I was watching Paula on the Food Network forever ago when she was making this simple candy with saltines, homemade toffee and chocolate bars. I thought right then, OoOoo, that looks good. Then I forgot about it for months on end.
Well, something made me think of it this week. I looked up that recipe for what she calls “Pine Bark” and cooked ‘er up. It was easy as hell for something that is wicked good. I have actually made it twice this week. Im just slack at getting it posted.
The first batch I made as directed by Paula. The 2nd, I did a combo of milk chocolate bars and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Then, I tossed some chopped mixed nuts on top. And in one corner of the sheet, I put some chopped dried tart cherries. Just to see how it would taste. It was surprisingly good. I am beginning to think tart cherries go with everything. If you are looking for a simple candy recipe, look no further. This one is easy and wicked good as well. It was co-worker approved when Jaos hauled it to work.
I can see a thousand different ways you could change this recipe up. We love it.
From Paula’s Home Cooking by Paula Deen
35 saltine crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
5 (4-ounce) milk chocolate bars, broken into pieces
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.Line a 15 by 10 by 1-inch jelly roll pan with tin foil. Lightly spray foil with a non-stick cooking spray.
Place saltine crackers, salty side up, in prepared pan. In a saucepan, boil butter and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Pour mixture over crackers and bake for 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven, top with candy bars, and spread evenly as chocolate begins to melt. Cool slightly and transfer onto waxed paper. Allow to cool completely.