLEASE.
Maybe none Christians shouldn’t look at this recipe if it offends them. Christianity is based on peace and honor and if people get offended bcus we stand for what we believe in. And America was founded on Christianity so if people get offended by that then they can go somewhere else. Leave this woman alone and keep your comments to yourself
I love your answer Jackie!! We should stand over our beliefs and if people get offended then leave!!!
Amen to that!!
In the original post, it is called Bacon Crack. Not sure why everyone gets all huffy. It’s a recipe forum, not a church, temple or mosque. America is founded on freedom. I can call it Christmas Crack, Hanukah Crack, Quanza Crack, Ramadan Crack. Or just plain bacon crack! Oh the beauty of living in America!!
If you’re not for them- you’re against them…..SMH!! Rather silly, of all things, the name of the dessert offends! Rename it to your own recipe book if it offends you but don’t expect everyone else to agree with you. It’s as simple as agreeing to disagree!!
“Nondenominational celebratory tailgate or weekday unhealthy snack for humans who are allowed or want to eat pork” seems like a great, albeit wordy alternative.
Seriously????????? It’s Christmastime. Christians celebrate Christmas. If that offends you, get off the blog.
AMEN!!! If they “clicked” on the recipe called “Christmas crack,” then they shouldn’t be offended by the name!
Amen! How can people be offended by Christians celebrating Christmas!! I am sick of trying to avoid stepping on toes. If you don’t like what is being said or discussed, MOVE ALONG!
You are on someone else’s site/blog asking them to change it? I’m just curious….since you don’t believe in Christmas….is it ok as a compromise, that they ask YOU to put a Christmas tree up in your home? I mean it’s only fair. Your asking someone to do something very personal. No one is asking you to change anything about yourself. Maybe if you look at it that way, which I doubt, but just maybe you will see how ridiculous it is to ask someone to change something of theirs.
Virginia…I really wanted to be rude and LOUD about that comment…but I LOVE your response!! Live and let live!…Happy New Year!!! Hope that doesn’t offend anyone…lol
As a non-christian, the name doesn’t offend me in the least bit. We pagans are a bit thicker skinned than our Christian friends..
The word “Christmas” used to have a more religious meaning but over the years it has become the most materialistic holiday in the world. Celebrate/pray to your God as you choose, that is your right. In turn please respect my right to worship or not, as I choose. Thank you.
Apparently not! It was obviously a non-Christian that asked for the removal of Christmas from the recipe.
Seriously. Change the name so as not to offend a non-Christian? Go whine someplace else. Don’t like the name, don’t make it. Call it something else if it comes from your kitchen. No one will care. Mercy – can’t you find something meaningful to squall about?
Seriously, I’m not sure why the Christian faith always has to defend itself. If you wanted to call this Jewish crack, Budha crack or Muslim crack ect., I truly would not be offended. I would look at the recipe and if it sounded good I would go with it.
Wow. The sense of entitlement is overwhelming. *YOU* need to change, so that *I* am not offended. Really? #youredoingitwrong
My personal desire is for people to stop using “crack” in the titles of recipes. My niece was addicted to it and it nearly ruined her life. Perhaps we could change the fashion to “heroin” or “marijuana” rather than crack. I know, that’s very sarcastic but I’m just trying to make a point. I’m not upset with you. I just want to spread my feelings when and where I can.
You only get to choose the words YOU use, not others.
Not my place to criticize anyone for their religious beliefs whether they are the same as mine or not. But how about everyone stop getting offended by every little thing. This name has Christmas in it, boohoohoo. This name has crack in it, whaaaaaaaa. How about this – who cares?!?! If you like the recipe then call it something else. Even better, if the name of the recipe offends you then don’t read the damn recipe! Go bother your family with your insecurities.
I wonder how these wld be if you used bacon flavored ritz crackers instead of saltines, I got a free box and was trying to figure out how to use them. Thoughts?
Hi Lisa, I say go for it! They are pretty similar in texture so I can’t see it wouldn’t work. In fact it sounds like a fab idea! let us know how it turns out :)
Hi Lisa, we have had some feedbacon on our Christmas Crack Recipe, where Rachel has used Ritz Crackers and she said it came out lovely! So you are good to go!
I make this same receipe for years, but it is called “Soda Brittle”. I use chocolate chips and chopped nuts as a topping. I like the idea of the Heath chips as wel. I will try the bacon also. Thanx.
Hi Cheryl, I love the sound of adding the nuts. (I’m a huge nut fan!).
Glad you like the recipe and thanks so much for sharing your ideas too!
Have a lovely weekend :)
Is it 1 llb of bacon? or 1/? There is a slash, so wanted to check if was not the entire pound…Thank you!
Hi Amy, it is 1 pound of bacon. It was a typo on my part, so sorry for the confusion. I’ve amended the recipe so it reads correct! Thanks so much for pointing it out. Much appreciated!
That is a lot of butter…will it harden up while cooling?
Hi Natalie, the butter is used to make the caramel in the saucepan, so yes, it will firm up, but not as butter, but as caramel. (It is the brown color you see in the photo). the main thing you must do to avoid it being greasy is to drain the bacon and pat dry with some kitchen paper, then it will be perfect, but don;t worry about the butter, it is one of the main ingredients when you make caramel. Hope this helps!
Does this need to be refrigerated?
Hi Janet, It needs to be able to cool so it can set. If you live in a cool country then you can leave it out on the table to set, (although it will take longer than in the fridge).
Hope that helps!
My husband calls it plumber’s crack. Lol Just sayin. Get over all this nonsense.