Friday, December 21, 2012

Redneck Candy

Redneck candy.  LOL that is what we have always called this candy because it is made with saltine crackers.  I have made it for years and do not remember where I first got the recipe.  Have you ever tried crackers and chocolate?  mmmmmmmmm  I can remember my mom making chocolate cake with homemade icing.  She had to beat her icing and I remember her doing it in the bottom of a pressure cooker pot.  ~grins~  she still has that pot.  Beat it for one minute too long and it turned into a sugary fudge.  Timing was everything. Once the cake was frosted, she would scrape the left over icing and spread it on saltines for a treat for us. 

Dang did I just see something shiny and get side tracked or what?

Anyway back to candy.  The recipe popped up again on pinterest but with a twist.  Instead of saltines they used cheeze-its. 
                           FREAKING GENIUSES!!
This is a totally easy throw together you do not have to have special skills or a candy thermometer to have to do this kinda candy.
                                       CHEEZ IT BARK
                                  (looky there....even the name is fancier and more civilized)

2 sticks butter.  Yes real butter.  I think you could really cut that down to 1 1/2 sticks.  I am a butter lover so if I say you can do that you know you really can.
1 Cup packed brown sugar
2 bags of milk chocolate chips (going to try white chocolate next time)
1/2 box Cheez its.  I used the big ones.
1 cup toasted crushed pecans.

Pre-heat over to 400

Line your jelly roll pan with foil.  No really, do it.  Make sure you do not punch a hole through the foil.  You will thank me for this later.  Spray the foil with cooking spray.

Layer your cheez its flat on the foil.  Cover the entire pan. 

In a saucepan, melt the sugar and butter until it boils.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until it is thickened and the sugar is dissolved.  Pour this mixture over the crackers.  You might need to spread it a little bit.  Do not mix them around.  Just pour over the top. 

Bake them in the oven for 5-8 minutes or until your candy mixture becomes bubbly.  Take out of over and let sit for a few minutes.  Sprinkle all of your chocolate chips on top and then pop your pan back into your turned off oven for just a few minutes.  This will help your chips to melt. Taken the pan back out and you should be able to spread your chips like icing.

Sprinkle your pecans over the top.  Let cool (I refrigerate mine) until they are cooled and hardened.  Once they are cooled break into pieces.

The cheez its make a big difference!!

~grins~  You are welcome.

10 comments:

  1. Have you read anything by the Sweet Potato Queen? If not, then GET RIGHT OUT THERE and read her. (I think you'd especially love this one: http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Potato-Queens-Book-Love/dp/0609804138/ref=la_B001IGSTW6_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356138622&sr=1-2) You really need to trust me on this. (Camille? Are you done getting your mama's stocking stuffers? Because this could go in there!)

    Anywho... she makes "pig candy." Bakes bacon and brown sugar in the oven. Gooey, delicious, crazy horrible goodness.

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    1. No! I will get the book tomorrow. Pig candy. OMG!! Now I will have wonder dreams. OR nightmares where there is no bacon!

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  2. I love you. Will you marry me? LOL. Thanks for this...I making it THIS weekend. Without fail.

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    1. Yes yes I will Marlene. But not for the right reasons. I will marry you for snow and cupcakes. I think that we can make it work.

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  3. I'm a make this, sure. I super-❤Cheez-itz. I bet the non-stick foil would make this easy.

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  4. It was soo good and Marco loved it so thanks for the recipe

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    1. Glad Marco liked it!! You are welcome sweetie.

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