Wait, before I get into the deliciousness, did you miss my last post?
Alright, I have a tasty little treat for you today.
What I like to call “Cracker Jack Toffee.”
Sweet, slightly chewy, ultra buttery toffee, topped with one of the new Cracker Jack Snacks flavors, Butter Toffee.
I know, right? Kinda amazing.
Have you ever made toffee?
It’s crazy easy and you only need a few pantry staples.
Melt your butter in a medium saucepan.
Add your sugar and clip a candy thermometer to the pan.
Pour in the sugar
Stir, stir stir
Stop AS SOON as the temperature reaches 300, remove from heat. Not ONE DEGREE more. Carefully mix in the vanilla.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be very careful. Boiling sugar and butter will cause EXTREME burns. Believe me, I know. I stuck my finger in some when my Mom was making fudge when I was little and burnt the tip of my finger halfway off.
Pour the hot lava-like mixture onto a rimmed baking pan lined with buttered foil.
Next is the fun part. With traditional English Toffee, you would now top it with melted chocolate and almonds.
Buuuuuttttt, I didn’t want normal toffee.
I topped it with Butter Toffee flavored Cracker Jack Snacks, drizzled melted chocolate onto it and sprinkled with a little Kosher Salt!
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted Butter, plus more for buttering baking sheet
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Water
- 1 tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1½ cups Butter Toffee flavored Cracker Jack Snacks
- Pinch Coarse Kosher Salt
- ¼ cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with butter.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat melt 2 sticks butter.
- Clip a candy thermometor to the inside of the pan.
- Increase heat to medium and add sugar, water and corn syrup.
- Stir continuously until the candy thermometer reaches 300(DO NOT go over 300 degrees). This takes about 8-10 minutes.
- Immediately remove from heat, carefully stir in vanilla.
- Pour onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Evenly arrange the Cracker Jack Snacks onto the toffee and gently press in. Take care not to touch the toffee, as it is EXTREMELY hot and WILL burn you.
- Sprinkle with Kosher Salt.
- Allow to completely cool on baking sheet, about 30 minutes. Place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
- Melt chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave in 15 second increments until smooth.
- Place in a piping bag or quality zip lock back and sip the corner.
- Drizzle chocolate over the “Cracker Jack Toffee”.
- Place back in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Break into pieces.
- Store covered at room temperature.
I bet you if you are reading this post, Cracker Jack Snacks have been around your whole life. Well, actually I know this to be a fact because the oldest living person is 119 and Cracker Jack snacks is celebrating its 120 birthday this year!
120 years. Imagine being around for 120 years. That’s Americana if you ask me.
Cracker Jack brand actually got its start in Chicago at a tiny tiny popcorn stand.
It wasn’t introduced to the world until 1893 at Chicago’s First World Fair.
The logo we have all grown to adore, The Sailor Jack and his dog named Bingo, weren’t part of the icon until 1916.
Fun Fact: Enough Cracker Jack snacks have been sold that if you stacked them end -to -end, they would circle the earth 63 times.
Times have changed and so have the prizes. We live in a digital world, Cracker Jack Snacks are still giving us prizes, but now they are digital prizes. The prizes are now classic stickers with digital codes that unlock surprises online through a free Cracker Jack – branded app that features 2 nostalgic baseball and pinball games!
In 2013, Cracker Jack Snacks came out with 2 new tasty flavors….
My absolute favorite is, Butter Toffee. It lives up to its name, it’s Buttery and Toffee-y (totally a real adjective)
The new Kettle Corn flavor is equally as tasty. Light textured and airy puffed Cracker Jack snacks, slightly sweetened.
But not overly sweet, which I love.
Annnnndddd, the Original is still the bomb-diggity, only now with MORE peanuts!
Below is a fun info-graphic of Cracker Jack Snacks timeline.
Disclosure: I have been compensated for this recipe development and product reviews, but AS ALWAYS, all opinions are true and 100% mine.