Need something really really good to bring to a party and can’t bake to save your life? Do this.
This recipe is for Mock Skor Bars or otherwise known as their non name brand Saltine Toffee Candy. My husbands cousin made these for family get togethers and every time I tried one I couldn’t believe they were homemade. These are like crack. They are so ridiculously good you’ll be confiscating them from the tray.
This is the treat that you bring to the office party, the dinner party or in my case, my husbands potluck work lunch after the batch of chocolate cookies I made tasted nothing like chocolate (I used cheap cocoa powder) and I needed a last minute fix. This is the one everyone will be asking you for the recipe. They are that damn good.
And you will not believe how easy they are or what they’re made from. Whoever invented these needs a newly minted Culinary Award for best dessert to ever come from a soda cracker.
Having done this recipe several different ways before and here is my favourite way to do it.
1 Cup unsalted butter
1 Cup brown sugar (I used dark you can use light if you prefer)
2 Cups milk chocolate chips
35 Plain soda crackers (this will fit a 10″ x 15″ cookie sheet/tray – if yours is bigger, just add or take away crackers at will)
Nonstick cooking spray
The original recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips. I’ve tried that and so have many people who have tried these and everyone liked the milk chocolate chip ones better.
Measure out all your ingredients. Melt one cup of butter in your microwave or pot. I use the microwave because I am impatient.
Spray your cookie tray with non stick cooking spray. Lay out your soda crackers.
Start to pre-heat your oven to 350.
In the meantime, mix melted butter and brown sugar in a pot on your stove. Bring to a boil and let simmer on a medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. Do not boil for longer or it will get burnt and taste bitter. I usually bring mine to a boil and then lower the heat setting to 5 and set the timer for 3 minutes. After you do this several times you will get a better idea of the smell and texture of the mix to know when to take it off the stove (as well, everyone uses a different pot and has a different stove so when in doubt, set your timer for 2 minutes and check it then.)
Pour melted butter and brown sugar sauce over the crackers. Don’t panic if your sauce doesn’t cover everything evenly. The oven will take care of that. You can if you wish use a basting brush to spread it around over the crackers.
Bake crackers in the oven at 350 for 5 minutes.
Take crackers out and let cool or until sauce starts to harden. This shouldn’t take more than several minutes. If the crackers slide around in the tray as/when you take them out, just nudge them back into place with a fork.
While the crackers and sauce are hardening, take your chocolate chips and soften them in the microwave. I microwave them for approx 1 minute in a covered bowl. Then mix the softened chips to a nice chocolate paste. This will make for much easier spreading.
The original recipes for this call for just dropping the chocolate chips over the entire tray and letting them self melt over the heated tray and then spreading them out. I personally found they didn’t melt nearly enough and I didn’t want to put them into the oven for another couple of minutes again to have them melt. So this is my short cut.
Take the melted chocolate paste and spread it over your crackers.
Let the tray cool in the fridge for about an hour.
Take tray out of fridge and cut up your new giant chocolate bar – because that is essentially what you’ve just made. A giant imitation Skor bar.
This next step may seem obvious to some but it wasn’t to me the first time I did this. If you want nice relatively even square shapes, cut the lines around your crackers. The first time I did it I completely forgot and cut it down the middle and well, it was more like Skor bark bits.
Try not to eat them all at once. They may look like plain unassuming chocolate squares but don’t be fooled. These are SO good.
For the sake of Christmastime here’s a small tutorial on how to wrap them to make them look less like you spent nothing making them and more like you bought them from a Paris chocolate shop.
Get some parchment or wax paper and cut out a vertical strip.
Lay your bar pieces out in alternating sides with approx 1″ between each of the pieces. 2 sides chocolate face down, 2 sides cracker face down, repeat for as many as you want.
Then wrap like you were rolling a piece of dough. When done tuck the sides of the paper under the chocolates.
Get some kraft paper, yarn and any bells and whistles and Christmas embellishments that you wish to decorate with and wrap up the super non-expensive but they’ll never know it chocolate.
Makes a nice little treat for a Secret Santa maybe along with a bottle of wine. That is if you have any left to give out. The first time I made these I am convinced I needed a weeks worth of cardio just to burn off what I ate. Try it and let me know how it goes.