Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack
If you like Heath Bars, you’ll love this chocolate toffee candy. It’s made with matzo, a Jewish cracker-like flatbread, and called crack because it’s insanely addictive. (Get it? Crack-ers.) It’s perfect for Passover but don’t worry if you can’t find matzos – there’s a wildly popular variation made with Saltines called Crack Candy (or Christmas Crack during the holidays) and it’s just as good. Both versions have a crispy, flaky cracker layer topped with buttery toffee, melted chocolate, pecans and sea salt – a combination that’s absolutely irresistible. And the beauty of it is, it’s easy to make – no candy thermometers, special equipment or tempering of chocolate required.
Begin by arranging the matzos in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Make the toffee by combining the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan and cooking until thickened.
Pour the toffee over the matzos. Be very careful – it’s super hot.
Spread it into an even layer.
Bake in the oven until bubbling all over.
While it’s still hot, scatter the chocolate chips over top and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Then, use a spatula to spread the chocolate into an even layer.
Sprinkle with chopped pecans and sea salt.
Refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board and cut into squares.
Eat and enjoy or give as gifts.
Makes about 35 2-inch squares
4-5 lightly salted matzos, preferably Streit’s
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter or Passover margarine
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, best quality such as Ghirardelli
1 heaping cup chopped pecans, toasted
½ teaspoon sea salt flakes (such as Maldon, available at Whole Foods) or kosher salt**
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil, making sure the foil goes up and over the edges, and top with sheet of parchment paper.
2. Cover baking sheet with matzos, cutting and piecing together as necessary to fill the entire pan.
3. Make toffee: Combine butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whisk, until mixture comes to a boil. (If it looks like it’s separating, just keep stirring; it will come together.) Once mixture comes to a boil, continue cooking and stirring for another 3 minutes until foamy and thickened. (Be extra careful — toffee will be very hot!) Immediately pour toffee over matzos and, using a spatula, spread into an even layer.
4. Put the pan into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the toffee topping is crackled and bubbling all over. Remove pan and place on wire cooling rack on the counter. Immediately scatter chocolate chips evenly over top. Wait 3-5 minutes for the chips to soften, then use a thin spatula to spread chocolate into an even layer. Sprinkle with pecans and sea salt. Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm, about 45 minutes. Don’t leave it in the fridge too much longer, otherwise it will be hard to cut.
5. Lift foil overhang to transfer matzo crack onto a large cutting board. Using a large sharp knife, cut into 2-inch squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and serve cold.
*It’s a good idea to toast the nuts for maximum flavor but, truth be told, I never bother.
**I love Streit’s lightly salted matzos for this recipe (and for breakfast slathered with butter and jam) but any brand will work. If you can only find regular salted matzos, cut back or omit the sea salt at the end. If you can’t find matzos, substitute Saltine crackers. You’ll need enough to cover the entire sheet pan.